The undeniable power of ambition and its aftermath are portrayed in William Shakespeare’s, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”. In the play, we discover that the main character Macbeth is very ambitious, courageous and a moral coward. All these characteristics lead to his down fall. These characteristics are represented throughout the play with his actions. At the beginning of the play Shakespeare describes Macbeth as a hero.
This use of dramatic irony shows that though the crown should show authority, when Macbeth wears the crown it displays deception. Malcolm, however, is someone who will not hide behind the crown and who deserves to hear the call of his people saying “hail, King of Scotland” (5.9.27). By killing Macbeth, Macduff brings the crown back to the royal bloodline, and the crown again means authority and respect. Though the crown makes Macbeth appear to be the rightful king, the reality of his guilt hinders him from enjoying the power and leads to his
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play full of darkness, evil, tragedy and it leads to murder of innocent people. Macbeth goes against his conscience and commits horrible deeds which leads him to lose everything he has and everyone around him. Macduff was the true hero of the play The Tragedy of Macbeth. Macduff is different from Macbeth because Macduff is courageous and unselfish. Macbeth is an evil and selfish person.
This lack of remorse is his shrill that pushes him to continue with his evil conspiracies. This conveys Macbeth’s character at the beginning to be a misrepresentation because for him to have killed Duncan who was his king and cousin as well as Banquo a friend and man who he fought alongside in the war is not the actions of a noble man. However, he first acts on his ambition in (2.1) when Macbeth makes his “is this dagger before me” speech; he acknowledges that what he sees is not real, but through this vaulting ambition he visualizes the dagger as sign that he should kill Duncan. After he kills Duncan it is apparent that his
At first, he is a loyal and courageous Thane for Duncan; however, he becomes deceitful once he decides to kill the king. He becomes blinded by the prophecy and persuasion by his wife, Lady Macbeth. As a result, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth act accordingly to gain and maintain power. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare proves unchecked ambitions are not worth seeking as they can cause an individual to sacrifice themselves and their morals. Macbeth attempts to immorally control his own fate by ignoring his conscience to pursue his ambition.
Macbeth fears Banquo so much that he will “champion his utterance” and will battle anybody to keep his crown(77). This demonstrates that rather let Banquo be king, he is going to challenge and fight him for his crown. Banquo is the only person that knows about the prophecy and he is also suspicious of Macbeth killing Duncan. Instead of letting Banquo's’ son receiving the crown easily, Macbeth is going to challenge him for the crown. In order that Macbeth can be king, he has to kill Banquo and his son, so they don’t take crown from
Macbeth could’ve saved himself if he did not kill Banquo and Macduff’s family. Killing Duncan was the right decision, however killing Banquo was unnecessary and killing Macduff’s family was cruel therefore leading to Macduff completely hating Macbeth. This hatred leads Macduff to kill Macbeth. Overall, Macbeth could have totally avoided this conflict if he was not such a power-hungry tyrant and could have lived a peaceful life if he just allowed for fate to continue its
However, after he murders Duncan, Macbeth ultimately experiences the guilt of his actions. As the story progresses, Macbeth goes on this killing spree that includes the deaths of Banquo and Macduff’s family. These deaths were a result of Macbeth’s insecurities that he would lose his power. Macbeth’s actual reign as King of Scotland contradicts what he expected. Therefore, Macbeth’s belief that he would enjoy his time as King of Scotland is ironic because in actuality he was not happy as the
William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the main character; Macbeth, is seen as an evil character. The play is based off of Macbeth’s decisions and his actions to become King. In the beginning Macbeth starts out as a hero in Scotland’s war with Ireland and towards the end he is transformed into a murderer. Macbeth is not wholly evil because of is heroism in the war, his love for Scotland, and because he didn’t want to kill King Duncan initially. Macbeth was brain washed by his wife and tricked into killing the King.
The mental state of King Macbeth quickly declined. He became fearful that Banquo might try to take the throne from him for his sons. In order to protect the throne, Macbeth believed he must also kill Banquo. Although this time, he was not going to commit the crime with his own hands. Macbeth hired three murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance.