I believe this is an example of how love is presented in the play as Macbeth is in love with the idea of his success. Macbeth goes to great risks in order to obtain his power, some of these risks even consist of killing and sacrifice. In order for Macbeth to stay true to the word of the Witches, he takes matters into his own hands. Therefore, Macbeth needs to kill the current king in order for him to seize the title. In Act 1, Scene 4, Macbeth quotes “Let not light see my black and deep desires.” This quote speaks about the desire Macbeth has to kill King Duncan as he claims that no light is shining, therefore, no one is able to see the gruesome desires within him (the murder of Duncan).
In conclusion, the idea that Macbeth is a work in which human feelings mix with enigma and mystery should be highlighted. The struggle between good and evil plays a very significant role in the success of Macbeth. In this case, the good would be Macbeth’s thoughts towards the murder of King Duncan, before when he thought as a loyal soldier would. The evil won and he became ambitious and oblivious to his actions just to end up dead, killed by Macduff as revenge for his family. The blood on every page of the play shows the guilt of Macbeth and how it drove him to the end, just for his
Macbeth goes on to commit many murders throughout the play, but to what extent were these murders a result of Macbeth’s ‘Vaulting Ambition’? The phrase ‘vaulting ambition’ comes from Act I, Scene VII, from Macbeth’s soliloquy. He attempts to rationalize his future actions – committing regicide and assassinating King Duncan. To a Stuart audience like the one the play was first performed to, regicide was the worst crime a person could commit. This is a result of the belief in the Divine Right of Kings.
Hrothgar calls Beowulf to kill Grendel and other villains which shows the distinct line between good and evil. Evil is worse in Macbeth, because it slowly seeps in and ultimately takes over Macbeth’s character, whereas in Beowulf, it is stagnant, remaining in the souls of the depraved like Grendel. One known factor to Macbeth’s corruption is his wife, Lady Macbeth.
She emasculates Macbeth and challenges his bravery, which to him is the essence of a being a man, "coward." Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatium, be a coward or kill the king. Macbeth succumbs to evil and in doing so, betrays his King. God 's divine order is disturbed as Macbeth challenges God by killing the God appointed King and assuming the role for himself in his quest for power. Later on in the play, Macbeth asserts his right over Lady Macbeth, flipping their dynamic, and distances himself from her,"be innocent of the knowlded dearest chuck."
From the beginning, Macbeth’s intentions are made clear to the reader; he wants power and authority. After hearing that he will become king, Macbeth’s mind immediately turns to the thought of murdering Duncan as demonstrated in his aside where he says, “... Why do I yield to that suggestion / Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair / And make my seated heart knock at my ribs/ Against the use of nature?” (Shakespeare, Macbeth 1.4.134-37). If he were truly a loyal patron, this thought would not last as long as it did in Macbeth’s head, but his ambition transformed him. As Macbeth’s downfall advances he loses his integrity since his vision is clouded by his ambition and maintaining his rule. Macbeth’s mania gets to a point where, “[the Witches] no longer need to go and meet him; he seeks them out.
The Thane of King Duncan, Macbeth hears a prophecy that he himself will become king later on in the future after King Duncan. This then leads to Macbeth being overcome by greed. Since Macbeth greeds to be king so bad, he murders King Duncan and takes his place of the throne. Macbeth starts to live with so much guilt and fear that he commits even more murders to have his power safe. Macbeth is so confident in the prophecies that his life comes to a downfall and he gets killed by the people he did wrong.
The natural and moral evil in them is exposed as they push their moral boundaries to keep their power. Lady Macbeth knows that her husband is capable of becoming king, but he lacks the sense to realize his full ambition on his own because he “too full of th’ milk of human kindness to take the steps necessary to make himself king (1.5.15). Lady Macbeth feels that she must actively urge Macbeth to kill Duncan, the king at the time, so that
As the play slowly progresses, everything appears to fall into place according to the three Witches’ prophesy. While all of these killing (this being King Duncan ad Banquo) are being ordered by Macbeth in a very hasty attempt to retain his power, everything is, as said before, slowly being moved into place. This hasty attempt to retain his power creates a atmosphere of greed and treachery. In the end, Macduff, therefor finishing the three Witches’ prophesy, slays Macbeth and brings about the crowning of Banquo’s son. This fate, as predicted by the Witches, has been brought around and to the end of the
Although they tell him this, he does state they he had not desire to have more power until he met the three witches. But rather the ambition drove him to kill the king, so that he could become then king. In conclusion, the repeated appearance of the witches throughout the whole play is a symbol for ambition in general, but especially