In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth begins as a man of integrity and is a noble man. Infact he was one of the king’s favorite fighters and subjects. But over time Macbeth becomes corrupt once the power and the crown are his. Macbeth first becomes power thirsty when he and Banquo were given a prophecy by the three weird sisters. The theme ambition shows up frequently in the character Macbeth, especially when it has some relation to murder and the throne, to get the throne to begin with, some examples are when he killed King Duncan, Macduff’s family and Banquo, to keep the throne. The one of the first major times theme of unchecked ambition is seen is the first time that a murder occurs that deals with the throne. That first time it is seen is when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth murder King Duncan. The reason of how that was related to the throne should be obvious since his name was King Duncan. He was the king before Macbeth was given the throne. Macbeth was not in line for the throne though. The reason he got the throne was because King Duncan’s sons were feared for their lives and people were accusing them of committing murder because they both fled after their father was murdered. When Banquo was murdered was the second major time that we saw Macbeth’s unchecked ambition. The reason for murdering …show more content…
The people killed were his wife, Lady Macduff, and his son. This was supposed to be the murder of Macduff rather than his family. The reason he killed his family is simply because Macduff was not there. The witches showed Macbeth three apparitions and one of them told him to beware of Macduff. After the first apparition, who told him to beware of Macduff, Macbeth planned to kill Macduff. After Macbeth had seen all three apparitions he was told the news about Macduff fleeing Scotland towards England to find Malcolm. After he was aware of the leaving he decided he would just kill his family
However, greed soon consumed him and the once honorable Macbeth disappeared. He was replaced with a power hungry man who would stop at nothing to get what he wanted. Throughout “Macbeth,” the theme of greed causes Macbeth to murder, deceive, and listen to his wife’s voice of ruin. Macbeth’s thirst for power first begins with the killing of King Duncan.
When ambition is overlooked, it has the ability to become extremely dangerous. Macbeth from Shakespeare is a clear example of this. As he rises to power, he becomes more and more of a threat to those around him, killing those he was once loyal to. Destruction when ambition goes unchecked is present throughout the play because of Macbeth’s strong desires that ultimately lead to the deaths of Duncan, Banquo, and nearly Macduff. The death of Duncan was the first corrupt act stemming from Macbeth’s ambition.
Macbeth begins to fear Macduff who is an heir to the throne, so to fix it he orders another killing. Macbeth has Macduff’s family executed and when the word reaches Macduff he sets out for his revenge. As all of this is happening, Lady Macbeth is full of guilt due to the murders her husband has caused and so she kills herself. Macbeth basically caused his wife’s death along with many others through this
Macbeth sends two murderers and orders them "[t]o leave no rubs nor botches in the work—/ Fleance, his son, that keeps him company,/ Whose absence is no less material to me/ Than is his father’s, must embrace the fate/ Of that dark hour. Resolve yourselves apart" (III. i. 139-143). Fearing the prophesy of Banquo's descendant position on the throne will come true, Macbeth can not stand any being that would threaten his and his siblings' crown; therefore, he must wipeout anything that hinder his ambitions. Including Macduff and his family, who have clear bloodline with the crown, they have no chance to get away with this. Macbeth is totally craze about massacre, and once again he command killers to murder Macduff's family.
Macbeth is also one of the most ambitious character as he does many crimes to achieve the power and become the King. Macbeth’s ambition started when the witches told him about the prophecies because of these prophecies he killed King Duncan and planned to kill Banquo. Before Macbeth killed the King, even though he was really ambitious he still thought before killing Duncan this shows ambition in a positive way. However, he still killed King Duncan this shows ambition in a negative way. The first time Macbeth met the witches one thing they said to Banquo was that his son will rule the world in the fear that someone will take his kingship he tried to kill Banquo’s son.
Greed and jealousy live inside everyone, but one must refrain from these thoughts to prevent self destruction. In William Shakespeare's Elizabethan era Tragedy Macbeth, Shakespeare uses betrayal as a vehicle for obtaining power for selfish means, and illustrates the grave costs of betrayal to the individual. Greed often fuels an uncontrolled lust for power. Shakespeare reveals the extent of Macbeth’s greed when Macbeth's first thought regarding the witches prophecy stir thoughts of murder: “ My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical”(I.iii.152). Most individuals do not think one should murder someone to obtain what you desire.
“The castle of Macduff I will surprise; seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword his wife his babes, and all the unfortunate souls” (4.1. 165-167). This shows Macbeth’s complete disregard for human life and his willingness to commit crimes to maintain his power. He sees Macduff as a significant threat and is willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate him, including murdering Macduff’s wife and children. His ambition has consumed him, and he has lost touch with morality or compassion.
To start, Macbeth shows greed many times throughout the play, he kills just so he can get what he wants. The text states, “ Both of you know Banquo was your enemy” ( Shakespeare 3.1.113b-114a). This quote from the play shows how Macbeth lied to the murderers so that they would kill Banquo. Macbeth wanted Banquo killed because he thought that he would be a threat towards Macbeth becoming king. To add, Macbeth killed Duncan out of greed solely because he wanted to be king.
Macbeth was working toward being the king of Scotland in the beginning after meeting the three wired sisters. And being told that he was king to be, so it inspired him to do anything that he had to to become king. It did not matter the circumstances he would do it. Even if that meant killing his best friend. He down was cause by him killing Macduff’s family.
As the play continues, Macbeth's desire for the throne amplifies, ultimately leading him to murder the king and manipulate those around him to secure his maintained his crown. The prophecy becomes self-fulfilling as Macbeth's ambition drives him to carry out terrible acts, which in turn causes his descent into tyranny and, eventually, his tragic downfall. Through this clever foreshadowing, Shakespeare illustrates the corrupting nature of ambition and
Macbeth performs this act for two reasons, the first of which is to enact revenge towards Macduff, who has left to join an army who is against Macbeth’s regime. The second of which is to discourage anyone else who may want to desert him. He says in Act 4, Scene 1 that he will have the Macduff castle sized and his family killed to set an example for anyone, “That trace him in his line.” In a sense Macduff betrayed his own family by fleeing to seek help for Macbeth’s downfall. His family were the ones who were eventually punished for Macduff’s betrayal.
Both greed and power, if not controlled, can lead to destruction. Throughout William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses both characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to demonstrate how ambition can change one’s personal relationships. As in the beginning of Act 1, Scene 7 Macbeth and Lady Macbeth do not share the same ambition, and it is because of this that their relationship lacks love and affection however through the use of persuasion and other means, Lady Macbeth is able to get Macbeth to pursue her ambition. This not only changes their relationship drastically but it also changes Macbeth’s attitude towards ambition. Throughout the play, Shakespeare shows us through Macbeth, the possibility for ambition to eventually turn into greed and how the lust for power may corrupt us.
After hearing their message Macbeth decides he is going to kill Macduff in order to make sure that fate keeps its promise and does not change. It may have just promised that no man of woman born can harm Macbeth, but it has also told him to beware Macduff, and he's afraid that fate is fooling with him. By this point, he has become a crazed individual so consumed with his feeling of hopelessness that he also decides to murder Macduff's innocent wife and child. These are the deeds of a man with no passion. Yet he still does not fully understand why he feels this
Macbeth was always power-hungry as soon as he found out that he can kill Duncan , his first thoughts about it was “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man ,That function is smother 'd in surmise, and nothing is but what is not.” Macbeth’s first thought after realising that he can be a king was to murder Duncan, That indicates that Macbeth always wanted to kill King Duncan to take the throne and when Lady macbeth got the letter from his husband explaining that the witches prophesied him saying that he can be a king the first thing that came in her mind was to kill Duncan and take over. She also talks about Macbeth always wanted to do it but he isn’t man enough to do this task “ Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be ,What thou art promised.
Macbeth feels his destiny is to murder King Duncan and become the King of Scotland, which is why Macbeth promises Lady Macbeth achieve his destiny. Therefore, Macbeth’s ambition for power leads to the death of King Duncan. Moreover, Macbeth’s ambition for power triggers the massacre the ones who impede him from his pathway to the Scottish Throne. First, Macbeth has murderers kill Banquo to avoid obstructions in his plan to become the King of Scotland. Macbeth tells the three murderers hired: “…