Shakespeare utilizes the Weird Sisters as the embodiment of evil and temptation to convince Macbeth, a virtuous but flawed man, to commit evil deeds through the deceitful predictions of his future. The theme of appearance versus reality is demonstrated through the Macbeths’ deceitful plan to murder King Duncan, and the consecutive deeds and lies that take place to conceal their guilt. As Macbeth rises to power throughout the play, ghostly apparitions and blood hallucinations plague the couple. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are so overwhelmed by their guilt and paranoia, their judgment is clouded by the weight of their guilt that they carry, which leads to the demise of the reign of
Macbeth himself, is one of the reasons for the tragic events that occurs throughout Shakespeare 's play, Macbeth. Macbeth is known to be a dreadful hero with a troublesome flaw; his flaw, which is ambition, affects him to eventually make poor decisions guided by Lady Macbeth and the witches, and, he is manipulated to secrete his conscience which ultimately leads hims to a path of destruction and to his own death. For instance, when the witches come to tell him his three prophecies, he is Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and will be the king hereafter, his ambition leads him to think that to be king, he must murder Duncan. He says, “My thoughts, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise and nothing is, but what is not” (1.3.151-154). Here Macbeth realises that what the witches have told him are still a fantasy, yet he starts to think about murdering the king to become king himself.
Shakespeare is a remarkable author who liked to put tragedy to a new meaning. Through the tragic play: Macbeth, we follow Macbeth, through his ambition, greed, and manipulation that eventually brings him to his demise. As announced Thane of Cawdor, like the weird sisters have promised, he finds himself wondering if he will later be announced king. We find our tragic hero put to the test of good and bad, brought on by his wife. Through the theme of man and order versus disorder, we find Lady Macbeth manipulating our tragic hero to do the unspeakable.
During the course of the play, Macbeth goal is to fulfill only the prophecies that are beneficial to him and him only. His thirst for power allowed his character flaw to show, for he was consumed with hubris. While he is thinking about his plan to kill Duncan, Macbeth has all of these reasons not to kill Duncan, but his ambition is so strong, Macbeth cannot deny his urge to murder. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition” (I, vii, 25-27). He also says that, by eliminating Duncan, he would only be teaching his subjects that a rise to power is possible through violence, and karma would come back to bite him.
At first, he second guessed the bloody murder of his king. However, his wife, Lady Macbeth, talked him into this by calling him a coward and asking if he was a man. To prove to her that he was a strong individual, he followed through with the act of killing King Duncan. This confirms that the pressure of others persuaded Macbeth’s actions. Macbeth wanted the blame to be placed on someone other than himself so the people showed loyalty to him as the new king.
Control is a recurring theme in the play "Macbeth" as it warns the audience of the reprecussions of trying to control your fate. The first key event where control features in a significant way is the witches prophecies. They tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland which establishes the importance of fate. Shakespeare conveys the witches as agents of evil that are deceptive and dangerous, "oftentimes to win us to our harm/the instruments of darkness tell us truths," showing that they use truth itself to influence a horrible outcome (Macbeth 's tragic demise.) Their message is compelling and attractive and we can clearly see their effect on Macbeth as it greatly contrasts to that of Banquo.
This must have occurred because he was looked upon as a hero to all other thanes and the king for his killing of others in Act 1. The supernatural prophecies and Lady Macbeth influenced Macbeths’ ambition which led to the reality of Macbeth's own thoughts which were his fatal downfall. You can see Macbeth’s dark thoughts have taken over his appearance and still is his reality throughout the play. All of Macbeth’s influences pushed out the reality of himself instead of appearing how he should have been because his flaw took effect in a bad way rather than
Lust is usually thought to be a bad emotion: in such a way that it tends to become evil, but in Macbeth it also shows a good side: showing the perseverance and pride it gives to the person. Lust tends to blind a person from the reality of his ambition, driving them to do evil actions, no matter the consequences. This can be seen in Lady Macbeth, who after being told that the witches’ prophecy about how Macbeth will become
Women are manipulative to men, women try to get what they want, They are evil. In act one scene 7, macbeth is told to kill duncan by lady macbeth but macbeth says he will not and cannot do it. Lady macbeth calls macbeth a “ coward ”, and also says “ I dare do all that to become a man.” lady macbeth seemed to love her husband at the beginning of the story, but then she started to change. Lady macbeth is materialistic, she wants to be queen and have power over everyone and in her eyes if she's queen and macbeth is king she can do whatever because she can manipulate macbeth like she has done when he killed duncan. She feels like if she rules her husband she has control over everything.
Persuasion : A skill which can turn a Militant Hero to a Merciless Tyrant Who has more power in a relationship, the woman or the man? In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth bears the responsibility for the death of Duncan; in addition, to the ruin and ultimate downfall of her husband. Unlike most Scottish women in 1606, Lady Macbeth appears to be the confident and dominant figure in the relationship. After reading the letter from Macbeth, Lady Macbeth calls on evil spirits to help her persuade him to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth by causing a discrepancy in Macbeth’s reality of right or wrong and; in fact becoming his partner in crime.