We could see, from this point, The warrior and Duncan’s “worthiest cousin” (1.4.15) is so terrified by his own action that a sound would scare him. While he is haunted by guilt, Macbeth has to secure his throne by murdering Banquo and Fleance. At the end of the feast which was set up for assassinating Banquo and his son, Macbeth is again terrified by the news that Fleance has fled and Banquo’s ghost will dried blood over his body. He said to the ghost: “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake/
With beign power hungry and to minimise the suspicion brought upon him, he ordered two murderes to murder both Busquo and his son, Fleance. Fleance got away but his father didn’t. The witches then told Macbeth to fear Macduff and told him no man born by a women can hurt him. He then ordered the murder of Macduff and his family but Macduff fleed to England. When Macduff heared about the masacure of his family, he vowed to kill Macbeth.
If he were truly a loyal patron, this thought would not last as long as it did in Macbeth’s head, but his ambition transformed him. As Macbeth’s downfall advances he loses his integrity since his vision is clouded by his ambition and maintaining his rule. Macbeth’s mania gets to a point where, “[the Witches] no longer need to go and meet him; he seeks them out. He has committed himself to his course of evil… We have no hope that he will reject their advice; but… they make careful preparations to deceive him into [accepting it]”
Originally, Macbeth needed persuasion from his lady to follow through with Duncan’s murder; however, the audience sees Macbeth’s ambition grow when he plans Banquo’s death on his own. He even tells his wife to “be innocent of knowledge, dearest chuck” (3.2.45). This act of lonely violence displays the progress of Macbeth’s ambition. He went from a man who needed an extra push in order to carry out such an evil plan to one who was able to orchestrate his own scheme. Guilt and fear consume Macbeth after the first murderer informs him that Banquo has been killed but his son Fleance escaped the murderous grasp.
He also says that, by eliminating Duncan, he would only be teaching his subjects that a rise to power is possible through violence, and karma would come back to bite him. He believes that he should not murder Duncan because he is his servant and host whose main goal is always to protect him. Duncan has been a gracious and humble leader that many respect, and in the case of his untimely death, his subjects would mourn him greatly. In spite of this, when Lady Macbeth offers the escape of blaming the murder on the guards, Macbeth’s ambition kicks in and he is in total support of the crime. Proven from a direct quote from Macbeth himself, Macbeth’s flaw, hubris, further supports his status as an aristotelian
“If We Must Die”by Claude Mckay places emphasis on a meaningful death and never giving up even when the odds aren't in your favor. McKay lectures,“Like men we'll face murderous cowardly pack pressed to the wall dying but fighting back,” McKay,13-14) " the speaker knows that the odds are not in his favor yet he continues to give it his all. To McKay, the honor of knowing that you put in everything you had right up until the last minute is very important. McKay like Antigone do what they think is right and don't worry about what the end result might be. McKay announces “ the monsters we defy shall be constrained to honor us though dead”( McKay 7-8).
Being his wife she has even darker plans for him before he was even thinking of doing anything about the crown. She hatches a plot to frame the guards for the murder by leaving the knife Macbeth uses to kill the King near them while they are drugged. Macbeth does the deed of killing Duncan but brings the knife back and is very set back by what he just did and completely forgets he is supposed to leave the knife near the guards to make it look like they did. Lady Macbeth goes back and does this herself showing her utter ruthlessness to get Macbeth on the throne more than he really even wants to. She questions his ability to do the task, “IF we should fail?
Macbeth attempts to immorally control his own fate by ignoring his conscience to pursue his ambition. Before Macbeth murders King Duncan, he contemplates if he should commit the evil deed that will come with consequences. He stresses, Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return To plague th ' inventor: this even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice To our own lips. He’s here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself (1.7 9-17).
In stories where a character experiences a downfall, there is always something or someone who is to blame. Readers may wonder whenever these kinds of incidents happen. In the William Shakespeare play, Macbeth, the character Macbeth has an incredibly horrible downfall that progresses from the beginning to the end of the play. He starts out a normal man whom the audience would never expect to change in the way he does. As his wife, Lady Macbeth, urges him to kill king Duncan so he can become king, his urge for killing only grows and transforms him into a serial killer.
On of them tells him he needs to be aware of Macduff. At this point, his paranoia has grown to new heights and he fears anyone in the Macduff family is a threat. To avoid being overthrown, his ambitions lead him to have Macduff and his family killed without a second thought. “Seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' sword / His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls” (4:1:152-153). Though when the murderers go to kill them, only Macduff’s family is home.
He cannot actually kill sleep. In this personification, sleep is given a human-like quality. Because of his guiltiness, Macbeth is paranoid and the lunacy is invading his mind in every aspect. When Macbeth orders Macduff’s family to be killed, he declares, “From this moment / The very firstlings of my heart shall be / The firstlings of my hand” (4.1.166-168).
Word Count:697 Consequences of Choices While the motivating factor of people's choices are all different, their decision they make, is what determines the consequences. In the play 'Macbeth,' we see how Macbeth's poor decisions and lack of character leads to his tragic death. Because of Macbeth's decision to kill Duncan, his decision to assassinate Banquo, and his decision to visit the witches, the consequences of his actions lead to his death. Macbeth's decision to have Duncan killed, leads to consequences that cause his downfall.
When fate is brought into question, one thing people often ponder upon is what is the point of no return? There were many times throughout Macbeth by Shakespeare that Macbeth had the opportunity to change his serendipity. If Macbeth would have swallowed his pride when he received the three prophecies from the three witches, what was destined for him could have immensely been altered. Macbeth’s first encounter with the witches in Act 1 Scene 3 was the moment at which his entire world took a turn for the worst. In this scene the witches appear with a clap of thunder and soon stumble upon Macbeth and Banquo.
In the case the Infernal Denizens v. Macbeth, Macbeth, former King of Scotland, is appealing to ascend into Purgatorio in the Infernal Court of Dis. The issue of the case is: does Macbeth have the right to go ascend into Purgatorio given the crimes he committed during his life? The prosecution’s argument is that Macbeth must be sentenced to the Inferno based on the crimes committed during his life because they amount to usurpation, overbounding tyranny, and unjustified killing. The prosecution’s case of the Infernal Denizens v. Macbeth has three distinct issues.
Macbeth’s Greatest Downfall It is a very common misconception in today’s society that ambition in it’s entirety is only ever a positive thing. From a young age we are taught that we are to aspire for greatness in everything we do, as it is only then that we will succeed. However, what often times goes unseen is how ambition can turn from a simple drive to succeed into a vengeful desire fuelled hunger towards gaining further power. Macbeth’s greatest downfall within Shakespeare's famous play is not a tragic flaw, and he himself is not a tragic hero. It’s not an influence from a greater power either, but rather it is his vaulting ambition and greed that cause him to fail at the end of the play.