Power and prosperity are two things that all people desire. Whether they be wealthy seeking more wealth, or impoverished looking for a way out, many people will do whatever they need in order to achieve their goals. However, the danger behind this, is that if determination or ambition goes along unchecked, then it can result in a pathway of destruction. In William Shakespeare’s, Macbeth, there is a lesson to be learned about how one should go about achieving goals, and then how one should be cognizant of his or her actions along the way.
Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare from 1599-1606. It is believed that it was first performed in the year 1606 at Hampton Court Palace before King James I and his guests. One of the unfamiliar facts about Macbeth is that the real Macbeth also existed. He was the king of Scotland between 1040 -1057. He also killed Duncan to become a king, but Shakespeare did not use all the historical facts, just the basic elements.
King is the highest honor someone could have during this time, with that comes respect and loyalty. The king is highly venerated and held at almost a holy standard. One would expect that someone who loves their country would also love their king. Often times the reason for someone not liking their king is the way they rule. Speaking in terms of the play Macbeth, Duncan-the king of Scotland- rules justly and fairly, but he still has plenty of traitors within his group of trusted men.
The play, “Macbeth,” by William Shakespeare, is a remarkable tragedy which introduces a different view of marriage, contrary to the norms of society regarding marriage in the medieval era. During this time period, women didn’t have a voice as they were dominated by men in marriages and they were considered to be weak and insignificant humans. However, in “Macbeth,” Lady Macbeth is the biggest influence in her husband, Macbeth’s, life as she possesses higher power than him in their marriage. This imbalance of power substantially impacts their relationship, driving their marriage to take a dark turn. Both with strong ambitions, began a journey to achieve these goals leading to the deterioration of everything around them, including their marriage.
Lady Macbeth would have made a great queen regardless of what happened to King Duncan. While her ascent to the throne was turbulent and many of her actions might have left her with a bad reputation, she did what she had to do to assume the throne. Her characteristics of resoluteness, levelheadedness, and remorse describe an effective ruler. Lady Macbeth’s resoluteness is shown early on in the play.
In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it is shown that ambition can be beneficial and harmful at the same exact time. When a person has ambition, they would do almost anything to get what they want. In the case of Macbeth, he wanted to do anything in his power to become the King of Scotland and retain that rule. With ambition, you should never have too much or even too little. Let life play out the way it should be, fighting fate will never end well.
Macbeth Macbeth is the story of a couple who are overcome by ambition and greed. Macbeth lets his wife’s strong desire for power get the best of him, and the progression of his emotions throughout the play are very interesting to observe. Lady Macbeth is a very big influence on Macbeth’s actions and is arguably the reason that they both ended up dying sooner than they could have. Lady Macbeth drove Macbeth into a very dark and anxiety filled state of mind, and the progression of his unbecoming is very prominent towards the end of the story. Throughout the story, a new side of Macbeth is revealed through his actions and emotions as he undergoes the anxiety of being put under pressure not only by his wife, but himself.
Sometimes it's better to let someone walk away from you then walk all over you. Macbeth is one of the most submissive characters in the beginning of the storyline. It wouldn't be a surprise as Macbeth’s life starts from a controlling mother and moves to a controlling wife. Although soon the reader quickly learns how someone can never actually have full control over another as well as even the simplest actions have a consequence. In the novel "Macbeth" by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth’s strong desire for power leads her to controlling Macbeth’s actions and events.
The Metamorphic Way “But when [Nebuchadnezzar’s] heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.” (Daniel 5:20-21) The pride of Nebuchadnezzar destroys his life and erodes his reputation from the inside out. Similarly, Macbeth’s pride and ambition also transforms in position and in character. Shakespeare’s character of Macbeth in the play Macbeth portrays an exceedingly inconstant, prideful, and tragic hero.
Macbeth exhibits anagnorisis while reconciling over both his murders. After killing King Duncan, Macbeth expresses his inner thoughts while Lady Macbeth hides the dagger when he says, (2.2.74-80). Evidently, Macbeth understands that what he has done as a wrong doing and expresses that no amount of cleaning will rid him of the blood on his hands because of what he has become, a murderer. But, despite this newfound moral compass, Macbeth truly believes that the crown belongs to him and only him and is worth risking everything worth. Due to his understanding that he won’t be able to move past his own image of himself as a killer and want for royalty, he reasons that, (3.4.160-171).
Because Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s decision to murder Duncan, Both face the guilt of the power they abused portrays on the shadows that reflect on them as well as the natural consequences they will face. During the first half of the play, Lady Macbeth expresses her unnatural feelings and this is demonstrated through the corruption of power when she want’s to hire people to kill Duncan because she thinks that Macbeth is too scared. At first, when Lady Macbeth hinted “Their drenchèd natures lies as in a death”(1.7.78). This demonstrates that Lady Macbeth is characterizing corruption of power due to the fact that she want's to kill Duncan, therefore she can be queen of cawdor while Macbeth is king.