Banquo, who had trusted Macbeth and promised to serve him forever, becomes suspicious and is killed by Macbeth’s hired murderers. His best friend’s betrayal of him is not the only backstab in the story. Another disloyalty happens with the “kings” death. Malcolm, the previous king’s eldest son, knew that the trust has been broken, so he and his brother flee to England in order to survive. So when Macduff goes to Malcolm and asks him to take his rightful place, Malcolm answers, “Boundless temperance in nature is a tyranny; it hath been Th’untimely emptying of the happy throne and the fall of many kings” (4.3.
The Wyrd Sisters told Macbeth that he will be king. But how can he do that with Malcolm in the way as the prince? Malcolm has the future that Macbeth desperately wants, and that does not sit well with him. What else is there to do but kill Malcolm? It is painfully obvious that envy is a poisonous feeling with no good outcome.
Nonetheless, this rebellion’s motive seems to be a bit different than the motive behind King Henry’s rebellion, Hotspur might think he is a fit King to rule this kingdom, but he seems to be more driven by the idea of power and vengeance. We see Hotspur's thirst for revenge twice throughout the play, once when Hotspur and his family are first beginning to plan the rebellion, “revenge the jeering and disdain’d contempt Of this proud King,” (Henry 1.3.182-183) and again in a speech he gives after he is offered a peace treaty by the King which he says he will think about but goes on to say that the King has broken a promise to his father and his family. This shows that Hotspur is using deception and really planning this rebellion as a form of revenge or a way to get power rather than using deception in order to greater the nation. In doing this, however, Hotspur also brings up the strict laws that King Henry added to the nation which could also mean that Hotspur does have the best interest of the nation in mind, by trying to rid the people of a dishonest ruler. However, Hotspur’s violent, power-hungry, and domineering nature imply he is after the throne to gain more honor and boost his ego.
In expressing his opinions on a prince’s cruelty towards subjects on page 80, Machiavelli explicates that killing people is a permissible punishment because a son will forget about the murder of his father as long as his property is left untouched. However, later, on page 88, Machiavelli articulates that a prince must also refrain from attacking the honor of his subjects for fear of retribution. In killing every suitor, Odysseus assaults the honor of the noble houses of Ithaca. Massacring the sons of all the noble houses leaves Odysseus open to an uprising comprised of a coalition of the murdered suitors’ families as Odysseus realized when he orders that Penelope and Telemachus go with him to their farm to hide. In Machiavelli’s perspective, Odysseus acted rashly, in a fashion that inspires hatred, and leaves Odysseus venerable for an act of retaliation that has the potential to usurp his
Scar had a jealous conscience and dark deep desires since Simba was the heir to the throne. Thus he wanted to murder Mufasa and Simba to seize the position. He murders Mufasa but Simba survived, Scar then advised Simba to run away, declaring he was responsible for the tragic death of his father and to never come back, like this he would not disturb his reign. The fervor for power led Scar to murder his own brother who was the king were horrendous actions shaped by power. Once Scar reigned he did as he pleased with his reign, at the end, there was no water or food left it to turn into an eerie place plenty of evilness.
King Macbeth also reveals that he believes the Sisters placed “upon [his] head...a fruitless crown and put a barren sceptre in [his grip]”, exhibiting how he will not be able to leave behind a legacy as king and how Banquo’s sons will take over his already unstable rank. The diction of “fruitless”, “barren” and “unlineal” are considered to be symbols of weakness, compromising his masculinity and prowess as king, giving Macbeth even more reason to be insecure with his stolen position as the monarch of Scotland. During his heightened frenzy about Banquo, Macbeth compared the pair to Mark Antony and Julius Caesar, fearful that “his Genius [would be] rebuked” as “Mark Antony’s was by Caesar” (56). His insecurity in his position pushed him to be suspicious of anything and everything, including his fellow general Banquo, whom Macbeth believed would rob him of his place as king because of how much more worthy he was of the title. Banquo had a “royalty of nature” and a “wisdom that doth guide his valor”, regal characteristics Macbeth lacked.
He hints around saying that Oedipus is the killer. Oedipus stands up for himself and blames Teiresias for being jealous of Oedipus because he is the new king and all he wants is to steal the throne away from Oedipus with this outrageous alimony. During this part of the story, Oedipus shows many qualities of a leader.
Macbeth's lust for power becomes blatantly obvious based upon his fears that "to be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus", prompting him to kill Banquo and make an attempt at his son, Fleance. To relieve himself of his insecurities, he manipulates two murderers to believe than Banquo is their "enemy" and the source of all of their problems, displaying his twisted nature. He does not, before the act is already committed, share news of the "deed of dreadful note" with his "dearest chuck", Lady Macbeth, proving he has made his face a "vizard to [his] heart" not only for the public, but also to his once-cohort. Macbeth's peers' opinion sinks so low that he is often merely referred to as a "tyrant" rather than by his name. He is not only a traitorous and cruel king, but the extent to which he is "unfit to govern" makes him "unfit to live" - deserving of death for how he has let down Scotland.
Macbeth is about to do a horrible deed. He is going to kill his friend and his king. The trust and the loyalty have been broken . People today would lynch themselves for dollars . We would sell out those who mean the most to us just get money or just to say I'm on top.In act 1 scene 7 Macbeth said “ Besides, this Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtues Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against The deep damnation of his taking-off “ .(4).
He deserted his family and fled to England to assist Malcolm. When he reached Malcolm, he declared, “O nation miserable, with an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered, when shalt thou see thy wholesome days again.” (Act II, scn iii, ln 103-106) This quote means, the nation was being ruled by the murderous tyrant, Macbeth, and Macduff only wished to see peaceful days again. More evidence of his ambition is shown through “Come, go we to the king. Our power is ready; our lack is nothing but our leave. Macbeth is ripe for shaking, and the powers above put on their instruments.” (Act iv, scn iii, ln 243-246) Macduff was certain that Macbeth would be destroyed and Malcolm would become King of Scotland.