His conscience still guilty from the murder he had committed. This feeling of guilt showing that Macbeth still had morals, as he did truly doubt the murder plan and had begun to have second thoughts on it. But even though he still felt guilt his power hungry ambition for absolute power was greater. He had even turned against his loyal partner, Banquo, as he was predicted to be the father of a long line of kings. Macbeth growing fear of losing power took over him and he sent murderers to kill Banquo and his son.
One of Macbeth’s many soliloquies explains his fear of Banquo’s sons becoming king. Fearing so much for his crown, Macbeth calls upon three poor men in need and manipulates them for his own wants. The men being convinced by Macbeth manipulative words “That it was he, in the times past, which held you;/So under fortune” kill Banquo (Shakespeare 87). Macbeth use of the lowest of society, the poorest of the poor, when he has access to all the people of the Kingdom is a horrendous but intelligent move all done to keep himself safe. His intelligence helps him stay unknown to those close to him because Macbeth is afraid of being blamed for Banquo’s death.
In fact, Macbeth becomes fascinated by them, "would they had stayed." Banquo serves as his conscience, perhaps representing the period audience who would have also thought the witches to be evil and unnatural, and warns him of the dangers of trusting such supernatural messengers; a warning that goes unheeded. After hearing the prophecy, Macbeth already thinks about, "murder," and becomes preoccupied with thoughts of becoming king showing the powerful hold they have over him with only one meeting, scaring the audience who would have believed in Witches. Macbeth believes the Witches as there first prophecy came true and ignores the fact that they’re evil beings whereas Banquo recognizes them for what they are. He even informs his most beloved, Lady Macbeth, who also shares his ambition.
His "raging temper" led to him estranging himself from all his closest friends, and he witnessed as he became "a bane to the people". What separates Beowulf from Heremod is that he has a measure of restraint, and he is both "physically strong and acute of mind"(1843). Beowulf is considered a true hero in the eyes of Hrothgar and others not just because of his ability to kill monsters, but because he subscribes to keeping the peace when necessary. The best heroes do not threaten civilized society during peacetime through needless fighting, but uphold it by being patient and prudent, as Beowulf
The Power of Change Sometimes the best lessons can be learned not through role models, but rather from people that made past mistakes or unwise decisions. From the play, we can learn many lessons from the king Creon. He makes many mistakes and harms many people through his actions, it’s not until Creon loses everything he loves that he realizes his mistakes and learns from them. In Sophocles 's tragic play Antigone, through Creon’s character we learn that in order to be a successful leader and or person one must not be only strict but also needs to be accommodating to our citizen’s/people’s demands.
In terms of ego and prophecy, the character of Macbeth and 50 Cent are very similar. Ego and prophecy can be understood as two different categories, but it is because of their egos that they believe so strongly their prophecies. Macbeth, who was previously the thane of Glamis, had hubris, which was caused by the people around him. For example, in the beginning of “Macbeth”, the sergeant relays to King Duncan, “For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name--Disdaining fortune, with his brandish 'd steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valour 's minion…” to express Macbeth’s performance in the battle against Macdonwald. The sergeant talked about Macbeth in a very bloviated manner.
Jack is fundamentally a good person, but the island changes him to be a child dictator of the other boys because of lack of necessities needed to withhold a typical and common society. The author William Golding, is getting across that in most typical societies, the leader who gets everyone’s attention, and who has the most wanted essentials; in Jack’s case weapons, meat, and protection from “the beast”, will be the most wanted as a leader. The author is also implying that people are not fundamentally good or evil, but something has to drive them to end up changing themselves; like Jack changing because of realizing that having power over the other boys is exciting. Jack is not evil when he arrives on the island, but having cruel power and control over the other boys for his own selfish gain, shows how evilness takes over
This type of sentiment can be seen when Macbeth says “ Bloody instructions,being taught, return to plague the inventor” (Act 1, scene 7). Here, with the use of personification, we can see that Macbeth is wrestling with his ambition, as he is still toying with the idea of whether to kill Duncan or not. Macbeth is aware that murdering Duncan is bad and could eventually lead to even more bloodshed, he is also aware that murdering Duncan could ruin his honor which he greatly values. Macbeth states that Duncan is a good man and a good king, and from this he decides that ambition is not enough to justify the possible regicide of King Duncan.
People define evil as something that is “profoundly immoral, corrupt” and usually battles against the hero during the story. What many don’t realize is that to have the good side, there must also be a bad side because they are only identifiable in their contrast to each other. There would be no concept of good if there was not evil, and vice versa. Parallel to this, the prince would not be a hero if there was no beast or villain to save the princess from. Another part of evil is that it is created by how the person, or in this case monster, is treated, therefore Grendel cannot be completely blamed for who he has become.
Plato once said that “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Outsiders, members of illegitimate societies, are shunned because of limitations and restrictions in society. They tend to gravitate towards the light, but very few complete their journey. In Othello, The Great Gatsby, and The Death of a Salesman, heroic ambitions for acceptance and escape from the darkness are combated by societal expectations, shown through the light, which acts as a lure, towards societal norms and goals. Ironically, however, the tragedies that face all the protagonists are because of the darkness, or secret desires that each character makes to overcome their expectations.
(285) Leaders who show mercy, love, and establish friendships are taken advantage of and lose their power. It is important to be seen as a cruel and with an army to exemplify the strength and unity of your army; therefore, being seen as fearful and cruel on a greater and global level. A prince should not be worried about being considered cruel “for without reputation he will never keep an army united or prepared for any combat” (Machiavelli, 284); moreover, while this attains respect for him and he is now perceived as terrifying, he benefits greatly from acting inhumanly cruel. With cruelty comes major respect and nobody will question the prince or his decisions, instead he will be met with pure obedience and reach stability and harmony in society. Thus, a prince maintains his power through the act of mercilessness and is reciprocated with high esteem and fear from his citizens.
The negative characters really shaped the story, if there were no negatives and this was the perfect utopia they wanted to create then this would have never happened. The most enjoyful part of the play is that Arthur Miller wrote this because he could relate this to a real life situation with the red scare, kind of how society can relate to this today with some people accusing most of the Islam religion of being
Beowulf was stunningly brave, courageous and put his abilities in the service of others. However, he was too conceited and obsessed about his reputation. Macbeth was a brave warrior, but his Achilles heel, his ambition, turned him into a tyrant. Macduff loved his country and did his best to save it from a tyrant, but at the same time didn’t exercise good judgment in safeguarding his family. Rather than judging people and their actions purely in black and white terms, we should recognize that human beings are complex creatures and have lots of shades of gray.
The reader sees that the characters personality, actions, and diction justify the significant theme good vs. evil. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth displayed traits of evil and corruption by wanting power and wanting to get rid of King Duncan and others that were a threat. In contrast, Macduff showed readers that he wanted what was best for his country and refused to let Macbeth destroy his homeland. After reading The Tragedy of Macbeth, one can see that everyone is not what they seem because even the “brightest angel fell from
Yancey says that “power can force obedience, only love can summon a response of love” (44). This line reminds me of a ruler and his subjects. How can a ruler make his people do the things he wants? A ruler can be ruthless, making his people afraid of him, therefore they will do anything the ruler says out of fear. A ruler can also be kind and caring toward his people, gaining the love and respect out of his subjects, therefore the ruler’s people will do the things he wants out of love and kindness.