In the play Macbeth illustrate innate human tendency to make inhumane choices when given the freedom to. When Macbeth realize that he is trusted by the king and is given more freedom , his inner savagery is stimulated. For example, when Macbeth at the beginning of the novel was praised by the king and his friends as he the kings says “worthiest cousin” macbeth shows that he does not think of anyting but loyalt and respect to his kingdom, but in his mind he seeks the ambition in becoming king and thinks recklessly and tragic activities on his mind. As the acts of savagery become more integrated, the idea of death and blood becomes more comforting, and even encouraging. When king Duncan announces that his son malcom will be next to the throne
One of the most important factors that led to the downfall of Macbeth were the crimes that he committed to become the king, and eventual tyrant. The first time he kills in the play is in Act Two Scene One, where he kills the current king, Duncan. At first, he is reluctant to murder someone who was both undeserving, but was also kind and generous to him and his wife, Lady Macbeth, as shown in this quote: “We will proceed no further in this business./ He hath honored me
At the beginning of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a good, brave knight who is loyal to his king. However, upon hearing the prophecies of the witches, a dark, ambitious nature awakens within him – one that proves to be fatal. In Act I Scene iii, Macbeth says, “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion […] and make my sealed heart knock at my ribs” – implying that though at first he is horrified at the notion of murdering Duncan, it is an idea that he is willing to consider. Before he sends news of the recent events to his wife, Macbeth commands the stars to “hide [their] fires” so that no one can see his “black and deep” desires. (Act I, scene iv).
Blood is a recurring motif in Shakespeare's Macbeth. It is constantly used to describe or intensity murder or an act of treachery. The excessive use of blood in the play also relates to the guilt and change faced by numerous characters. Blood is seen or mentioned in every act in the play and this is not a coincidence. In the beginning of the story blood was used to display honor and bravery but as the story progressed and as characters developed, blood became a symbol of treason, treachery, and most of all, guilt.
Macbeth is also a power hungry man who would do just about anything to achieve his goal of becoming King. When Macbeth first hears the prophecies from the three witches he instantly became invested with the journey to become king. Similar to Lady Macbeth, nothing was going to come between him and his potential power, “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” (1.3.52-55). This quote exemplifies how Macbeth’s initial solution to becoming king was murder.
Betrayal must and should never happen to anyone for if it does happen there shall be consequences. Macbeth learns throughout the play that there are consequences to everything you do. Macbeth is a play that features a man who is supposedly a very manly figure and is loyal, but soon his loyalty and manly pride is about to be put to the test. Will he be able to remain a loyal man or will he betray his peers and face the consequences? William Shakespeare says that betraying another person may result into a high consequence that you may have to suffer for all the things you have done to others.
Macbeth is firstly at fault due to his own hubris. From the start of the play we hear praise for Macbeth from the captain when he addresses Duncan, “For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel,Which smoked with bloody execution,Like valor’s minion carved out his passage” (1.2.16-19), this sort of praise was likely commonplace after the battle, and likely was heard by macbeth himself, and being the proud man he was may have led him to feel deserving of greater power and authority. Another way his hubris is to blame is for being convinced by his wife's scorning oh his manhood should he not kill duncan “When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what
Throughout Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, it becomes apparent that both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have been led into their own undoing by their own self-justified actions rather than by leaving everything up to fate. For Macbeth, the most self-evident example of his destruction is by interfering with the Weird Sister's prophecy by hiring murderers to exterminate Banquo and his son Fleance. Even after killing Duncan and receiving the title of the King, he is still not satisfied as he realizes that all of his efforts would benefit Banquo and his sons without them even having to do anything. Rather than standing by and letting them benefit off of his endeavors, he decides to disrupt the fate of Banquo: "To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!
Macbeth keeps the prophecy in mind which gives him no reason to fear, yet takes fate into his own hands by planning to kill Macduff. Shakespeare is showing the readers how Macbeth’s violence has developed; he used to have a guilty conscious over thinking such violent things, yet now, he can effortlessly state that he is going to kill another person. Readers can clearly see that
In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth changes from a respected general, loyal servant of the king to a person that everybody hates. Macbeth was a loyal king and always want to defend his country. “ No more that thane of cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest. Go, pronounce his present death and with his former title greet macbeth”(1.3.73-76). In this quote it 's showing how king Duncan trust macbeth and rewarded him with being the thane of cawdor.
In Act 5 Scene 2 in Macbeth, written by Shakespeare, Lenox, Menteith, Caithness, and Angus, the four lords of Scotland, are discussing Macbeth’s deeds and behavior. As a result of his heinous acts, they decide to join Malcolm and his English forces, waiting in Birnam Woods, to fight Macbeth at Dunsinane. Through metaphors, Lenox, Menteith, Caithness, and Angus depict their wish to make Malcolm the legitimate king by executing Macbeth, signifying their loyalty, a prevalent theme, to the rightful king of Scotland. Relating to the motif of clothes , Angus’ simile describes the men’s perception of their King of Scotland, for whom the lords of Scotland have lost faith in.
"Ambition is a very dangerous thing because either you achieve it and your life ends prematurely, or you don't, in which case your life is a constant source of disappointment" (Jeremy Clarkson). To avoid failure one must follow through extreme measures. In William Shakespeare's Macbeth and Guy de Maupassant's The Vendetta, this concept is demonstrated. The protagonist in Macbeth encounters the battle with himself and others to reach full sovereignty. And The Vendetta involves who feels the need to avenge against a former murderer.
In the play Macbeth, the character Macbeth has many different roles. He is an ambitious man with inner conflicts. Throughout the play he had many different character transitions and motives. Most of his motives are his wife commanding him to do what she says, so his motives are not self-motivating, they are from other characters. Sometimes Macbeth does not know what to do with himself so he asks the people around him for assurance.
Betrayal and loyalty is a huge concept that most of us have heard about. We see this concepts used in famous movies, plays, readings, and even songs. It is a term that most of us are familiar with. For example, a famous betrayal and loyalty movie would be “The Lion King” where Scar kills Mufasa. In comparison, Shakespeare's Macbeth and Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street” show the same concepts, but in two different ways.