Two men search to find what they want, but end in failure. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth, an excellent general, earns many titles throughout the play such as the “Thane of Glamis”, the “Thane of Cawdor”, and eventually, the King of Scotland. Macbeth is a general under King Duncan when the play opens as Macbeth successfully completes a mission under the King, which, in turn, earns him the “Thane of Cawdor.” After celebration over this, three witches visit Macbeth. These superstitious beings hint to Macbeth that he is the true King of Scotland, and the throne is his. The witches use factual recollections and predictions to convince Macbeth. Over the course of the play, Macbeth becomes obsessive about how to gain the
5/3/2016 MACBETH Summary and Commentary Act 1-Summary Three witches predict the future for Macbeth and Banquo. Macbeth is named the Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth desires Macbeth to kill King Duncan, so that he (Macbeth) may become king of Scotland. Quote: “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!”
Macbeth is a play written by Shakespeare in 1606. Macbeth is essentially a story of a warrior who gets consumed by his own greed and ambition. Betrayal is a prevalent theme throughout the play that shifts power between the characters. In the beginning, the Thane of Cawdor betrayed the country and the king. When King Duncan heard the news he removed him from his position, “ No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive Our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death, And with his former title greet Macbeth” (Shakespeare 1:2:63-66).
While throughout the play, Macbeth exhibits choices and unlawful actions that are against his moral and virtues. This opens the door to Hell and closes the one to Heaven. Theses choices reflect on his thoughts about trusting someone but, then betraying them at the end. In Act I, Scene I as the war was ending, the Thane of Cawdor was brought up to Duncan to meet his fate.
This scene introduces other characters such as Malcolm, Duncan, Lennox and Ross. In this Scene, the captain enters with battle wounds and Malcolm and Douglas immediately begin to question the captain about the battle. The captain states that Macdonwald was supported by foot soldiers and horsemen and had luck on his side. The armies were evenly matched for some time, but then Macbeth killed Macdonwald from belly button to jaw, killing him.
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. Macbeth’s Ambition and Greed resulted in his downfall. Constantly wanting more, Macbeth allowed his blind ambition to dictate what actions he took to obtain being king and staying king.
Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!...that shalt be king hereafter (Act 1, Scene 3).” The play Macbeth starts off with the three witches telling Macbeth and Banquo that Macbeth will become the Thane of Cawdor and then he will become king. Soon after, Macbeth learns that King Duncan has named him as the Thane of Cawdor. With this, Macbeth begins to believe that the witches’ prophecies must be true and is determined to become king. He says, “Let not light see my black and deep desires (Act 1, Scene 4),” implying that he has the inner desire to now become king.
Over the course of the play, power causes Macbeth to turn from honorable to cruel which leads to his downfall. Early on in the play, ¨Macbeth¨, Macbeth is seen as an honorable man toward everyone, especially toward king Duncan. When the witches tell Macbeth that he will be thane of Cawdor and soon king he says,¨I know I am thane of Glamis. But how of Cawdor? The thane of Cawdor lives, a
(1.3.126-128). To reinforce what Banquo says, Macbeth already knows that he is thane of Glamis. There is a battle going on, and the thane of Cawdor died, but Macbeth has yet to hear wind about it. The witches could have knowledge about this, and just told him what he wants to hear about being king
One of them, a bloody child, tells him that nobody born of man can kill him. He feels safe because of this and because another of the apparitions tells him that he will be safe until the Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane hill, which Macbeth knows is impossible. He then receives word that one of the king’s generals, Macduff, is fleeing to England. Macbeth then sends killers to wipe out Macduff’s entire family and his castle. When Macduff hears that his family was killed he is grief ridden and enraged.
King Duncan’s sons Malcom and Donalbain foresee the danger that Macbeth poses on their lives and they flee to England where they train an army to attack Macbeth at Dunsinane. When Macduff receives news that Macbeth has ordered for his family to be killed he is enraged with
Macbeth is the Shakespearean play that features the triumphant uprise and the inevitable downfall of its main character. In this play, Macbeth’s downfall can be considered to be the loss of his moral integrity and this is achieved by ambition, despite this, Lady Macbeth and the witches work through his ambition, furthering to assist his inevitable ruin. Ambition alone is the most significant factor that led to Macbeth’s downfall. The witches are only able to influence his actions through Macbeth’s pre-existing and the three witches see that Macbeth has ambition and uses it to control his action.
At the beginning of the play Marson stated that Macbeth is portrayed as “valiant, dutiful to his sovereign, mild, gentle, and ambitious” (68). However, soon Macbeth is welcomed by the three witches and they speak their prophecy and declare him Thane of Cawdor. Still, Macbeth’s mental state is not shaken up, however, he is in a delusional state of mind. Macbeth rejoices and sends a letter to Lady Macbeth knowing that the witches’ prophecies come true. At the time, Macbeth has no interest in killing King Duncan, but Lady Macbeth does.
‘Macbeth’s ambition is his only weakness’. Do you agree? Macbeth’s greatest weakness is his ambition, but it is also his greatest strength. Despite his ambition being one of his major weaknesses, it is not his sole weakness he exhibits that contributes to his inevitable death.
“Go pronounce his present death,/And with his former title greet Macbeth”(1.2.64-65). The King was very confident in Macbeth and that is why he named him he new Thane of Cawdor. King Duncan considered Macbeth as a friend, he was comfortable being around him and trusted Macbeth. Macbeth holds a high title as a hero of war and the new Thane of Cawdor which means he couldn’t possibly be wholly