His ability to kill the king however, would have been limited had it not been for his wife. Macbeth continued to erode morally by murdering whoever would threaten him, even his closest friends. As a result of this sinful nature, Macbeth did not escape punishment. He lost one of the most important things; the peace of mind, especially when he became haunted by Banquo’s ghost. In the end, all those who trusted, honored, and praised him deserted him and finished by killing him after joining the camp of his enemies.
Macbeth is a brave and faithful solider who has been convinced by his wife that he must kill King Duncan in order to himself claim the title as king. Once this power has been imposed Macbeth is thrown into a world of guilt and shame prompted by his wife’s greed and the prediction of three witches. As the story progresses we watch as Macbeth turns into a cold and soulless man that he had never wanted to become who is willing to go to any length in order to cover up the horrible murder that he has committed. Clark (2013) tells us that, “Macbeth is a complicated character, and while understanding his complexity does little to expunge his bloody deeds, closer study can identify in Macbeth a profound confusion which fuels his actions, his paranoia, and his eventual downfall.” (Para. 2) Macbeth shows us the effects that ambition and guilt can have on a man who lacks strength of character.
We see Lady Macbeth shrink from the killing and Macbeth go through with it. We, as the audience, begin to dislike Macbeth for caving to the will of his wife and giving in to the murder of a benevolent king. After this we see Macbeth take the throne because Duncan’s sons flee the country for fear of their lives. Our dislike for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth only grows stronger. Macbeth for what he continues to do and Lady Macbeth for what she caused.
In conjunction, another factor that guided Macbeth to defeat was Macduff’s pursuit of revenge on Macbeth. Macbeth killed Macduff’s wife, son, and servant, a heartless act which propelled Macduff to behead Macbeth. Although Macbeth thought that he couldn’t be defeated by any man who was “woman born”, it turned out that Macduff was “ripped from the womb”, a credit that excused him from the prophecy. Despite the fact that Macbeth was obviously defeated by being killed by Macduff, his soul was defeated even before his physical death. Macbeth defeated himself.
After Macbeth kills Duncan, he feels an overwhelming amount of guilt. He begins to comprehend the horror of what he has done while talking with Lady Macbeth. He reveals “For mine own good,/ All causes shall give way. I am in blood/ Stepped so far that, should I wade no more,/ Returning were as tedious as go o’er” (3.4.167-170). Macbeth indicates that he killed Duncan to better himself, so Duncan’s death is unquestionably a result of Macbeth’s ambition.
Tybalt slayed Mercutio and would have been executed anyway. Loyal Romeo simply avenged his friend, Mercutio’s death by killing Tybalt in return. However, the cataclysmic family feud between the Montagues and Capulets made it impossible for Romeo to remain in Verona. He must leave and let all the catastrophic events unfold for when he
All of Hamlet’s actions were driven because if his need to get revenge on Claudius. Morally Hamlet made many mistakes. Just to name a few, Hamlet drove Ophelia to suicide, he killed Polonius when he did not do anything wrong, and he disrespected his mother. Morally Hamlet wronged these people and damaged them. His need for revenge blurred his focus on others.
After Antony spoke at the funeral of Julius Caesar, the crowd became “enraged that this generous man lies dead” and the people referred to Brutus and Cassius as “traitors,” as William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar plot summary states (3). The last words spoken by Caesar were “Et tu, Brute?” meaning, you too Brute (Act three scene one)? The final thing Julius saw before his demise was his best friend stabbing him, the ultimate show of betrayal. Not only did Brutus let his own lack of confidence get into his own mind, but it caused for him to mercilessly plan the murder of his closest friend. There is nothing decent or heroic in the acts he bestowed upon Rome, for they were merely just self-pity inflicted, and the consequences eventually led to his own death and downfall.
In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth starts off as a respectful kinsman of Scotland. After being tempted by the power of the throne, he kills his beloved king and is tormented by paranoia and guilt. Lady Macbeth starts off as a power-hungry individual lacking remorse. Encouraging Macbeth to turn to the dark side and kill the king to achieve his ambitions, her husband becomes more corrupted and insane, killing people without a second thought. This drives Lady Macbeth to lose her own sanity as guilt and fear plagues her until eventually she takes her own life.
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.
The bitter hour grows as the wrath of Malcom marches over Dunsinane Hill, who has made it his dire obligation to kill Macbeth. What distasteful action hath caused ten thousand men to come roaring at this once peaceful castle? My fellow comrades have been caught in the middle of this indignation and now pay with an early death. Fear strikes me as I have been left in this predicament; to choose the fate of many young lives that resided to this castle for peace. It is evident Macbeth’s rule has caused undesirable anguish to the people of Scotland, but there must be more than meets the eye for this rage that rests upon him.
”Things without all remedy should be without regard: what 's done is done.” Anyone can see that he is behind the murders and blaming it on Lady Macbeth is not the right decision. Lady Macbeth became depressed; embarrassed, and rattled by her husband’s lost sanity. She started feeling empty and alone; she killed
Hello everyone. In Shakespeare 's tragedy Macbeth, we see that the characters could often not escape the consequences of their choices. The characters that I will be concentrating on are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. This is a story about a leading ambitions and how it destroys his life and the lives of people around him.
The murder of King Duncan had left Macbeth’s wife feeling so guilty and paranoid, she kills herself. The news of this makes Macbeth feel as though “life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.” (5.5.26-28) Macbeth knows that despite his sorrowful mood, he must try to defend his crown. His friends-turned-enemies know of his guilt, one even saying, “Now does he feel his secret murders sticking on his hands.” (5.2.19-20) The rebellion is successful, and Macbeth, sadly, is defeated and killed by Macduff. Malcolm is then named the new King of Scotland, as it should have been from the beginning. Although Macbeth can be seen as a terrible person who kills to get what he wants, he does possess many key traits that a tragic hero must have.
Lady Macbeth accuses her husband saying “Art thou afeard/ To be the same in thine own act and valour… And live a coward in thine own esteem” (1.7.40-41, 46) at which Macbeth takes great insult. To prove to Lady Macbeth wrong, Macbeth finally agrees on the murder of Duncan. Macbeth wants to prove to Lady Macbeth that he has the courage to kill Duncan and he is very manly and will not stop until Duncan is dead. Once he kills Duncan Macbeth begins to change mentally and emotionally. Macbeth’s hallucinations are the product of fear and guilt.