Being Fair but Doing Foul The play “Macbeth” is one of William Shakespeare’s most timeless pieces. The plotline of the play follows the actions of Macbeth, a Scottish royal who takes action to ascend in the royal ranks after interacting with supernatural forces. The piece discusses Macbeth’s transformation using themes of human flaws such as ambition, greed or power-lust. Although it might seem that he is driven to evil by outside forces, the person to blame for the killing in the play is Macbeth. Throughout the major plot-points of the play, the “protagonist” proves the old adage correct: actions do speak louder than words.
Throughout the play, readers get a sense of the ongoing battle between Macbeth’s relentless greed for kingship and what he perceives as being morally wrong. This tussle serves to portray the traits of both his ambition and his flimsy moral values. In the beginning of the soliloquy, Macbeth hallucinates a dagger whose handle points towards his hand. The dagger, and its specific position, simply symbolizes the act of murder that Macbeth is about to commit, further helping to embolden the recurring theme of violence found throughout the play. “Come, let me hold you.
--Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings. My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man" (I.iii.153- 55). Nonetheless, Lady Macbeth is found as though she is the steering wheel that drives her husband into committing the first awful deed. That is, by testing his manhood, Macbeth finds himself leaning towards the idea of killing his own King to achieve both of their ambitions of ruling Scotland. “--That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies.
“For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name – disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valor’s minion carved out his passage till he faced the slave; which nev’r shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, till he unseamed him from the nave to th’ chops, and fixed his head upon our battlements” (Act 1, Scene 2). His conscience in the beginning of the tragedy is clear and serene. This all ends when he decides to murder King Duncan. Macbeth starts to feel consumed with his guilty conscience, which makes him hallucinate. “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?
In William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, it is noticeable how Macbeth and his wife change from seemingly sane people to madmen, intoxicated by the desire for kingship. There is no doubt that the eponymous main character undergoes a radical change in character. If in the beginning he is in possession of ordinary moral standards, by the end of the play approaches he slowly discards them as he gets entangled in a string of betrayals and murders. While Macbeth transforms into a ruthless person, his wife devolves from a strong woman to a weak-hearted, guilt-ridden one. This paper aims to present the factors which contributed to their moral degradation and how each person’s madness manifests.
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." He no longer confides in his most trusted confidant showing his descension into paranoia and obsession with control. The natural order of the universe is disrupted when they murder the king and chaos it unleashed. This is shown in the aftermath: Macbeth hallucinates, Lady Macbeth
If killing someone was as easy as Macbeth did to his king Duncan, then everyone will kill anyone they want, but the sin of regret will come back as of the choice you choose to make as the same that will happen to Macbeth in the play, Macbeth by Williams Shakespeare. Macbeth plays a heroic performance as to protect his king and fight for the thane of cawdor. Shakespeare says fate is about pre-construction because Macbeth and Lady Macbeth makes their own choice, and they see their own sin of horror in his great tragedy Macbeth. Macbeth is the purpose of regretting his life because he’s desperate by his thirst of power. He listens to the untrue told by the witches and make wrong choices as he goes on.
Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, analyzes the tragic downfall of a man who pursued his prophecy given to him by three witches, and suffered the downfall because of it. Told his power was inevitable, Macbeth explores the idea of murdering the King to achieve his goal of becoming King himself. Macbeth continually faces this, contemplating the moral issue of committing murder to in turn, fulfill his powerful destiny. While facing this internal conflict, Lady Macbeth developes an influence over Macbeth as well. Driven by her own desire to be Queen, Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to commit the murder, by challenging his manhood and often reminding him that it is, in fact, his destiny.
The gunpowder a symbol of burning ambition, as both forces ignite with a source of power. Correlating the corrosive power ambition holds on Macbeth. Considering Macbeth was about to commit the worst crime possible during his allegiance to the throne. In Act I, scene 7, lines 25-28, Macbeth reflects on his decision to kill Duncan and concedes that he has no justifiable reason to do so. He admits, "I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but
Within Act 4, Scene 1, he states ‘From this moment, the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand’. The repetition of the word ‘firstlings’ conveys that Macbeth is no longer debating the pros and cons of taking immoral action, but instead he is senselessly causing chaos and destruction, and that he is unable to think rationally and calmly. When he kills MacDuff’s wife and children, it is apparent that Macbeth is behaving erratically and impulsively in order to maintain some semblance of power and control. He has reached the epitome of his villainy as this is the final example of the utter degradation of his character. Obviously, Macbeth’s own actions have resulted in the tragedy of his demise.