When one has ambition, their goal is to achieve it not thinking about the consequences. Hoping that everything goes as planned. In the fictional play, The Tragedy of Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth, a general in the Scottish army, has the desire of being king of Scotland in the eleventh century. While Macbeth makes the move of becoming king, he does actions that later on haunt him as soon as he becomes king. In this play, the consequences of Macbeth’s ambition are that he becomes cold hearted, a murder, and a bossy person. His actions relate to allusion, dramatic irony, and euphemism.
In the play Macbeth, Macbeth’s fate is what drives him to his decisions for both power and greed. This is portrayed when Macbeth when he kills Banquo and his son because his greed sees them as a threat to his throne, killing the king for power above all mortals, and his fate ultimately leading to his death and freeing time.
Macduffs family was killed bys Macbeth. “All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam” (4.3.255) Macduff is obviously hurt by the death of his family. Malcolm told MAcduff to man up about his family beibng assassinated but Macduff being the emotionol MAN he is said he’s feel it as a man. Usually the women in this time the charcters loived in were the more emotional beings but Macduff wasnt going to let the thought slide by being those were people he tuly cared about. Back in Act 2 when KIng Duncan was killed, Macduff showed a complete act of sorrow for his King. You could say this was a showing of Loyalty and Emotion considering he stopped Lady Macbe th from witnessing the heart gouching scene. “O gentle lady, / 'Tis not for you to hear what I can speak…” (2.3.60) Lady Macbeth is a diufferent kind of women though. She really wants to b e unisex so she can be ruthless as a women and Macduff automatically veiwed her wrong as an individual because she is of female
In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, blood is more than just what keeps all of the characters alive, it symbolizes guilt and eventually regret. Macbeth is one of these victims of guilt. His evil heart is pumping all of the regret and guilt through his veins and making him miserable. Three quotes that illustrate the power between blood and guilt are “act II, scene ii lines 60-66”, “act III scene iv lines 122-140”, and “ act V scene i lines 31-36”.
The Three Sisters have control over act 4 scene 1, based on the facts that their telling Macbeth almost word for word how he is going to die. In Act 4 the weird sisters are quoted saying “Macbeth! beware Macduff….” (Document D) hinting to the fact that Macduff will bring about bad news to Macbeth. Also in act 4 the Witches say “Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great
In this quote, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is but what is not.” (1.3.152-155) Macbeth mentions that the idea of murder scares him. The 3 witches never mentioned anything about murder. The fact that his first thought about his fate is murder is suspicious; almost as if the 3 witches have awoken a murderous ambition. In this quote, Macbeth says “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, for in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” (1.4.55-60) Macbeth is willing to put all morality aside when Malcolm is proclaimed Prince of Cumberland and heir to the throne of Scotland. He knows that killing Duncan in order to become king is wrong which is why is necessary to keep his “black and deep desires” a secret. In this quote “...Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o' th' milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it.” (1.5.15-20) Lady Macbeth reads the letter that Macbeth had sent her and immediately thinks of
The use of deception is very prevalent throughout the play Macbeth written by Shakespeare. Deception is the act of deceiving. You can compare it to fraud or a scam. Many of the characters in Macbeth use deception to persuade others to do things they want done. Most times these deeds are bad and in the end come back to haunt the characters. Throughout the whole play, Shakespeare uses the theme of deception to create tension, and scandals. These acts of deception will be the falling of many characters and also one of the main themes of the play. In acts one and two, the use of deception is demonstrated.
Macduff, the Thane of Fife, proves to be a loyal man when it comes to his country and his people. For example, Macduff deserts his family in order to go to England to meet with Malcolm and the king of England, so all three of them can go back to Scotland to defeat Macbeth for once and all. In Act IV, Scene 3, Macduff says that he would like to take up their swords and defend where they were born: “Let us rather Hold fast the mortal sword, and like good men Bestride our down-fall’n birthdom” (l. 2-4). When Macduff is in England talking to Malcolm and the king of England, Macbeth takes action and has Macduff’s family
Frantic, he orders a group of murderers to kill Macduff’s family. Consequently, when the time comes for Macbeth to encounter Macduff on the battlefield, he exhibits a moment of hesitation before proceeding to the duel. Feeling remorse for having Macduff’s entire family violently killed, Macbeth admits that he has a guilty conscience that he does not want to kill Macduff as well. “Of all men else I have avoided thee: / But get thee back; my soul is too much charged / With blood of thine already,” (Shakespeare 5. VIII. 5-7). In this instance, Macbeth shows that he can feel guilt, and he exhibits this by demonstrating that he does not desire to end the life of a man whose family was already victimized at his hands. Guilt is the one thing throughout the entire play that stops Macbeth dead in his tracks and causes him to take a moment to consider his present and future courses of action. Although Macbeth was lead to commit murder by the witches’ manipulative predictions of the future, he is the one who ultimately makes the choices that prove that he is in control of his actions, even when his actions cause him to be filled with
Through the course of ‘Macbeth’, masculinity is presented as a driving force to Macbeth’s crimes, making it a vital theme. In this essay, focus will be on masculinity’s presentation through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning, Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as “valiant”: a prized masculine quality and the key to respect in their society. However, this trait becomes warped along the play. Furthermore, Lady Macbeth has power comparable to man’s but is then cast aside by her husband at the end. Shakespeare thus presents masculinity in both a positive and negative light.
Macduff went to England to find Malcolm, King Duncan’s son, who fled Scotland so he would not be killed like his father. Macbeth no longer considers Macduff loyal to him and becomes apprehensive. Macbeth consorts with the murderers again to kill Macduff’s family, “give to the edge o’ the sword his wife, babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line” (Act 4, Scene 1). When a messenger comes to deliver the news to Macduff, he becomes sad but Malcolm tells him “… Let grief convert to anger…” (Act 4, Scene 3). Macduff and Malcolm go to war against Macbeth eager for revenge. Macduff, vengeful for his family’s death cuts off Macbeths head, and Malcom takes his rightful place as king.
Would you do anything to be loyal? William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is about a husband and wife who force their way to the crown but suffer in the aftermath of their actions. Lady Macbeth is not a monster. She is a loyal though misguided wife, not without tenderness and not without conscience.
The personality of Macbeth changes over the course of the play as Macbeth murders many innocent people like, Duncan, Banquo and Macduff's family. The death of these characters symbolizes the death and birth of something inside Macbeth and the beginning of his downfall. Macbeth, at the beginning or the play, a brave soldier only protecting his people and his king, to Macbeth a murderous tyrant only looking out for the greater good of himself.
For Macbeth’s desire to know more about his future, the Second Apparition says: “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn / The power of man, for none of woman born / Shall harm Macbeth… Then Macbeth responds, “Then live, Macduff. What need I fear of thee? / But yet I’ll make assurance double sure, / And take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live…” (IV. i. 81-83, 85-87). Despite of the second apparition telling Macbeth that no one born from a Woman can defeat him, Macbeth still is not completely certain and satisfied with its assurance. This is why, Macbeth says that he does not need to fear Macduff, but still needs to murder him to satisfy himself about the fact that Macbeth is undefeatable. Macbeth is guaranteed to be undefeatable, but Macbeth wants to leave no doubt and chances for him being defeated by Macduff. Furthermore, when Macbeth promises Lady Macbeth to become the King of Scotland, Macbeth assures his developed corruptive mindset. Macbeth says, “I am settled, and bend up / Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. / Away, and mock the time with fairest show. / False face must hide what the false heart doth know” (I. vii.
Eventually, he then acts upon his greed and abandons his morals through the vile words of Lady Macbeth. After the king 's death, Macbeth expresses his hatred towards killing the king "I have no spur/To prick the sides of my intent, but only/Vaulting ambition, which overlaps itself/And falls on the ' other." Specifically, under his new state of power, he was taking extra precautions to prevent anyone from taking his dignity and bloodline. Simultaneously becoming apprehensive of his throne for this purpose he kills Banquo otherwise his descendants will inherit the throne, and the killing of Macduff 's family since Macbeth was suspicious of his downfall might be coming. "Upon my head, they placed a fruitless crown/And put a barren sceptre in my grip,/Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,/No son of mine succeeding." There was no turning back, Macbeth was ready to face his despair with no sight of