This first apparition tells Macbeth to beware Macduff, who will eventually lead the people against Macbeth and then defect him. This leads Macbeth into killing Macduff’s family leaving MacDuff enraged with Macbeth who ends up killing him in the end. The three witches are sickening beast trapping and luring Macbeth into destruction by poisoning his thoughts with
Emily Brown Mr. Sowden English 12A 18 October 2016 Power, Greed and Ambition Found in Macbeth In Macbeth, the characters´ greed and initial impulses drive them. Rarely do they consider the serious repercussions for their actions. Macbeth and his wife in particular stopped at nothing, killing multiple people in their way for Macbeth to become king. This puts them in a state of a dangerous rage, leaving a trail of lies and terror behind them. This state leads to consequences and a dramatic downfall later on in the play.
In addition to Macbeth’s evil acts, is his fall into insanity. Immediately after killing King Duncan, Macbeth feels regret that leads to his insanity. He becomes more heartless and colder than his wife, to the point that she's scared of him. When he kills Banquo, his guilt overpowers him and he starts to hallucinate, yelling at Banquo’s
Macbeth was a very selfish man, who only thought about himself. He was very interested when the witches told thiem about how they predict he will be king. Since then he was concerned that someone was going to take his position in becoming King of Scotland. Once the witches told him their prediction all he could think about was being king, which lead him to being so paranoid and feeling so guilty about the murders he committed. His desires are evil.
There are many similarities between the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare and the short story ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ written by Edgar Allan Poe. In the play Macbeth, the protagonist makes many bad choices by killing a lot of people. Those choices end up destroying him. Likewise, in ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ a madman, who thinks he is not mad, kills the old man he is working for. He tries to cover it up but the guilt is too much for him, much like Macbeth.
Greed for power leads corrupt leaders to pursue power through ruthless and violent ways, putting their countries in an unstable state. Macbeth commits murders and violent acts to earn his absolute power, but his corrupt mindset of yearning power leads to instability in the Scotland. After hearing from the witches, Macbeth admits that, “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.”
Once, Duncan is murdered the only way Macbeth sees to keep the murder a secret is to keep murdering. The climax of the play is when Macbeth see Banquo's ghost. When the ghost appears it seem that things begin to change for Macbeth. The denouement of the play is when Macbeth realizes that he can't trust the witched. He goes out fighting, but in the end he is killed by the Macduff.
Others say that Lady Macbeth is to blame for Macbeth’s downfall but the real reasons were his tragic flaws ambition and credulousness. One of Macbeth’s tragic flaws that can be blamed for leading him into his own death is ambition. Macbeth is first introduced to the audience as a righteous fighter who will unseam someone from nave to the chops.
Corruption is a disease that over time rots the human way of thinking. In Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet, Prince Hamlet finds out about his father’s murder, causing him to go insane and wanting to seek revenge. His new motive in life is to seek revenge, which ends up corrupting him and everyone around him. In Hamlet, Shakespeare discusses the idea of corruption in order to show how it can contaminate a person’s heart and way of life. Hamlet faces many dilemmas throughout the novel, in one scene he even debates whether it is even worth it to live anymore: “ To be or not to be—that is the question:/ Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer/
(2.1.62-64). Macbeth heard the bell and went to commit the murder; so that he will become king himself. Macbeth explains how Duncan will not know that this bell is his death bell and Duncan is off to heaven or hell. This act of killing the king of Scotland was the beginning of Macbeth’s downfall and showed that he had made a huge mistake, therefore proving Macbeth can be a tragic protagonist. Secondly, Macbeth listened to the witches equivocations.
Macbeth needed power, he craved it, so after the prediction by the witches to become Thane of Cawdor, he was pronounced just that. ”By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” The desire to be king overtook him. Killing king Duncan and his wife with their servants daggers; who Macbeth then killed after, Macbeth received the kingly title.
Finally, Macbeth 's greediness and committing murder drives him to experience guilt and causes his mental decline. To begin, when he decides to kill Duncan, Macbeth hallucinates and questions “is this a dagger I see before me” (Shakespeare II.i.33). Even before this murderous act, Macbeth is shown to be affected mentally at the thought of killing. After stabbing King Duncan, he starts hearing strange voices in his mind “[he] hears a crying voice, sleep no more”(Shakespeare II.ii.32-33) suggesting that already regrets the murder. Macbeth considers himself a sinner,“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash...”(II.ii.58-59) and the inability to say “ Amen...”(Shakespeare II.II.24).
Macbeth’s dreadful flaw, his sightless ambition, is a massive contributing influence to his mental collapse. In the course of the play, Macbeth has a propensity to make actions out of his desire for more power. For an example of this avarice is when the witches predict that he will become Thane of Cawdor and later the King of Scotland. When the first prediction comes true, the greed of Macbeth over powers him driving him to kill King Duncan so that he can become king of
The next major thing Macbeth does is hire those same three murderers to kill Macduff, because the witches said that Macduff is someone Macbeth should be afraid of. So when the Murderers go to kill Macduff they find him not at his house and then decide to kill his wife and kids. This is where the story goes bad for Macbeth and it is his end.
But Lady Macbeth was basically calling Macbeth out because he was to scared to kill the king. So Macbeth wants to prove her wrong and he kills king Duncan. So he tells Lady Macbeth he will kill Duncan and she plans the plan for the murder.