Changes In The Name of History: An Exploration Into The Historical Characters of Shakespeare’s Macbeth William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, turned what people knew as Scottish history into a powerful act of betrayal; a madman murdering a good king out of greed. Shakespeare wrote Macbeth for reigning king of England, King James I of England (James VI of Scotland) who had a strong belief in all things dark and supernatural, like witches. Macbeth includes multiple historical characters, all previous kings of Scotland; but why? Shakespeare uses the characters King Duncan, King Macbeth, and King Malcolm to explore the royalty of Scotland throughout time and to appease the king with a dark story about history. Macbeth begins with King Duncan on
“We won’t have a cure for diseases until we first have a cure for greed.” Dr.Sachin Patel. In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, was about a Scottish general named Macbeth, who received a prophecy from three witches, that one he will become king. Along, with his ambition together with his eagerness to become king, he seeks guidance from his wife, Lady Macbeth and killed King Duncan. Throughout, the story he let his ambition turn into greed which earned the best of him. All through the story Macbeth changes as well as shows what ambition turns into greed looks like.
The three witches tempt Macbeth with good news and achievements such as promising The Thane of Cawdor and the king hereafter (Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 47-48), and as Macbeth meets Duncan and finds out that he indeed is the Thane of Cawdor (Act 1 Scene 3 Line 127), and the fact that the witches knew he was the Thane of Glamis, greed can take over, when such luxury and success is promised. Thus the assassination for the throne progressed the overall downfall. The situation worsens when Macbeth goes to the witches a second time (Act 4 Scene 1), where he finds out about his threats. Finally, after realizing the Birnam Forest actually moving during Macduff’s attack, he knows his downfall has been reached. But we must ask ourselves if Macbeth had never met these weird sisters, then would have this entire saga happened?
Shakespeare shows the reader that one persons greed can get him killed and other people around to turn on him, By showing the reader what decisions Macbeth made to elevate his status in power. The kind of people who changed around them and how they changed. Furthermore in Act 1, Macbeth is given a prophecy that he would become king by three witches. This leads to him into thinking greedy and commiting murder. He acted because his first prophecy came true about being thane of cawdor.
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare’s most notorious play, depicts the story of a young man who lives in Denmark and sets out to avenge his father, killing his uncle who is now king, which was told to him by his father’s ghost: “The serpent that did sting thy father 's life/ Now wears his crown” (1.5). The play is set up to make a cast of characters, through foils, give the character of Hamlet more life and thus enhance the play. Fortinbras and Laertes are the predominant foils to Hamlet; they will be analyzed and compared in the following essay, weighing out the importance of this foil effect to the plot & the effect of the play. Prince Fortinbras of Norway and Laertes depict the exact opposite of Hamlet’s character. All of these characters seek revenge for the death of their fathers by taking the matter into their own hands: Fortinbras seeks war against Denmark (former King Hamlet killed Fortinbras’ father), while Laertes returns from Paris to Eslionor to fight for his dead father 's honor.
The Lion King also shows the death of Mufasa and how Scar murdered him. Mufasa and King Hamlet were great kings, but Mufasa’s ghost didn’t care about revenge, he just wanted Simba to be alright and take his place at the throne. When King Hamlet’s ghost appears to Hamlet in the original, he’s very angered and demands revenge so that he can move on. Mufasa is shown
(Ant.214). In addition, because of his pride in being a king, he stones Antigone because she is against his rule, causing his son’s and wife’s deaths. At the end of Antigone, Creon must bear the consequences for disobeying God a scene of his mental suffering. Similarly, Macbeth also wants to establish himself as a king due to his ambition and pride, but his reasons are far less noble than Creon's. Creon is the rightful heir to the throne; Macbeth, on the other hand, must undertake a series of murders to secure the position of king, especially after the witches' prophecies fulfill.
One line that states Macbeth is forceful is when Macbeth states “To become king myself, I’m either going to have to step over him or give up, because he’s in my way”. One line that states Macbeth is avarice is when Macbeth says “Now I’m decided, and I will exert every muscle in my body to commit this crime.” which he referring to killing King Duncan so that he can be King next because that is what the three witches told him. Both Macbeth and Hermia make bad decisions
. While Fleance was able to escape, Banquo was not so lucky. The reason for his murder was because the witches say to Banquo that his sons will be king Macbeth is out of control, and it also led to his decision to kill Macduff’s family, as Macduff was considered a threat, having figured out his insanity. . By the end of the play, Macbeth is lost in a pit of state.
Sooner on, the witches predict that Macbeth will be the future king. This leads Macbeth to kill King Duncan( the current King on the throne), on the very night the witches’ foretell the prophecy. *Evil characters who create turmoil Macbeth, who is the central figure in this play, is identified as the tragic hero. Despite him starting out as a simple content soldier, in this scene, we see him unravel. Macbeth contemplates murdering king Duncan, and it horrifies him.
He became Thane of Cawdor, so he thought he would become king. After he becomes king, the witches give him confidence again by tricking him and telling him that he is invincible. After Macbeth realizes that he was tricked, he fought Macduff to the death and ends up dying. A line from the song says that they will fight till its over, and by over for Macbeth, it means the end of his reign and life.