Evil comes in many different forms; sometimes there is a clear line between good and evil, but there are times where evil can overcome good. The two stories that represents these two forms are Macbeth and Beowulf. In Macbeth, the story starts out with Macbeth who is a loyal servant to King Duncan. His wife convinces Macbeth to kill King Duncan to gain power and become the new king. After hesitating, he murders King Duncan and this starts transforming him into a paranoid person.
By ordering Macbeth to complete these actions, Lady Macbeth is in actual fact protecting him from the guilt and insanity that blood is often associated with, seen through many parts in the play. Lady Macbeth has no doubt that her husband has good intentions, rightfully so, she questions Macbeth being too “full of th’ milk” of human kindness” to murder. It could then be argued that Lady Macbeth is weary about the sight of innocent blood on Macbeth’s
These fluids carry the plot along and describes Macbeth’s desire for control. Specifically, milk, alcohol, and urine are fluids that demonstrate the crave for mightiness as Macbeth claims the throne at the death of King Duncan. Thus, in the scenes of progression, of the plan to kill King Duncan came Shakespeare’s hidden symbol of fluids that presents the ambition and desire to attain power. When Macbeth is crowned Thane of Cawdor in Act I, his ambition for more power is fueled. He believes that he must kill the king in order to make his prophecy to come true.
Greed is the downfall of all man. Who said this? We don’t know, but one thing is for sure, any wise man would rephrase this when he hears of literature’s most notorious and sinister woman. There is little doubt behind every great man’s success, there is most likely a woman, but behind the great evils of Macbeth, there was a woman too; her name Lady Macbeth. Known for her way with words of manipulation and famed by her sinister masterminding of great King’s Duncan’s murder, her legacy was one that took a cold dark turn; when her nearly in-existent conscience embarks her on a slow and perilous descend into hysteria, and ultimately her demise.
With that being said this quote relates to the theme of ambition because it was Macbeth 's ambition to become King and do whatever it takes to do so. In this case, he decided to murder Banquo because he knew he would be a problem later on when he is the King. All in all, a lot of bloody acts have happened because of Macbeth and several of them have been
It shows how badly Lady Macbeth is trying to persuade him to turn his loyalty away from Kind Duncan. Lady Macbeth is smart enough to manipulate him when he is struggling. By manipulating Macbeth to achieve her evil desires, it shows that she is an evil
And is not an ordinary courage that we have here but an extraordinary courage or audacity or rashness; and this kind of courage must be regarded as a defect because it represents the excess of true fortitude. In both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, the ambition which moves them to rash deeds; and both of them witness the gradual disillusion brought about by fear, Lady Macbeth being led to final self destruction and Macbeth to the final rage of despair. THE CONFLICT BETWEEN AMBITION AND FEAR: We can see the first two acts of the play are thus struggle of two passions 'ambition ' and 'fear ' for victory. That struggle has been
Furthermore, Lady Macbeth has a strong desire to neglect all of her femininity in order to gain strength and power. With these qualities she believes she will hold more power over Macbeth and his potential shot at becoming the king will be in her control. Once again, Lady Macbeth wants to rid all of her femininity, “I have given suck, and know how tender ‘tis that loves the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck’d my nimple from his bonless gums, and dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this” (1.7.30-32.) This quote shows Lady Macbeth’s ability to get rid of every ounce of femininity she posses. She is explaining how she had once loved a baby, but would kill him in a heartbeat for Macbeth and his potential success as king.
In conclusion, Macbeth was making a wrong choice so his consequences at the end is overwhelming and his action has lead him to become a tragic character. The character Macbeth has consumed the ambition of himself and Lady Macbeth him has shifted himself form a heroic into a ring of murderous. After he has knew it he has making the mistake however his hand is cover with blood and guilt that he cannot turn back. The Macbeth 's tragic flaw in character was the pairing of his ambition with easily influence by lady Macbeth. Throughout the play we see many examples of Macbeth 's conflict between his ambition to attain the crown and his passive attitude towards the actions that are required to
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.