In the Holinshed’s Chronicles, three creatures appear on Macbeth’s and Banquo’s journey to Fife. The witches greet Macbeth by his current title, Thane of Glamis and then they call him by titles Macbeth has not attained. Banquo is not fond of to see the witches who have feature similar to creatures of ancient time. The witches respond to Macbeth by stating prophets that involve him being crowned king of Scotland, but he would have an unlucky ending, which could associate with death. When Macbeth and Banquo reach to Fife, King Duncan announce his son’s role after his death. Macbeth shows signs of disagreement with the Duncan’s decision of allowing his eldest son to attain the position of King of Scotland. Readers find out that the witches’ prophets
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Everything start to change when Macbeth and Banquo receive a message from the witches that he “shall be king”(1.3.90). Macbeth felt so good about himself because he found out that he gonna be king. But he found out that king Duncan son was gonna be king, but Macbeth started to feel guilt and that
Lady Macbeth, who through her hospitality, appears to be of no threat to king Duncan, uses her “false face” (1.7.82), to “hide what the false heart doth know” (1.7.82), so that the king is mesmerized into a false sense of security. She, through her courtesy, appears only to be entertaining king Duncan and his grooms with a fine fest, but in reality is using the “wine and wassail” (1.7.64), as an instrument in the dastardly drugging of Duncan's grooms. She too, herself, makes it look as if "she is nothing but “th' innocent / flower” (1.5.56-57), when in reality she is nothing but the “serpent under’t” (1.5.58). Lastly, Banquo presents himself with a mirage of forever lasting loyalty towards Macbeth, but in reality he too wants the witches prophecies to come true for him and bare kings as children. Banquo, who did not fail in suspecting that Macbeth might have “played’st most foully” (3.1.3), for such a prestigious title, takes on the role of “chief guest” (3.1.11).
Shakespeare writes Macbeth in order to convey the central idea that the drive for greed results in the downfall of oneself and the ones around you. In Act 1 Scene 7, “When Duncan is asleep (Whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey Soundly invite him), his two chamberlains Will I with wine and wassail... What not put upon His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt Of our great quell?” Macbeth and Lady Macbeth desperately want to become king and queen so they decide to kill King Duncan. Even though King Duncan is a friend of theirs, they are willing to go to extreme measures.
Macbeth is worried about Banquo’s son and wisdom. He then sends two assassins to kill Banquo and his son This is important because Macbeth realizes that being king is meaningless if he is not safe, and is willing to commit another murder in order to make him live a worriless life as king. In this passage, Macbeth says that he is trapped, and cannot move forwards or backwards. Macbeth is in a situation where he is forced to “stand his ground” because he made the decision to murder Duncan. This is significant as it shows that Macbeth’s decision to kill more people in his way (fulfilling the witches prediction) as he has already killed people in order to become king.
Macbeth is now King, but is not yet content. The witches told Macbeth that Banquos sons will carry on the throne. This worried Macbeth because he was unsure if Banquo would betray him so that his sons could reign. “Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared. ‘Tis much he dares; And, to that dauntless temper of his mind, he hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor to act in safety.
Macbeth is trying to clear the obstacles that could withhold him from kingship by killing the only other person that was mentioned in the prophecy. The witches said that Banquo will be the father of kings, which made Macbeth uneasy about his continuous rule over Scotland. In conclusion, Macbeth having the heart to kill two of his close friends for the throne shows how he has
Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely As In a close reading from, Macbeth, William Shakespeare reveals to the reader, the staggering character development of the Thane of Cawdor and Glamis, and soon to be future King Macbeth. The author illustrates Macbeth as a man known to everyone as “Valour’s Minion” , and an honorable person to becoming a sadistic and cold-blooded king. As we progress in the story we see that Macbeth first taste with Murder starts with him doubting himself , and his ability in killing an innocent soul. As Macbeth’s persona begins to change, the murdering of Banquo becomes so effortless and easy, than that of King Duncan’s was , because Macbeth saw the “light” in Banquo and realized how far Banquo could threaten his kingship.
The Witches use words to spark the deep desire within Macbeth to become king. They prophesize that he will one day become king, but, they also prophesize that although Banquo may not be king himself he will produce a long line of heirs to the throne. Macbeth sees this as a threat and he ultimately ends up murdering Banquo and his family. The Witches words spark the conflict within the play. Words are also used to inspire people to bring an end to Macbeth’s tyrannical reign.
The fact that Macbeth believes the witches’ prophecies are not evil nor good foreshadows how he will go on to kill any other person standing in his way to more power. His ambition blinds his mind to make him even think about ruthlessly committing a murder. This forceful way of gaining power will only lead Macbeth to become a “tyrant” in Scotland and his “fantastical” desires of killing Duncan and receiving the crown will lead Scotland to failure. Under Macbeth’s rule, Scotland seems to be in a terrible condition. With distrust among the people, there is tension all within the country, as Macbeth’s totalitarian regime had rendered the prosperity of Scotland.
The witches played a colossal role in Macbeth’s downfall and ultimately, his death. Since the first part of the prophecy stated Macbeth as being the new Thane of Cawdor, he believed he could continue to become king as well. In knowing his prediction, Macbeth also realized that since the king was in good health, so he would have to kill the king himself. For the rest of his prophecy to come true he would have to kill the king for himself. “All hail, Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter!”
“There is none but he whose being I do fear: and, under him, my genius is rebuked; as, it is said, Mark Antony 's was by Caesar” (III.i.57-60). Macbeth is angry about being under any of Duncan 's sons when it comes to who becomes the next king. Macbeth is being selfish and greedy, which he proves when he kills Duncan to take his place as king. Macbeth thinks about his line of succession, and thinks to himself “ No son of mine succeeding,if’t
However, it is all according to the prophecy, so it holds as fair. What would be a fair act to bring in the heir to the throne transitions from a positive connotation to one that is foul, and therefore a paradox blooms with these events. Malcolm, son of King Duncan, later reveals that he wants to kill Macbeth because of the many that he has killed in his path to claim the throne.