By playing on Macbeth’s deepest ambition, it brought forth thoughts of evil and as a result, it leads Macbeth down a violent path. Lady Macbeth also has a part to play as she is the driving force, who plotted and urged Macbeth into committing the hideous act. Lady Macbeth attacked qualities of Macbeth’s manhood, telling him when he commits the murder then he “[is] a man”. Shakespeare suggests that Macbeth lacks the strength of character, but through manipulation of his ambitions, he gains the strength to carry out the act. Straight after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth is shaken by what he has committed and says will all “great Neptune’s ocean, wash this blood/clean from my hands”, reveals that he is now regretting his decision and is making an attempt to get rid of the evidence.
In Macbeth, the central protagonist, Macbeth, undergoes a drastic transformation from accomplished warrior to power hungry dictator with countless instances of bloodshed left in his wake ; Macbeth’s greed as well as the urges brought on by those around him lead Macbeth down a treacherous and destructive path to power. Macbeth’s journey to power begins with a urge to murder Duncan in order to become the kind of Scotland, Macbeth states, “Let not light see my black and deep desires.” (1.IV.58) Although Macbeth commits this murder himself and seeks it for personal gain, this murder would not have been committed without his wife exerting pressure on him to commit the crime. Macbeth is a character who is easily manipulated but also possesses an
Macbeth’s flaw, is his power seeking, ambitious nature, and it leads to his and many other’s downfall. Macbeth’s ambition is what drives him to go through with the murder of Duncan, and later to murder Banquo, both of these murders ultimately lead to Macbeth’s death. Macbeth’s ambition, his desire to be king, was the reason that Duncan was murdered, “’Gainst nature still: Thriftless ambition, that wilt ravin up, thine own life’s means! Then ’tis most like that the sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.” (Shakespeare Act II, Scene IV). Ross, here says that ambition is the reason Malcolm murdered Duncan, and that has as a result Macbeth will become king.
In the entirety of the play Macbeth gains power by murdering his enemies and those who suspect him. This also ties into his downfall, if you hear the witches prophecies clearly you might be able to tell that they also predict that happening. Yet Macbeth blinded by power has overlooked this and is only looking to gain more strength and build on what he has already. “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou played’st most foully for ’t.”(act 3, scene 1, pg 1). Banquo’s suspicion evidently leads to his death as Macbeth has him murdered before the banquet.
He says “I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself / And falls on th’other”(ActⅠScene ⅶ) Macbeth has enough self-awareness to realize the dangers of killing the king yet his temptation to complete the prophecy is too strong. Another example of ambition is when Lady Macbeth plans the murder of Duncan and continually urges Macbeth to do it in order to fulfill the prophecy and desire. Lady Macbeth puts aside her reasoning and lets her temptation run her actions. Ambition is what drives the both of them to commit such atrocities. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth wanted to be powerful so bad that they were willing to compromise their morals in order to be successful.
Macbeth’s deterioration initiated with slaying Macduff’s family. By doing this, he only creates Macduff as an enemy who is now declaring revenge for his slaughtered family. When Macbeth commits this crime, it reveals that he is a tragic hero, in view of the fact that he continues performing disastrous deeds which only demolished his downfall. Upon following this, Macbeth’s epiphany, when he recognizes that the three witches had cleverly tricked him, was an exemplary point on how Macbeth is a tragic hero seeing that this individual finally becomes aware of the horrendous crimes he has accomplished in the play. In the following catharsis, Macbeth releases those emotion, “And be these juggling fiends no more believed,/that palter with us in a double sense,/that keep the word of promise to our ear,/and break it to our hope” (5,8,23-26).
Macbeth was not the true villain because he was influenced by ambition and persuasion in the form the witches prophecy, “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter.”(1.3.50) This led to the thoughts of murder for Macbeth’s gain. It is clear that the witches are the only true villain, because only they were the main cause for all of Macbeth’s murders. Not only is it clear in the play, but if you look at the background knowledge surrounding the play, you would know it was written for King James of England, who was very persistent in capturing and prosecuting “witches” , so Shakespeare had made the three witches the villains to give himself a good image with the king. This is why the witches are the true villains, because they had planted murderous thoughts in Macbeth’s mind and then tricked him with illogical prophecies. With all this said, the witches’ absolute supernatural powers corrupted them
From murder to greed Shakespeare’s Macbeth portrays a story of how one’s flaws can transform into a person’s way of thinking and acting. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth changes from a cold-hearted, greedy, shell of a human body into a guilt ridden woman. Her selfish desires met with ambition and a want for power pushed her into driving Macbeth to kill Duncan. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth become very guilty because of the crime they have committed. Although Macbeth actively kills the King, Lady Macbeth was more guilty of Duncan’s murder than Macbeth.
Throughout this sinister story, terror proved to be the most potent force in influencing the actions made by its characters. Macbeth, and all those defying his rule were driven by dread. Macbeth’s thirst for power was speedily overtaken by paranoia after murdering King Duncan, resulting in him having even his best friend murdered, not to mention Macduff’s wife and children. We know Macbeth killed his best friend from how he spoke of him in the following lines: “There is none but he/ Whose being
The supernatural motivates Macbeth comprehensively, to the extent that he murders King Duncan, Banquo and Macduff 's family. It galvanises him to do things that otherwise he would have thought were ludicrous. Firstly, the witches prophecies stimulated Macbeth to kill the ones he loves, as a consequence losing friends that were loyal to him. Additionally, Banquo 's ghost caused Macbeth to feel guilt and fear, causing him to rely on the witches’ predictions and having a false feeling of security. Finally, the vision of a bloody dagger that appeared right before the murder encouraged Macbeth to kill King Duncan.