To Macbeth’s surprise, he was named the new Thane of Cawdor because of his skills and bravery and his great ambition. Along came the witches and prophesied that Macbeth will be king of Scotland. The good trait of ambition that gave him a title of the new Thane also gave him the title of king but through the action of murder. It was not long lasting though, and his flaw of ambition that got him those high-class titles also ended him with defeat and death. Macbeth through all this knows that he has gone too far and that he can not escape his problems.
Even though he has a reputation like his Macbeth has a major flaw which ultimately leads to his downfall at the end of the play. The character trait downfall that Macbeth suffers from is his ambition for more power. Macbeth’s wife has an ambition for power also and might even have a bigger thirst for it than her husband. She already wanted Macbeth to kill the king when finding about and pushed for him to do it when he was unsure
Leadership that comes from one person can either lead their followers to triumph or to horrible devastation. The outcome of which all hinges on the leader's view of their role and their followers role. A difference in the view of what true leadership is, is what separates Macduff and Malcolm from Macbeth. Before Macbeth even fully commits to the idea of killing Duncan he admits that Duncan “hath borne his faulties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office (1.7.17-18).” At this this point in the play he is clearly acknowledging Duncan’s success and popularity throughout Scotland. He goes on to describe how the angels will weep when Duncan dies.
Macbeth’s ambition is one of the most prominent things that drive Macbeth in the play and truly becomes evident when he hears of the Witches prophecies. When the witches stop talking, he demands to know more. “Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more” (I, III, 73-74). This portrays his excessive curiosity on the subject as well as his craving for more desirable prophecies. This ambitious nature and craving for power is also demonstrated only moments after hearing the witches, when he starts formulating a plan to kill Duncan in order to make the third prophecy come true.
Their crafty words lead Macbeth into believing he was the chosen one, for he would unify a nation in anarchy. Man craves power, the witches said what Macbeth wanted to hear. These were hopes and dreams of a man driven by blind ambition to rule. In act one, scene three, the witches inspire Macbeth by saying “All hail Macbeth, Hail to thee, that shall be king hereafter” (Shakespeare Macbeth’s Act I,
Without the use of paradox throughout the play, the play would not make any sense at all. Near the beginning of the play, there are three witches who tell Macbeth of a prophesy to become King of Scotland, in which the witches chant, “fair is foul and foul is fair” to foreshadow the entirety of what lies ahead (I, i, 10-11). The phrase signifies that what lies ahead is fair and foul, however good is bad and bad is good. This truly gets its meaning when Macbeth kills King Duncan. He kills Duncan, and completes a foul act.
Macbeth is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true and thereafter becoming the King of Scotland. Macbeth was a brave soldier and a powerful man, but he is not righteous. Macbeth was a respectful man until his ambition to become
Shakespeare believes that ambition, when taken too far leads to our destruction as shown through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a heroic soldier who fights for the king without mercy, but he has struck for ambition, his curious nature and his wife’s ambition lead him to the witches who told him the prophecies. After the second prophecy has come true, Macbeth has become the thane of Cawdor. He has led to the growth of his ambition by his thought “whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and Ames my seated heart knock at my rib again the use of
During their time together, the witches give Macbeth another prophecy by telling him “beware Macduff; beware the thane of Fife... Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth... Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish 'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him” (Mac.4.1.81-107). Since Macbeth was told to beware of Macduff, he decides he is going to kill Macduff. When he goes to carry out the plan, Macduff is not there, but he instead he kills Macduff’s wife and kids. For a third time Macbeth is doing something morally wrong due to what the witches told him about his fate, that he would have never done had they never told him. After this happens Macbeth starts to calm down because he thinks there is no way the woods will move from Dunsinane hill and he knows everybody is born from a woman.
This becomes ultimately true as he loses his fight with Macduff. The prophecy yet tricks Macbeth as in the beginning it seems all fair and square to him yet it is deceiving. This is ironic in the sense that Macbeth was a deceitful to King Duncan before he murdered him. The same sort of influence came around to him which caused him his life at the end. Shakespeare focuses the three witches to make the reader get greater sense of deception which is the main theme of this