It is only logical to look at the three witches first, since they were the ones who planted the ideas of being King in Macbeth’s head. How do they get the idea into his head? Well they first call him by his title and then two other titles that were not his. “First Witch: All hail, Macbeth!Hail to thee, than of Glamis! Second Witch: All hail, Macbeth!
In the play Macbeth, the Witches play a bigger role than one might expect. The Witches are temptations of evil and with the Witches’ mischief prey upon Macbeth’s ambition like puppeteers. The Witches give Macbeth numerous prophecies that are told to provoke Macbeth towards his doom. The prophecies give Macbeth thoughts of treason against the King, tells Macbeth to secure the kingdom from Banquo’s descendants, and give Macbeth the false courage that leads him to think he was invincible. If the Witches’ prophecies did not guide Macbeth, his life would not have led to tragedy.
After Macbeth slaughters King Duncan, he is named king himself and starts to get paranoid about people finding out the truth. Banquo suspects Macbeth of cheating to become king and reminds Macbeth that his own son’s will become king someday when he says, “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women promised, and I fear thou played’st most foully for ’t. Yet it was said it should not stand in thy posterity, But that myself should be the root and father of many kings” (Mac.3.1.1-6). Directly after that conversation, Macbeth hires murderers to kill Banquo. This is another murder that Macbeth never would have done if the witches were not to give Macbeth his
The idea of witchcraft, first introduced in the Old Testament, persisted throughout the Dark Ages and remained important in Elizabethan England, wherein it was featured in the plays of Shakespeare, including Macbeth. In both periods, a witch was often described as an associate of the devil or other evil demon or spirit. If a person was considered a witch, that individual was assumed to have struck a deal with the devil and thus able to perform some sort of ‘dark’ magic, where dark refers to having an evil or selfish purpose or intent (Z 2). Despite the common elements, the beliefs and practices of witchcraft in the in the Dark Ages differed from those of Elizabethan Era. Whereas witchcraft in the Dark Ages was characterized by the presence
After the three murderers killed Banquo, they go to recount the news to Macbeth. Showing no reaction to the news of his former comrade’s death, Macbeth only thinks of himself: “Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect” (Shakespeare 99). Macbeth, asking if Fleance is dead, is only tormented after hearing that Fleance escaped and remains a threat to his crown. Macbeth’s quick transition of concern from Banquo to Fleance exhibits his disregard to the people close to him, a distinct behavior often tied to sociopathic people.
Hamlet speaks to his father’s ghost and is bound to follow the commissions given to him by the ghost. The ghost tells him that Claudius murdered his father and Hamlet begins to seek revenge and takes the ghosts comments as commands. “Yea, from the table of my memory, I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past that youth and observation copied there, And thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain,” (I, V, 99-04) Hamlet tells the ghost ill wipe my mind and follow your commands after he finds out that Claudius murdered his father. In both plays, the dialogue with the supernatural is what drives both tragic heroes to their
Macbeth is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true and thereafter becoming the King of Scotland. Macbeth was a brave soldier and a powerful man, but he is not righteous. Macbeth was a respectful man until his ambition to become
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair”. Equivocation. Equivocation is the use of deliberately misleading words to mislead people. The use of such equivocation is frequent in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, being integral to its plot by driving much of the action. The vile witches manage to cultivate the subconscious desire to be king in Macbeth.
Macbeth indicates the location of the king's room, and Macduff discovers the body. When the murder is revealed, Macbeth swiftly kills the prime witnesses, the sleepy guards of the king's bedchamber, and Lady Macbeth faints. The assembled lords of Scotland, including Macbeth, swear to avenge the murder. With suspicion heavy in the air, the king's two sons flee the country: Donalbain to Ireland and Malcolm to raise an army in