He states, “The castle of Macduff I will surprise Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o' the sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls” (4.1.150-152). At this point Macbeth is out of control and is killing anybody he suspects, showing that he is clearly paranoid and delusional. Once Macduff finds out his family is killed he decides to finally kill
Thus, he murders his friend for his own selfish desires and his crimes verge upon him through his ultimate ruination. Additionally, Macbeth treats his people with cruelty by murdering the innocent to display his authority. Macbeth orders, “The castle of Macduff I will surprise, /seize upon Fife, give to th’edge o’th’sword/ His wife, his babies and all unfortunate souls/ That trace him in his line” (4.1.164-167). Macbeth demands the slaughter of Macduff’s family after learning that Macduff has fled to England.
The murders are ordered by Macbeth to try and protect himself from Macduff and Malcolm. In Act 4, Macbeth allows himself to complete the murder of the Macduff's himself, instead of allowing his people to do it. He knows that killing Macduff's family will not protect him from any of the witches' predictions, but will protect him from Macduff. During the scene of the Mucduff's murders, Macebth states to Lady Macduff that her husband will receive great deviation from their murders, which reveals Macbeth's desire to harm and kill all that are in his way. He completes the final steps in becoming a cruel king and leader, and shows his people to not try and overtake his throne.
Macbeth’s ruthless actions have all been the result of a prophecy, a prophecy in which he had become paranoid to the point where he saw murdering his best friends as a necessary step to accomplishing his goal and cementing his place as the king. During his time as king, Macbeth had shown what he was capable of and while the events of the play never actually occurred it is a good example of what any man or woman could do if they are ambitious enough to chase their dreams, goals or
After all, Macbeth had hired assassins to kill the entirety of Macduff's family, the only people that he had only seemed to ever love. And Macduff was angry. As Macbeth paced the top of the building mumbling to himself, Macduff watched, waiting for the right moment to strike. When Macbeth was turned away, and not looking in his general direction, Macduff decided that it would be the perfect time to make an appearance.
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play that mainly focuses on one common theme of insanity. Macbeth gradually becomes plagued by intense guilt as his desire for power drives him to attain his goals by any means necessary, including committing murder. He kills Duncan in cold blood in order to become King, has Banquo killed by three murderers because he wishes to maintain his position as King, and finally, he has Macduff’s family slaughtered. Each of these occurrences takes place because of Macbeth’s will to be King, or they are a result of his guilt. Nonetheless, they are all completed of his free will, which is what causes him to deteriorate mentally.
The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare tells a story of the Thane of Glamis, Macbeth. Macbeth is driven by ambition to become a highly recognized person in society. On his way to the top, he encounters some obstacles. Macbeth is forced to make decisions that would involve serious consequences. Many of these decisions resulted in the loss of life for someone who knew Macbeth. The other result was the effect of death on the other people.
Macbeth was so terrified that he went to attack his castle and sent a murderer to kill his sons. Macbeth thinks that Macduff was a traitor and had never been loyal to him. Macduff wanted to kill him, so he will not do any harm to the country (Shakespeare 63).
Macbeth is the Shakespearean play that features the triumphant uprise and the inevitable downfall of its main character. In this play, Macbeth’s downfall can be considered to be the loss of his moral integrity and this is achieved by ambition, despite this, Lady Macbeth and the witches work through his ambition, furthering to assist his inevitable ruin. Ambition alone is the most significant factor that led to Macbeth’s downfall. The witches are only able to influence his actions through Macbeth’s pre-existing and the three witches see that Macbeth has ambition and uses it to control his action. Ambition alone is displayed throughout the play to be the most significant cause for Macbeth’s downfall.
Commentary Now Macbeth is the king, and he remember’s the witches prediction about Banquo’s children becoming heirs to the throne. Macbeth hires two men to have Banquo murdered. Fleance escapes unharmed, but Banquo’s ghost appears to Macbeth. Macbeth wants to meet with the three witches to see what his lies in his future.
Perhaps even more gruesome and revolting is when Macbeth becomes furious with Macduff’s treason and says, “I’ll put a sword to his wife, children and all unfortunate souls who might follow him.” Macbeth is so delusional to keep his power that he is willing to kill an innocent family to preserve his throne. Macbeth ends up killing Macduff’s entire family, and this leads to Macduff vowing to get vengeance against Macbeth for his cowardly actions. This shows the impact that power had on Macbeth, and the fear of Macbeth that changed peoples’ lives
And though I could / With barefaced power sweep him from my sight / And bid my will avouch it, yet I must not, / For certain friends that are both his and mine, / Whose loves I may not drop, but wail his fall / Who I myself struck down…always thought / That I require a clearness…” (III.
Shakespeare has represented the downfall of a once great man, however, Macbeth maintains redeeming qualities in order to engage the audience and evoke sympathy. This is reflected in Act 5 when Macbeth refuses to fight MacDuff, saying ‘My soul is much too charged with blood of thine already’. His courageous refusal to spill anymore blood of MacDuff’s family enables the audience to sympathise with Macbeth, and the use of emotive language thereby invokes a sense of devastation when he eventually reaches his death. Evidently, Macbeth’s actions were pivotal in the preceding
Macduff and Malcolm go to war against Macbeth eager for revenge. Macduff, vengeful for his family’s death cuts off Macbeths head, and Malcom takes his rightful place as king. Macbeth’s Ambition and Greed resulted in his downfall. Constantly wanting more, Macbeth allowed his blind ambition to dictate what actions he took to obtain being king and staying king.