He also later finds out that he is a difficult man to murder, so it goes to his head and he believes he 's invincible. In Shakespeare 's Macbeth, the theme of blind ambition is developed through the motif of blood as seen in the assassination of King Duncan, the murder of Banquo, and the outcome of the second apparition. The assassination of Duncan was bloody and was the first act that was influenced by Macbeth’s blind ambition to be King. Macbeth at first tries to fight his ambition, he says, “First I am his kinsman and his subject,/Strong both against the deed: then, as his host,/Who should against his murderer shut the door,/Not bear the knife myself.” (I.vii. 13-16).
The Tragedy of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, continuously uses the Blood and Staining motif. The use of this motif emphasizes Macbeths deplorable need to be safely thus, as a tyrant would when murdering those who have cared for him. It also emphasizes character, corruption and death. Macbeths need to be safely thus as a king is a psychological reaction from having murdering a king himself and knowing that rulers aren’t completely untouchable. It also can be a reaction from having known he had completed a wretched task when killing Duncan, so he was automatically concerned for keeping that secret hidden from the world.
With his father just being murdered by his uncle Claudius and Polonius banning the relationship between him and Ophelia, the only thought running through Hamlet’s mind was anger and revenge. The acts of violence throughout the play comes in three different forms; murder, suicide, and combat. Polonius is unexpectedly murdered, Ophelia goes mad and commits suicide, and Hamlet provokes a battle with Laertes that ends poorly for both men. All three of these violent acts can be traced back to clouded judgements, indecisiveness, anger, revenge, and heartbreak. Shakespeare created such acts of violence to keep the readers on their toes and informed, but also to invoke questions.
While he is haunted by guilt, Macbeth has to secure his throne by murdering Banquo and Fleance. At the end of the feast which was set up for assassinating Banquo and his son, Macbeth is again terrified by the news that Fleance has fled and Banquo’s ghost will dried blood over his body. He said to the ghost: “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake/ Thy gory locks at me.” (3.4.51-52) These reactions all showed his ambivalence and the hatred to
As his wife, Lady Macbeth, urges him to kill king Duncan so he can become king, his urge for killing only grows and transforms him into a serial killer. There are many different aspects of this play that could have contributed to Macbeth’s tragic end, including characters. The three witches in the play could be to blame for this. They predicted his future which influenced him greatly. However, the main person to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is Lady Macbeth for three reasons: her insult on his manhood, her her manipulative tricks, and her influential qualities.
“Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind.” Due to the outside influence from the witches, he thinks that it is his destiny and that he must do everything to fulfil it; Lady Macbeth’s constant harassment pushed Macbeth to commit all evil. “When you durst do it, then you were a man; and, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.” Through his own ambitions, the ambition of his wife and the witches’ prophecies, Macbeth caused his own destruction and downfall. Ambition and power are something sought by many people, however, intentions of different people are
For instance, in the tragedy, Macbeth says, “Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ the’ sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls (4, 1,151-152). This quote from the text proves that Macbeth has no mercy on Macduff’s family because he decides to kill Macduff’s family, even though Macduff’s family didn’t do anything wrong. This act of Macbeth shows that the intensity of Macbeth’s guilt has been elevated, ever since Macbeth’s murder of King Duncan, because of Macbeth’s conscious efforts to keep everything he did under his
The Thane of King Duncan, Macbeth hears a prophecy that he himself will become king later on in the future after King Duncan. This then leads to Macbeth being overcome by greed. Since Macbeth greeds to be king so bad, he murders King Duncan and takes his place of the throne. Macbeth starts to live with so much guilt and fear that he commits even more murders to have his power safe. Macbeth is so confident in the prophecies that his life comes to a downfall and he gets killed by the people he did wrong.
(IV.1.90-94) The final victim of Macbeth was the family of Macduff. Macduff became a traitor of Macbeth and fled to England. This act angered Macbeth; therefore, he rehired the previous three murderers to slaughter Macduff’s wife and child. After Macduff received the news of his slain family, he decided to end the reign of Macbeth at once. Macbeth went into battle with full confidence to defeat him.
Not only did Macbeth die for being overly ambitious. His wife also dies as well for riding the same wave as Macbeth and being selfish for being king and queen. We see this in Act 5 scene 5 when Macbeth says, “She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word (5.5.20).” Macbeth caused his own death when he decided to murder and steal the rightful throne of
Finally, the vision of a bloody dagger that appeared right before the murder encouraged Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Firstly, the witches’ revelations prompted Macbeth to murder his loyal companions. When the three witches spoke of Macbeth becoming king, it sparked the idea that this could be a realistic goal. On page 13, Act I, scene iii, Third Witch created insight, "All hail, Macbeth, who will soon be King." After sharing