This once “noble Macbeth” (1.2.67), listens to the prophecies given by the witches, which causes his desire to be king to be unleashed. If these foretelling had not been offered to Macbeth, his selfish ambition would not have been a component in the murder. In the beginning of Macbeth, we find Macbeth to have no strength in mind. He cannot make his own decisions without the aid of his wife, Lady Macbeth. Although he is a ‘soldier’ on the outside, he is a coward on the inside.
(Act 1, Scene 7) Through the power of manipulation, Lady Macbeth powerfully challenges Macbeth to commit to the plan to murder King Duncan by exclaiming “screw your courage to the sticking-place. And we’ll not fail.” (Act I, Scene 7) It is through her words that Lady Macbeth has her husband, Macbeth, murder King Duncan and achieve her great desire to become Queen of Scotland. Unfortunately, the death of King Duncan begins Macbeth’s reign of tyranny, which also begins the emergence of Lady Macbeth’s guilty conscience.
The power of a woman’s words, hands, actions, overpowered by the presence of men within the constructs of modern societies is a thought swayed by the power dynamics between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. Macbeth, once a remorseful and kind man, is dominated by the power of his wife, her growing desire for power accentuated by the prophecy of the witches. Although this is true, they, in turn, become the opposite of who they were initially presented as; they play off of each other in a game of this and that, their doubts and securities washing away in different ways. Macbeth was known to be a kind man and Lady Macbeth surely took advantage of that.
Macbeth, commonly dated back to have being written in 1606, is one of William Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays and discusses the imbalance that its protagonist produces when he commits the act of killing the king. This imbalance does not only have effects on politics but causes chaos in nature, due to the ungodly murder. Shakespeare uses the characters of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the three witch sisters to present the dangers of the consequences of committing acts of the unnatural.
William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, takes place in 11th century Scotland, and has its own portrayal of society. Although it may not be entirely accurate, the society that Shakespeare develops has distinctive roles and societal expectations for each gender. In this society lives Macbeth, a military nobleman trusted by the king who eventually becomes king himself, but through a murder encouraged by his wife, Lady Macbeth. His reign is tainted with inhumane acts such as hiring assassins to kill one of his friends, and ordering the massacre of another friend’s family. At the conclusion of the play, Lady Macbeth dies from unknown causes, Macbeth is murdered by Macduff, another nobleman, and Scotland rejoices because Macbeth’s reign of terror has come to an end.
Macbeth is a Shakespearean tragedy that tells about a man’s rise and downfall to and from power, respectively. It is filled with ideas of supernatural beings, magic, and fate. These ideas play a major role in Macbeth’s behavior and actions. Macbeth is repeatedly influenced by the witches and his wife in this tragedy. He tries to stop his actions, but they have complete psychological control over him.
Macbeth and his wife pretend to “look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent undet’t (1.5) Their actions are criminal and evil, which is why they must hide behind lies to appear as righteous rulers. Macbeth’s whole life becomes a lie that is driven by evil and sin. Soon his false persona is seeping through and his actions come back to haunt
Macbeth’s ambition is one of the most prominent things that drive Macbeth in the play and truly becomes evident when he hears of the Witches prophecies. When the witches stop talking, he demands to know more. “Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more” (I, III, 73-74). This portrays his excessive curiosity on the subject as well as his craving for more desirable prophecies. This ambitious nature and craving for power is also demonstrated only moments after hearing the witches, when he starts formulating a plan to kill Duncan in order to make the third prophecy come true.
The Thane of King Duncan, Macbeth hears a prophecy that he himself will become king later on in the future after King Duncan. This then leads to Macbeth being overcome by greed. Since Macbeth greeds to be king so bad, he murders King Duncan and takes his place of the throne. Macbeth starts to live with so much guilt and fear that he commits even more murders to have his power safe. Macbeth is so confident in the prophecies that his life comes to a downfall and he gets killed by the people he did wrong.
Macbeths Stages throughout the Play (An analysis of Macbeths Manhood) The play Macbeth is about many different things. It shows what power can do to someone once they have a little taste of it, then they start to get greedy and want more and more. In this play people will have nothing but loss and hatred in them because of what Macbeth has caused them all from three little prophecies that the witches told him. The prophecies are that Macbeth will get are that he will be Thane of Cawdor and then king of Scotland.
At the beginning of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ the protagonist Macbeth is described as ‘brave’, ‘noble’ and ‘honourable’, however Lady Macbeth’s and Macbeths desire for power consumes them. Macbeth’s ambition overrides his conscience and transformed his greatest strength into his greatest weakness. Macbeth’s inability to resist temptations that led him to be greedy for power, Macbeth’s easily manipulative nature which allowed his mind to be swayed, Macbeth having no self control and his excessive pride was what allowed him to renew his previously honourable and celebrated title into one of an evil ‘tyrant’. Macbeth is led by the prophecies of the witches after they foretell he will become the Thane of Cawdor. Not only the witches, but also his wife easily manipulate Macbeth as she attacks his manhood in order to provoke him to act on his desires.
Shakespeare 's play Macbeth uses supernatural creatures in several ways, it starts off with a trio of witches and then moves to a military camp where we first meet Macbeth and learn that he is one of the two generals in this army and that they have two separate invading armies, one from Ireland and one from Norway; after General Macbeth and his army get done battling both of the invading armies they come across the trio of witches as they cross a moor. The three witches foresee Macbeth becoming a thane of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland. The witches also share that Macbeth 's companion Banquo will beget a line of Kings but will never be King himself. The witches go away and and some of the kings Dutchmen come up to Macbeth and Banquo
Macbeth is already having second thoughts about killing Duncan, but Lady Macbeth refuses to allow him to give up the opportunity to be king by attacking his manhood, she says: “When you durst do it, then you are a man” (1.7.49). Apart from the preternatural forces, Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth’s manliness, knowing that it is the greatest insult she can direct at him as he is a warrior above everything. She believes in the witches’ predictions as she says: “Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withal” (1.5.28-29). It is by means of attacking his manhood, something fundamental to his notion of himself as a warrior, that Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband, affecting his mental state and leading to Duncan’s murder.
The Macbeths’ marriage, like the couple themselves, is abnormal, particularly by the standards of its time. Yet despite their odd power dynamic, the two of them seem surprisingly attached to one another, particularly compared to other married couples in Shakespeare’s plays, in which romantic luck appears mainly during courtship and marriages tend to be troubled. Macbeth offers an exception to this rule, as Macbeth and his wife are partners in the truest sense of the word. Of course, the irony / mockery of their “happy” marriage is clear—they are united by their crimes, their mutual madness, and their mounting alienation from the rest of humanity.