The song mentions that no one can stop him, and that is what Macbeth thinks. Also, the song is portraying confidence that no one will get in his way. A characteristic of Macbeth is confidence. He first gets confidence from the witches by the witches told him that he would become Thane of Cawdor and become king. He became Thane of Cawdor, so he thought he would become king. After he becomes king, the witches give him confidence again by tricking him and telling him that he is invincible. After Macbeth realizes that he was tricked, he fought Macduff to the death and ends up dying. A line from the song says that they will fight till its over, and by over for Macbeth, it means the end of his reign and life.
His lust for power drives him to murder Banquo and Fleance to ensure that they will not become kings, and so that his own sons will inherit the throne. Making rationalizations for the murders, he recalls the witches’ prophecy, by saying “They hailed him to a line of kings...No son of mine succeeding.” (3.1) Desiring to retain the power he occupies, Macbeth becomes increasingly willing to kill in order to preserve it. His mental state begins to deteriorate rapidly as he becomes increasingly more paranoid due to the lingering guilt of the crimes. In another attempt to preserve his dominion, Macbeth slaughters Macduff’s entire family. Devising his plan in order to make an example of Macduff's abandonment he says, “The Castle of Macduff I will surprise...His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls.” (4.1) It is important to realize that Macbeth is further descending into madness by committing acts of irrational violence. Rather than relying on his subjects’ loyalty, Macbeth feels as if he must terrify them into subjugation. His burning desire and its consequences continue to accumulate with each act of destruction he
In Macbeth, blood is a symbol used to represent guilt and how one's guilt will cause them to act with concupiscence. If an individual feels guilty about an action they will do anything to try to make up for that action or clear their conscience. They may cross a line in which they never had thought of crossing before in order to fight their guilt. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth feels guilty about the many murders he has committed and his guilt has turned to paranoia. His paranoia is evident in his conversation with lady Macbeth about banquo when he says, “Come, seeling night, / Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day / And with thy bloody and invisible hand / Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond / Which keeps me pale” (Shakespeare 3.3.52-56). Macbeth's paranoia may cause him to act with concupiscence once again as he feels banquo is a threat and he will do anything to dispense the treat.
He hallucinates Banquo in the chair he was going to sit on. Macbeth starts to act crazy and Lady Macbeth tries to tell the other men in the room how he is acting is normal. After the dinner Macbeth hears that Macduff went to England to reunite with Malcolm, Duncan 's son, to try for him to own the throne. Macbeth decides to take action and send some men to murder Macduff 's family. When Macduff comes back he finds out of his family 's death and joins Malcolm and his army to defeat Macbeth. Macbeth states that he is not born from a woman like the witches said in one of the prophecies rather he is ripped out of her mother 's womb. Macduff made a decision to do the right thing which was to fight for his country and for Malcolm to be king.
The “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow” speech by Macbeth in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is a great example of nihilism. In the aforementioned passage the news of Lady Macbeth’s death does not cause him to speak a eulogy in her honor. Rather it has caused Macbeth to have to look at the aspects of his reality that he had previously chosen to ignore. His nihilistic view is evidenced strongly in the following lines "signifies nothing" (Shakespeare, Wilder, 2004). He then proceeds to address the actions of life as being “a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury” (Shakespeare, Wilder, 2004). He realizes that at the end of everything that he has done to obtain the throne and to keep it, means nothing because he is going to die, as he has made to many enemies and he has no heir. Children will also play a part in “Play it as it Lays” when Maria, who’s inability to raise one child, and abortion of the second will drive her further down an already nihilistic path that results in her own psychiatric commitment. So in the end for Macbeth it was all pointless. He goes on to say that life has no meaning, that it is just an inconsequential story full of random events that have no purpose, but the moment that an event is occurring it becomes the most important thing that there is in
Shakespeare engineered a most impressionable character in Macbeth who easily succumbs to the extensive magnitude of opposing constraints. This character is Macbeth, who is the protagonist in the play and husband to a conniving wife, who in the end is the sole cause for Macbeth 's undoing. Conflicting forces in the play compel internal conflicts within Macbeth to thrive on his contentment and sanity as he his torn asunder between devotion, aspiration, morality and his very own being. He has developed a great sense of loyalty from being a brave soldier; however, his ambition soon challenges this allegiance. As his sincerity begins to deteriorate, his own sanity starts to disintegrate until the point where he cannot differentiate between reality
In the play The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macduff proves to be the true hero. Macduff proves to be the true hero of the play for being loyal to his country and killing Macbeth. Macbeth and Macduff differ because Macbeth is conceded and a killer, while Macduff is not.
Macduff went to England to find Malcolm, King Duncan’s son, who fled Scotland so he would not be killed like his father. Macbeth no longer considers Macduff loyal to him and becomes apprehensive. Macbeth consorts with the murderers again to kill Macduff’s family, “give to the edge o’ the sword his wife, babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line” (Act 4, Scene 1). When a messenger comes to deliver the news to Macduff, he becomes sad but Malcolm tells him “… Let grief convert to anger…” (Act 4, Scene 3). 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.
They were successful with their plans because this led Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to titles of King and Queen of Scotland. The final major betrayal is found at the end of the play. Macduff builds an army to take over Macbeth's kingdom. Malcolm inspires the army to take revenge on Macbeth, “Let’s make us med'cines of our great revenge, To cure this deadly grief” (Shakespeare 4:3:220-221). Malcolm wants to get revenge against king Macbeth because Macbeth killed Malcolm’s father. However, since Macbeth is king of all the land opposing him would be treason. Yet Malcolm continues with his plan and forms an army that goes to attack Macbeth. Macduff ends up killing Macbeth himself. Moreover, Malcolm takes the throne for himself. Power and authority shifts once again. Overall, Macbeth is a story tied with death. Furthermore, death works in conjunction with betrayal throughout the play. Betrayal is a very common theme in Macbeth and almost every time it occurs it also comes with a change in
Macbeth’s soliloquy in Act 5 Scene 5 after hearing about Lady Macbeth’s death acts as a reinstitution of Macbeth’s trace of humanity, he reflects upon his own actions and life itself. Macbeth’s melancholy lamentation over Lady Macbeth’s death reveals the disorientation of time caused by his actions. Although his desires are fulfilled, he realizes in the soliloquy that everything he has done is futile.
Greed, death and regret. These are just some of the major emotions going on in Macbeth’s mind during his play. When the play starts, three witches tell Macbeth that he will be king as he is returning from a victorious battle. When he returns the current king of Scotland acknowledges his bravery in battel and commends him. Macbeth then invites the king to his own castle and the king accepts. Macbeth arrives at his castle before the king and tells his wife of what happened. She tells him to kill the king that night but Macbeth is reluctant. When the king arrives, he is welcomed and made comfortable. That night when he goes to sleep, Lady Macbeth beguiles the guards into getting drunk and Macbeth continues to question whether he should kill
If Macbeth had not have his own free will, they wouldn’t have all of these trouble. “Hell is murky!-Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?-Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him” (5.1.30-34). Murder of Macduff’s family and Banquo has weigh heavily on lady Macbeth mind and become mentally ill and no doctor can cure her. Macbeth believe and fall for the witches which made him think that no one can harm him. "I bear a charmed life, which must not yield and to one of woman born" (5.8.12-13). As Macbeth and Macduff are fighting each other, Macbeth tells him to leave, for he does not want the blood of another Macduff on his hands. Macduff refuses and charges at Macbeth. Macduff reveals that he was not woman of born, but from his mother's womb. Macbeth realizes that the Witches evil plan have only helped him in his destruction. At the end, his fate led him to his
After learning of her death, he states, "she should have died hereafter; there would have been such a time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps its petty pace form day to day" (V. v. 17-20). Macbeth wishes that at this moment he could mourn the loss of his dead wife, but he cannot because there's a battle to be fought. When Macduff finally finds Macbeth, Macbeth states that he does not want to fight Macduff because he has already killed his wife and son. "I will not yield, to kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet and to be baited with the rabbles curse. Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane, and thou opposed, bring of no woman born, yet I will try the last" (V. viii. 27-30). When Macduff offers him a surrender, Macbeth denies and fights anyway with no hope left. This scene is incredibly depressing because it shows how far Macbeth has come from this knight sworn to protect his king to this power hungry monster willing to kill all in his way and finally to himself now, a sad, sad man with no one left because he either killed them or they killed themselves and now he is ready to accept the his reign is over, it is time to stop, but he will not die without one last battle.
Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!...that shalt be king hereafter (Act 1, Scene 3).” The play Macbeth starts off with the three witches telling Macbeth and Banquo that Macbeth will become the Thane of Cawdor and then he will become king. Soon after, Macbeth learns that King Duncan has named him as the Thane of Cawdor. With this, Macbeth begins to believe that the witches’ prophecies must be true and is determined to become king. He says, “Let not light see my black and deep desires (Act 1, Scene 4),” implying that he has the inner desire to now become king. As proved by Macbeth’s success to become the Thane of Cawdor, the prophecies are Macbeth’s fate; they will be the outcomes of his life, but how they will come to be is dependent on Macbeth’s own choices. When Macbeth shares the prophesies with his wife, Lady Macbeth, she helps him murder King Duncan in order to gain the throne. The witches had predicted that Macbeth would be king but they hadn’t said when or how. It is Macbeth’s own choice to murder Duncan because of his deep desire to become king. Macbeth wants to protect his power and eliminate all enemies that may come in the way. He first orders for Banquo and his son, Fleance, to be killed because the witches had also predicted that Banquo’s son will become king. Macbeth says in regards to Banquo, “There is none but he whose being I do fear...Given to the common enemy of man, to make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings (Act 3, Scene 1)!” Banquo is
As human beings, there are occasions where we choose between right or wrong. Certainly, It can materialize into effect on how other people judge you based on their glimpse of moral senses. In the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare displayed a dark and erroneous side of humankind. The three preeminent characters accordingly demonstrate identical attributes of greediness. For instance, Banquo who appears to be noble fails to resist his desires, and in relation to Lady Macbeth, she overrules herself with greed to a fate of anguish, and thus, Macbeth becomes engulfed with greed that leads to horrendous deeds. In general, Shakespeare emphasizes that ambition for power and wealth can invalidate morality in human nature.