Macbeth is a play about power, ambition, courage, evil, but this paper is about changes. How a man can change when a chance
For Arthur, he would not listen to the prophecies and try to forge his own path, not accept the future. “I will go to King Lodegreaunce and tell him that you are in love with Gwynever” (Arthur Marries), Merlin stated. Arthur sent Merlin anyways, even though she would never love him. King Uther would listen to Merlin's prophecies. When Uther was sick and his kingdom was overrun Merlin stated, “they could be checked only
Since Curley’s wife does not get attention from anywhere, she tries to seek it from the only person who will listen to her and that is Lennie. Macbeth used to respect Lady Macbeth in every way, in the first half of the play. In the novel, Curley does not give his wife the kind of respect she
Many would argue that it was not Macbeth’s ambition that caused him to kill King Duncan but instead was his wife using her femininity in order to charm Macbeth into doing as she says . However, Macbeth’s hunger for power was already seen when King Duncan gives Malcolm the title of Prince of Cumberland. Macbeth tells himself that he must not reveal his true intentions: “Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires.” (Shakespeare I.iv.58-59) This shows Macbeth has the intention of claiming the crown for himself before he even talks to Lady Macbeth about what they should do when Duncan arrives at their castle. Furthermore, Shakespeare displays Macbeth's ambitions even earlier in the play while fighting against the rebels.
The play plays around the main themes which are ambition, fate, violence, nature and the unnatural, and manhood. Being “king’ is most probably everyone’s dream, but to what extent is it everyone’s dream…? Often behind every successful man, is a woman, who guides and assists him to persuade his dreams. However, during the time period of the Renaissance, women were not much involved in the ruling. Shakespeare writes Macbeth in an effort to convey the effort of ambition in trying to persuade dreams.
Macbeth, easily controlled by his ambitions, loses his noble and heroic title in fear of losing his power. Unlike Macbeth, Banquo, from the beginning of this encounter, continues to doubt the witches, “I’th’name of truth are ye fantastical, or that indeed which outwardly ye show?” (1.3.51-52) Banquo didn’t believe what the witches were saying, he questions their intentions and accuses them of raising Macbeth’s hope. Throughout this whole encounter, Banquo continues to protect Macbeth while staying loyal. He never once acted on his prophecies, he simply disregarded what the witches were saying and remained the noble man he is. Even to his death, Banquo has not once acted without honour and
Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s relationship is somewhat the opposite of a regular relationship. Lady Macbeth makes all the orders and her husband follows them. Perhaps Macbeth does this out of respect for her. Their love for each other is not the one you find in every day relationship. Lady Macbeth made Macbeth decisions for him until Duncan death, telling him what choices were right for him if he wanted to become king.
Destiny Essay Some people such as David Epstein when he wrote The Sports Gene and William Shakespeare when he wrote Macbeth both believed that their fate was set and nothing could alter what happened and everything that happened was due to their fate. William Shakespeare expressed this by directly telling the audience by the witches who meet up telling him he will soon not just be a thane but a king so Macbeth wasn’t patient and tries to bring his destiny sooner and brings his kingship to an end sooner than it could have been. While Epstein didn 't say it as directly, he however told us about a man named Donald Thomas who had an abnormally long Achilles tendon so he naturally was better than his competitors at high jumping who trained their
Blood is something most people see as gruesome and disturbing, and not something ordinary people enjoy to be in the presence of. In the play Macbeth, the playwright William Shakespeare uses the motif of blood to expose a character's thoughts and personality. Blood is an important motif constantly shown throughout the play. Macbeth, the main character, thinks he can advance to the throne without any consequences. Blood exemplifies the guilt he is now stuck with, and due to Macbeth's excessive ambition, and overwhelming guilt, he is now faced with the consequences.
At this moment in the play Macbeth thinks that the choices he makes will not effect the witches prophecy for him. After making this statement Macbeth thinks about killing the current king Duncan. However, during this time Macbeth is conflicted because he does not think he has a good reason to kill the king. "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition. Which oer' leaps itself and falls on the other" (1.7.25-28).
In the play Macbeth, the story and characters are largely affected by the concept of self-fulfilling prophecies. One way the story is changed through this is when a person hears of his fate, and choosing not to do anything about it. Out of all the people, this only happens with Banquo. He is told that his descendents will become Kings, and then moves on, not twisting his actions in any way to force the events to come true. While it isn’t quite as expected, it provides an interesting comparison against an individual who does try to fulfill the prediction.