In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the play follows the "pernicious" degradation of Macbeth as a mildly ambitious, candid and steadfast character. "Brave" Macbeth's ultimate downfall from his "valiant" self stems from excessive ambition, juxtaposing to his former self who believed to be king was "not within the prospect of belief". Further, his later zeal is contrasted by a formerly held belief that "chance" would enact "without [his] stir". Macbeth's peers' views are quickly altered as "honourable" Macbeth descends from his esteemed self. " Worthy" for acting as a "good and hardy soldier", he soon becomes one who "unseems from the have to the chops" not only on the battlefield, but as a means to "o'erleap" those who oppose him in his everyday life.
From Macbeth’s coronation at Scone to the final scene of the tragedy, the crown is in the hands of an unrightful owner. When Banquo tells Macbeth that Duncan “might yet enkindle [Macbeth] unto the crown,” (1.3.120), the audience sees the first signs of the crown changing owners. Macbeth presently gets the crown, but because he has won the crown through a regicide, he cannot enjoy the power he has received. He admits that “to be thus is nothing, / but to be safely thus” (3.1.49-50), stating that it is nothing to have the title of king unless he is a worthy king. This use of dramatic irony shows that though the crown should show authority, when Macbeth wears the crown it displays deception.
She emasculates Macbeth and challenges his bravery, which to him is the essence of a being a man, "coward." Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatium, be a coward or kill the king. Macbeth succumbs to evil and in doing so, betrays his King. God 's divine order is disturbed as Macbeth challenges God by killing the God appointed King and assuming the role for himself in his quest for power. Later on in the play, Macbeth asserts his right over Lady Macbeth, flipping their dynamic, and distances himself from her,"be innocent of the knowlded dearest chuck.
Although many believe Malcom will not fix the mess made by Macbeth in the castle, Malcolm 's great actions and words displayed himself as a great leader, suited to be king. Malcolm’s first actions to help further the kingdom of Scotland appears in the middle of the story. Malcolm’s actions displaying great leadership is shown when King Duncan dies. His words to his brother shows how warlike intelligence he is “What will you do?
Macbeth is a brilliant solider and patriotic to King Duncan. The king refers to Macbeth as, “Valiant Cousin,” thus showing that the two have a very close relationship. Macbeth is faced with a moral crisis that he should kill King Duncan and take to the throne or leave him and carry on being the Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth entices him to commit the murder because she is just as ambitious as her husband and she persuades him by questioning his manhood. She even calls upon the dark spirits to take away her soft womanliness.
But all was in vain, for brave Macbeth (he deserves that name well) scorned Fortune with his swinging sword, which steamed with the blood of the slain. Like valor’s favorite, he slashed his way until he faced the villain. Without bothering to shake hands with him, or to say farewell, he ripped him open from his navel to his jaws and stuck his head on our battlements. This text from Act I Scene II is an example of how well Macbeth served his country before he was told he would be Thane of Cawdor then king by the Weird Sisters in Act I Scene III.
Sophocles showed that being too passionate can lead to your downfall in Antigone. Polyneices was a warrior, therefore, Antigone thinks that Polyneices “fought just as bravely” and should have been buried just like Eteocles (Prologue 18). Antigone should not have buried Polyneices because of the consequences that Creon has decreed. Unfortunately, her stubbornness allowed her to be caught and she never surrendered to
His courage is an immense contrast to his father, who only suffers his handicap, showing that people need to live up to their potential and be brave to change the world. Looking away and adapting to wrong actions is not acceptable. In Contrast Harrison storms in saying he is “the emperor, (…) the greatest ruler who has ever lived” and “everybody must do what (he says)”, he sounds power-mad, perhaps even insane. Vonnegut says that individuals need to fight only to make his hero a power-hungry godlike creature, being both an unreachable ideal and unreliable threat.
While his plot to get to the throne succeeds his newfound power only works against him and the wills of the common people eventually leading to his downfall. The Macbeth who was described by Duncan in previous scenes as his “worthiest cousin (1.4.17)” a man who was said to be brave, courageous, and dedicated to his king and country is lost. He becomes mistrustful of everyone, killing anyone whom he perceives as a threat. Each of his vices continue to grow until he has left Scotland in turmoil and ruin. The great kingdom for which he fought for is now a memory.
The devastation that hit him, when his own country disappointed him, was what drove him into the abyss of tyranny. This obsession with success was, what many psychologists found as obsessive compulsive, and Hitler as an individual, to this day, is not the only case of this acting out into
In Act 5 Scene 2 in Macbeth, written by Shakespeare, Lenox, Menteith, Caithness, and Angus, the four lords of Scotland, are discussing Macbeth’s deeds and behavior. As a result of his heinous acts, they decide to join Malcolm and his English forces, waiting in Birnam Woods, to fight Macbeth at Dunsinane. Through metaphors, Lenox, Menteith, Caithness, and Angus depict their wish to make Malcolm the legitimate king by executing Macbeth, signifying their loyalty, a prevalent theme, to the rightful king of Scotland. Relating to the motif of clothes , Angus’ simile describes the men’s perception of their King of Scotland, for whom the lords of Scotland have lost faith in.
Who’s to Blame? (An analysis of who is to blame for the downfall of Macbeth in the play Macbeth) Macbeth, is a play written by the famous William Shakespeare. The story focuses on this character named Macbeth. It is considered a tragedy in the multitude of plays that have been written. Macbeth in conclusion of the play is labeled as a tyrant and very decisively, insane.
"Ambition is a very dangerous thing because either you achieve it and your life ends prematurely, or you don't, in which case your life is a constant source of disappointment" (Jeremy Clarkson). To avoid failure one must follow through extreme measures. In William Shakespeare's Macbeth and Guy de Maupassant's The Vendetta, this concept is demonstrated. The protagonist in Macbeth encounters the battle with himself and others to reach full sovereignty. And The Vendetta involves who feels the need to avenge against a former murderer.
Word Count:697 Consequences of Choices While the motivating factor of people's choices are all different, their decision they make, is what determines the consequences. In the play 'Macbeth,' we see how Macbeth's poor decisions and lack of character leads to his tragic death. Because of Macbeth's decision to kill Duncan, his decision to assassinate Banquo, and his decision to visit the witches, the consequences of his actions lead to his death. Macbeth's decision to have Duncan killed, leads to consequences that cause his downfall.