Shakespeare shows the reader that one persons greed can get him killed and other people around to turn on him, By showing the reader what decisions Macbeth made to elevate his status in power. The kind of people who changed around them and how they changed. Furthermore in Act 1, Macbeth is given a prophecy that he would become king by three witches. This leads to him into thinking greedy and commiting murder. He acted because his first prophecy came true about being thane of cawdor.
They are responsible because they tried to make Macbeth jealous, they also said Macbeth will become a king after the Thane of Cawdor, and they also made Macbeth think their prophecies would be true. The Witches are responsible for Macbeth’s downfall because they came up with a prophecy saying Banquo’s descendants will all become kings. Another reason that shows they are responsible is when they told Macbeth he’ll become king after being the Thane of Cawdor. The last reason that shows the witches are responsible is when Macbeth kills the king because the Witches’ prophecy influenced his decision to kill the king. People should be held accountable for their own actions, but when someone influences a person into doing something it is different.
In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare introduces us to a man on a mission to assassinate the reigning king of Scotland, King Duncan. Through King Duncan, Shakespeare reveals Macbeth’s crude and unfiltered nature while capturing every second of Macbeth’s sadistic plan. With the use of paradox, internal character struggles, and the idea of fate, Shakespeare provides insight on what madness Macbeth created and the effect his madness has on other characters. Through the use of paradox in the play, minor details guide the path of the story to the very end. Without the use of paradox throughout the play, the play would not make any sense at all.
He starts to get interested in finding out more, even after Banquo’s warning. Macbeth asks the Witches to “Stay you imperfect speakers. Tell me more./ By sinel’s death I know I am Thane of Glamis./ But how of Cawdor?” (Shakespeare 1.3.70-73). He wants to know more because he wants power. However, the Witches disappeared without saying another word.
First, he very clearly voices is concern of being caught or punished for killing the King. “This even-handed justice commends the ingredients of our poison’d chalice to our own lips” (Shakespeare 27). He declares that if he goes through with murdering Duncan he will be punished one way or
Ironically, as the causes of more events were understood, this led to a greater recognition that many events still could not be understood, promoting wider belief in magic and the supernatural and a changed understanding of what witchcraft involved. For example, leaders accused witches of causing the black plague (Witchcraft in the Elizabethan Era 20). More broadly, accused witches were charged with having used dark forces to cause adverse events and to torture others. The definition of witchcraft came to include the idea that witches were ‘demon worshipers’ who worshiped the devil and used his magic. Not surprisingly, Shakespeare’s writing strongly reflected ideas about witchcraft in his time.
His ambition for power soon conflicts with his morals as Macbeth does an incorrigible act of killing the current king of Scotland and taking over the throne. Macbeth soon lost a sense of his morals and began to murder more people in order to secure his spot on the throne. In his play The Tragedy of Macbeth,
The murders that Macbeth committed not only showed his brutality and ruthlessness but it also showed how twisted is soul is. These murders indicate the darkness of Macbeth because he not only kills the king, but he kills those who love and respect him. It could also be because of how selfish and corrupt Macbeth became from the thirst of power that could never be quenched. Once becoming the Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth enjoyed having a title to his name. Sadly, this title was not enough for him so Macbeth’s imagination had the “witches” prophecy be that Macbeth would become the Thane of Cawdor (which he already knew) and a king.
In this assignment I will attempt to briefly discover and discuss the factors which caused Macbeth’s fall from grace. There are arguably many factors that affected Macbeth; however I will not discuss them all. In Particular I will attempt to discuss the effect each of The Witches, King Duncan, MacDuff, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth himself. The first factor that had affected Macbeth early on in the play are The Witches. The Witches are mainly portrayed as ugly hags who find joy in the suffering of others, at least in my honest opinion that’s how they are portrayed.
The Tragedy of Macbeth stems from the fearless, hero of Scotland who then turned into a ruthless king who will kill anyone he sees as a threat. Macbeth, ultimately, is responsible for his crimes. Shakespeare’s idea of free will associated with fate and destiny is a common theme. Notably, before assessing Macbeth’s responsibility for his crimes, there must be validation as to if Macbeth has free will or a way to change his fate. One example is the choice of actions between Macbeth and Banquo.