Keep the line in mind; "do" is an important word in this play. On line nine once the first witch says, “I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do” she implies that she's going to do many bad things to the sailor. What does Banquo ask the witches and what do they tell him? Banquo demands to know his own future. The witches prophecy that Banquo’s descendants will be kings, however he himself won't be.
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. As proved by Macbeth’s success to become the Thane of Cawdor, the prophecies are Macbeth’s fate; they will be the outcomes of his life, but how they will come to be is dependent on Macbeth’s own choices.
Macbeth needs to follow through with this plan because Fleance and Banquo could get in the way of Macbeth becoming King. The three witches had also foretold Banquo’s descendants to become king. Macbeth sends men to follow through with this plan. They succeed to kill Banquo, but Fleance escapes. After being responsible for the deaths of two people, Duncan and Banquo, Macbeth is in a state where he feels the need to keep murdering people that could possibly get in his way of becoming king.
Early on in the story it is revealed that Macbeth wants to become the king after listening from the prophecy told by the three wyrd witches. One example is when Macbeth says” Two predictions have come true. The First towards the ultimate goal, the throne!” (1.3.130-135). That proves that Macbeth has a lot of ambition to become the new king and to over throne Duncan. Another quote from Macbeth that shows his sole desire to become king is when he says “If fate says I’ll be king well fate may crown me, without my help” (1.3.
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
Some would argue that Lady Macbeth made him king, but his own desires were truly what fuelled his ambition to do whatever it took to make himself king. “Two truths are told, As happy prologues to the swelling act of the imperial theme” (Shakespeare 1.3 136-138). Lady Macbeth may have pushed Macbeth but he killed the former king and others to make himself king. Macbeth has the blood on his hands, he was not forced into killing anyone he did that out of his own desire to become king. Macbeth wanted to be king because he had the insight to what his future held which fueled his ambition and drive to become
Dismiss me. Enough.” (No Fear Shakespeare). Macduff is the only person that can take the crown from Macbeth so he kills Macduff’s wife and children while Macduff was away. The second prophecy said, “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.” (No Fear Shakespeare) but that just gave him more confidence to be on the throne.
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 track by 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 nature? Present fears are less than horrible imaginings” (1.3.150).
Macbeth and Lion King both describe a story of usurpation and revenge. The tragic hero, Macbeth, and the antagonist in Lion King, Scar, reach the same ambition by different means, but finally they both failed. First of all, Macbeth 's motivation is different from Scar 's, but different motivations cause them to do similar things, that is to usurp the throne. Three witches told Macbeth a prophecy that he will become the king, as they said,"All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
The reason Macbeth kills his friend Banquo is because Macbeth is afraid the second part of the prophecy will come true. The prophecy was spoken by the three witches came true so far, seeing as Macbeth became King of Denmark after killing King Duncan. He is also afraid Banquo will find out that he is the one that kills King Duncan because the prophecy claims that Macbeth will be King of Denmark. It might also be that he is afraid that Banquo would assicaint him so his son could become king because the prophecy says the Banquo will not be king but his sons will. So he kills his friend Banquo because the second part of the prophecy says something like, Macbeth will be king, but no sons taking his place.