At the beginning of the play Macbeth, the main character Macbeth learns that he will become King. When he realised he could be the leader, the power he desperately craves motivates him to alter his character. “Tis unnatural, Even like the deed that's done.” (2.4.6-14) The Old Man in the play says this after they found King Duncan brutally murdered. This proves that the death was unnatural and it was in fact a murder, a murder by Macbeth. The scottish general was not only out of character but absorbed by his lust of the throne, Macbeth’s yearning for authority was pushed by the witches
Macbeth began to turn evil when he decides to commit regicide on King Duncan, and all he could think about was finishing him off for good, when he said, “If it were done, when ’tis done, then ’twere well / it were done quickly” (Shakespeare 1.7.1-2). Macbeth’s mind was full of ambition to make his last prophecy of becoming King of Scotland come true, that instead of celebrating himself as Thane of Cawdor, he consumes himself with the witches and his ambitions that he became one of the nature of evil itself. Furthermore, Macbeth’s act of evil continues and became darker after he became King of Scotland. After becoming King, he went on a murdering rampage for those who got in his way of trying to strip him of his leadership, and that even meant killing his best friend Banquo and Banquo’s son Fleance. Before Banquo died, he spoke, “O, treachery!
In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, there are major themes of manipulation, as well as guilt. When the focus of the play, Macbeth, is prophesized by 3 witches that he will become king, the conclusion that in order to do so, the current king, King Duncan, must be killed is reached. Macbeth undoubtedly wishes to be king and believes that he is entitled to kingship, but due to his steadfast loyalty to Duncan, he is doubting his ability and willingness to commit the murder. Macbeth infers that because it was prophesized, he will become king without having to kill Duncan. His wife however believes that it would be best for the both of them if Macbeth were to become king as soon as possible.
The Struggle Macbeth manages is inward clash (Individual versus Self) all through the play. He battles with the aspirations he has after the witch 's prediction. Macbeths need to keep to his ethics, however this present clash 's with he 's mission to end up lord. A case of this is when Macbeth goes to slaughter King Duncan, and sees a spooky blade. Additionally, at a supper, he sees the phantom of his companion Banquo that he had executed on the grounds that Macbeth considered him to be a danger to his throne.
There are some quotes in the play that really demonstrate how Lady Macbeth questioned Macbeth’s Manhood. There is a part where Lady Macbeth says In Act 1 scene 7 "When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man." In this quote it demonstrates to us how Lady Macbeth questioned Macbeth’s Manhood in order to convince him to do things that would demonstrate that he actually is a “man” and according to Lady Macbeth doing what in this case was murdering King Duncan would make Macbeth much more than a man. In conclusion and in my opinion Manhood is one of the biggest factors in the play. Where everyone was willing to murder and leave their morals behind in order to accomplish what they wished for.
One of the apparitions warns Macbeth of Macduff. Macbeth kills Macduff’s family in order to lure Macduff to him. While Macduff is searching for Macbeth, he refuses to kill Macbeth's servants because they “Are hired to bear their staves: either thou, Macbeth, / Or else [his] sword with unbattered edge / [He shall] sheathe again undeeded”(Act 5.6.18-20). Shakespeare shows the progression of the meaning of masculinity by contradicting the stereotype of violence that many people had during the 1600’s. During that time, it was expected of a man to fight as a way to express his masculinity and power, but Shakespeare shows that to be masculine a man does not need to be hostile towards innocent people.
In act two the flaw of betrayal continues when Macbeth decides to kill duncan and take his spots as king of Scotland. Macbeth and lady Macbeth make this plan up to kill the king were she would signal Macbeth by ringing s bell when the king has fell asleep Macbeth hears the bell and says “Duncan; for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell.” This means he is on the way to kill Duncan to fulfill his prophecy. After Macbeth does the deed he doesn 't feel like he is
Instead of adversity being directly presented in the play, it is created by the actions of the title character. Following a prophecy in which he becomes King of Scotland, Macbeth commits numerous atrocities, including regicide, to fulfill his supposed destiny. Adversity, when viewed as misfortune, can be applied to both the trials that Macbeth endures and the overarching theme of fate and free will. While influenced by the prophecy, Macbeth ultimately decides his own fate, and carves a path that traps both himself and other characters in a cataclysm. Before murdering Duncan, Macbeth expresses doubt about killing his king through numerous soliloquies.
Should he be morally sound and not kill the King or take the chance and do it. Macbeth is faced with three internal struggles, considering killing the King, weighing the advantages and disadvantages, and the aftermath of killing the King. The reader first sees Macbeth have an internal struggle when he’s thinking about murdering King Duncan. "If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir." (I, iii, 143-144) When he says this he’s showing guilt over the immorality of his intentions.
In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, the protagonist desperately tries to live up to the image of a man that his society portrays. The search for his manhood leads him to violent acts that inevitably get him killed. In this tragedy, male and female roles are constantly discussed and defined. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth equate masculinity to violence and aggression. They both believe that in order to be a real man, then a man must perform violent acts when necessary.