Macbeth bears the responsibility for the death of Duncan, his king, his kinsman and his guest. Macbeth was sucked in by ambition and fooled by his own conscience. Lady Macbeth may be a catalyst to Macbeth 's actions, but Macbeth is ultimately powered by his own ambitions and the prophecy of the witches. The witches ' prophecies have a powerful effect on Macbeth. Banquo asks him "why do you start and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair"(Act 1 Scene 1) .
He even had hallucination of the Dragger. Lady Macbeth was behind him for all those crimes. Macbeth easily tempted into murder to fulfill his ambitions to the throne, and once he commits his first crime and is crowned king of Scotland, he had to kill other people to keep his secret safe and to secure his throne and the moment of awful guilt when Banquo’s ghost appears and also his lady’s death seems to give away the misery. These reflect the tragic tension to Macbeth. Macbeth cannot maintain his power because his increasingly brutal actions make him hated as a
That tragic flaw is his ambition to be king. He wants to be king so badly that he will murder if that is what it takes. Macbeth allows Lady Macbeth to manipulate him into killing Duncan and his desires are so strong that he acts on them. He gets extremely guilty and starts to hallucinate voices, people and objects. “I 'll go no more.
One example is how is easily persuaded by Lady Macbeth to commit such a heinous crime, and murder their King. After, that their downfall begins because they are both so plagued by guilt it starts to affect them both mentally and physically. The first hallucination that Macbeth experienced was the floating dagger that he claimed to Lady Macbeth, led him to King Duncan the night he murdered him (Shakespeare, 2.1.40-46). Then when Macbeth returns to his wife after murdering King Duncan, he asks her if she has heard any strange noises. Macbeth then goes on to explain how, “There’s one did laugh in’s sleep, and one cried, ‘murder!’ That they did wake each other: I stood and heard them: but they did say their prayers and address’d them again to sleep” (Shakespeare, 2.2.28-31).
To Macbeth’s surprise, he was named the new Thane of Cawdor because of his skills and bravery and his great ambition. Along came the witches and prophesied that Macbeth will be king of Scotland. The good trait of ambition that gave him a title of the new Thane also gave him the title of king but through the action of murder. It was not long lasting though, and his flaw of ambition that got him those high-class titles also ended him with defeat and death. Macbeth through all this knows that he has gone too far and that he can not escape his problems.
What is it to be good or evil? Truthful versus deceitful? In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is given a prophecy by three witches that he shall be King and Banquo, his noble friend, shall be the father of kings. Macbeth didn 't like the idea of sharing power and wanted it all to himself. He contemplates killing King Duncan but is forced to commit to it by his wife, Lady Macbeth.
While he is haunted by guilt, Macbeth has to secure his throne by murdering Banquo and Fleance. At the end of the feast which was set up for assassinating Banquo and his son, Macbeth is again terrified by the news that Fleance has fled and Banquo’s ghost will dried blood over his body. He said to the ghost: “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake/ Thy gory locks at me.” (3.4.51-52) These reactions all showed his ambivalence and the hatred to
Lady Macbeth was clearly the more responsible for the murder of king Duncan but overall, Macbeth’s murderous reign has made the cold-blooded character the more evil character in the play. Lady Macbeth may have been more responsible for king Duncan’s death, but she had never expected Macbeth to kill countless of other people just to keep his throne. “I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.” - Macbeth - Act 1 Scene 7 Line 47 to Line
The tables turn over the bumpy road of crime, breakdowns and fights. Lady Macbeth is the puppet master behind Macbeth, pulling the strings and controlling him until he becomes evil, just like her. The powers of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth shift over the play because of their guilt and amount of control over themselves. Near the beginning of the play, Macbeth is told that he is a future king. When Lady Macbeth brings up killing Duncan to Macbeth, he immediately rejects the idea.
The brutal events that occur within the play are as a result to the way Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband, Macbeth. The delivery of persuasive speeches is the root cause to why Macbeth questions himself. Lady Macbeth’s ability to deceive Macbeth is shown, and it demonstrates multiple themes. It is fair to say that Macbeth would do whatever possible to become king considering his ambitions, but is it fair to say that he would go to the extent of killing? Duncan was murdered through Macbeth’s actions; however, Lady Macbeth is the true cause for it.