Imagine being presented with the opportunity for greater things, such as power, wealth, and respect, but could only achieve this life through destruction. In William Shakespeare’s drama, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, he writes the story of a man named Macbeth, who was faced with this very choice. Driven by twisted truths and his own ambition, Macbeth murders the king of Scotland and ascends the throne, unaware his decision will also lead to his downfall. The predominant theme of good vs. evil had surrounded Macbeth as he descended down the path of destruction and emerged in who he faced along the way including himself, Banquo and Macduff. The first signs of evil intent reside within Macbeth himself as he struggles with his morals as a loyal
One line that states Macbeth is forceful is when Macbeth states “To become king myself, I’m either going to have to step over him or give up, because he’s in my way”. One line that states Macbeth is avarice is when Macbeth says “Now I’m decided, and I will exert every muscle in my body to commit this crime.” which he referring to killing King Duncan so that he can be King next because that is what the three witches told him. Both Macbeth and Hermia make bad decisions
He also later finds out that he is a difficult man to murder, so it goes to his head and he believes he 's invincible. In Shakespeare 's Macbeth, the theme of blind ambition is developed through the motif of blood as seen in the assassination of King Duncan, the murder of Banquo, and the outcome of the second apparition. The assassination of Duncan was bloody and was the first act that was influenced by Macbeth’s blind ambition to be King. Macbeth at first tries to fight his ambition, he says, “First I am his kinsman and his subject,/Strong both against the deed: then, as his host,/Who should against his murderer shut the door,/Not bear the knife myself.” (I.vii. 13-16).
Throughout his stages of character development it is easy to depict what changes have occurred and what has influenced such a transition. In Act ii-iii it is presented that his evil conscience is what built his downfall.When Macbeth was informed that Duncan made him the Thane of Cawsor, he gives into the temptations suggested by the witches and becomes merciless towards the act of murder. In this case Macbeth states, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function; is smother’d in sunrise.” (i.iii.139-141). Macbeth demonstrates treacherous personality traits by acting inhumane towards crimes that he wouldn’t have committed before the prophecies Lady Macbeth however, has this contagious hold on Macbeth hand which influences his actions. For one, she intrigues his masculinity in order to persuade him to commit malicious crimes.
A sensible and responsible king, Creon, is a tragic hero because of his power madness, self-righteousness, and ruthlessness. He is the center of the play, which causes events to happen. The first tragic fall that leads Creon to his downfall is his power madness. His power madness fall can be supported by Antigone’s dialogue, “Further: he has the matter so it that anyone who dares attempt the act will die by stoning in the town.” (Antigone 2). The quote means that anyone who didn’t follow Creon’s decree will die.
In my opinion, blood symbolize a contradiction in the play. Shakespeare presented it by depicting how the entanglement in Macbeth’ mind when he killed people and how the honor he got because of his slaughter, his pst and his outcome. In Act 1, scene 2. Macbeth was evaluated by the Captain ‘For brave Macbeth. Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution.’ As we can see, Macbeth was ambitious as a solider who wanted to make achievement, and he did very well then he become a Cawdor.
Murder, the worst crime a man can commit. Regicide, taking murder a step further by killing a king, God’s anointed. In 1606, William Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Macbeth to reinforce the idea of the Divine Right of Kings by showing the consequences of a regicide. Macbeth, the leader of the Scottish army, kills King Duncan to make himself King. He commits the greatest evil imaginable by going against God’s judgement and killing the rightful ruler of Scotland.
When the witch prophesied his future, he took it upon himself to destroy anyone that would interfere him between the throne. Macbeth was so ambitious on killing anyone that was cesses of him not being king, that he lost track of his moralities and beliefs. Therefore Macbeth uncheck ambition shows that becoming king will lead him on the path of destruction. The aspect of ambition in Macbeth, show the universal human trait that ambition leads to destruction. At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare illustrates Macbeth ambition and how it emerges.
Hamlet is galvanized by the words it has to say. “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. Murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural.” (1.5.31-37). These words are what suddenly unveil the enigma that is the death of King Hamlet, as well as being the catalyst for Hamlet’s plot to usurp the throne from Claudius. As the throne was rightfully his by blood, and clearly stolen by Claudius’ own selfish motives.
But yet I’ll make assurance double sure and take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live, That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies, and sleep in spite of thunder” (Shakespeare, 125). With all the power, Macbeth has been receiving lately he feel that he is invisible and can actually be King. As he takes the apparitions literally, his proposition is to murder Macduff’s family because he feels like it's just one more step closer to his title now that Macduff will grieve for his loss instead of fighting with Macbeth. Macbeth is not the only one who changed from humbleness to greedy, In the book The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Kino hears the song of happiness that bris safety and wholeness to his family.
Now this is normally where the tragic hero realizes the error of his ways and tries to change. That or someone shakes some sense into him and tell him what he has been doing is wrong. But that is not the case with Macbeth he keep on doing things his way and keeps making bad decisions. The way it is going right now in the story it looks like it can only get worse and it does. The next major thing Macbeth does is hire those same three murderers to kill Macduff, because the witches said that Macduff is someone Macbeth should be afraid of.
Though the encouragements of the three witches and Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is entirely accountable for his downfall. Throughout the play Macbeth, Macbeth is a tragic hero who abolishes himself by his own wicked and selfish determinations. During the start of the play, Macbeth is shown as a brave, noble hero of Scotland who has fearlessly won the war. As the story progresses, Macbeth soon transforms into a dictator who is willing to kill anyone that becomes a danger to his monarchy. Although Macbeth is influenced by a number of factors that lead him to his downfall, his deep desire and character persuades his ambition in the end.
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play that mainly focuses on one common theme of insanity. Macbeth gradually becomes plagued by intense guilt as his desire for power drives him to attain his goals by any means necessary, including committing murder. He kills Duncan in cold blood in order to become King, has Banquo killed by three murderers because he wishes to maintain his position as King, and finally, he has Macduff’s family slaughtered. Each of these occurrences takes place because of Macbeth’s will to be King, or they are a result of his guilt. Nonetheless, they are all completed of his free will, which is what causes him to deteriorate mentally.