First reason, Macbeth was thinking about murdering the king and it’s not a good choice. Then he finally did his unforgivable move which is kill the king when the king was visiting his castle. He couldn’t control himself because his ambition was getting too big and it swallow him. A quote in the play said ”Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going; And such an instrument I was to use.”(2.1.42-43) The bad thing about killing king Duncan was the prediction said he will be king in the future but he couldn’t wait so he killed the king. In the critic the author also mention of Macbeth was imagine killing king Duncan “A terrible image of temptation employing the very instrument of murder lures him on”(Snider). These two quote connect to each other and they told us that Macbeth was thinking of taking the throne and it’s the first reason lead to his downfall.
How would you feel or react to a society where you really had to fight or be killed to be king or queen? The book Macbeth by Shakespeare contains a plot that is very similar to the question I just asked you. Macbeth was a general at the time when three witches, the weird sisters reveal a prophecy to him. The witches reveal that he would become King of Scotland one day. The prophecy messes with Macbeth wife’s head so much that she gives the idea to Macbeth of killing the former king, King Duncan. Macbeth follows through with the killing of the king. After the death of King Duncan and many other enemies, Macbeth takes the throne for himself. Shakespeare was a believer in the order of the universe, this causes the book to be based on the Elizabeth order of the universe where God is above everyone and
William Shakespeare is considered as one of the best play writers in history. One of his most well known plays is Macbeth where a Scottish general named Macbeth has a strong desire to be king which leads him to betray and murder his king, Duncan. He also kills the nobles who have been loyal to him in order to maintain his title as king. Throughout this play, Shakespeare uses the motif of ambition, guilt, and fate to characterize the characters, show the different themes present within the play, and how the motifs are still relevant today.
The question of if humans are truly responsible for their own actions has sparked a debate in humanity throughout history. In the non-fiction article, “Freewill and Determinism” written by Saul McLeod, he compares the different aspects of freewill and determinism. Throughout the article, McLeod explains how freewill and determinism, while very different, go hand in hand with each other. To go with that, in the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, many of the explanations in the article as to why people do what they do can be helpful when trying to figure out Macbeth's poor decision making. To begin the story, Macbeth was a trustworthy and loyal warrior for King Duncan. However, Macbeth starts to form a desire to be King. His goal to
Betrayal is a ghastly act that often ruins relationships permanently. It tears the two parties apart and builds a wall between each other. Betrayal is, unfortunately, not a hard concept to understand in William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Macbeth. Macbeth and Banquo’s relationship was long and emotional, for they were best friends and war comrades. This only makes the betrayal of Macbeth even more unforgivable, knowing that he only did so for himself. Macbeth’s disinterest in Banquo’s murder displays his loss of humanity, and his absence of morality makes it clear that he no longer cares for his closest friend. Banquo’s murder is deplorable as Macbeth’s sociopathic behavior demonstrates his utter lack of empathy.
Power is always coveted in any society and the world of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is no different. In the play, Macbeth, a noble lord, shows his hunger for power with thoughts to remove an heir to the throne from power. Macbeth’s impatience to be king leads him to stain his honor by using murder. Macbeth travels further down the path of evil by arranging the assassination of a friend. Macbeth loses his last scrap of morality when he orders the murder of innocents to enrage a rival. Shakespeare’s Macbeth shows that humans will do whatever it takes to achieve and maintain power by charting Macbeth’s descent from noble thane to murderous tyrant.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth go into the dinner they are bout to have. When Macbeth walks in, the first murderer comes to the door. Macbeth talks to him about Banquo’s death and that Fleance had escaped, this makes him very angry. After he talks to the murder he goes back to his dinner and when Macbeth goes to sit at the end of the table, he sees Banquo’s ghost sitting in his chair. Macbeth gets very scared seeing the blood running down his face, he speaks to him. The problem is Banquo is invisible to everyone else. Lady Macbeth says that he sees things and that they should just ignore him. She asks Macbeth what the matter is and asks him to snap out of it. Banquo’s ghost vanishes, and Macbeth tells his company not to worry. He is about to toast
Macbeth was a honorable man but his greed for power had ruined his life. He was a loyal nobleman who killed the previous Thane of Cawdor, Macdonwald, as Macdonwald had betrayed my father, King Duncan. My father had put all his trust in Macbeth and even gave him the new title of Thane of Cawdor. However, Macbeth took advantage of that and betrayed my father, the King of Scotland. He had somehow developed an ambition to become the new King of Scotland. This, I found very unbelievable, because why and how on earth would Macbeth be able to achieve this? But I was mistaken, since Macbeth was capable of achieving this goal in the worst way possible. Macbeth murdered King Duncan and got away with it, just so that he could take his throne. Macbeth
In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, characters are designed to compliment one another; whether it be to show a character’s weaknesses or strengths more efficiently. Referred to as a character foil, multiple characters throughout this tragedy contrast from Macbeth, and it is through their actions, that one is further able to analyze Macbeth’s traits and characteristics. Throughout the play, Macbeth’s main concern is gaining power and becoming influential. A character who serves as Macbeth’s foil is Banquo, because of the contrasting way he approaches a situation that foretells who will become rule in the near future. By Banquo being included in the tragedy, Macbeth, one is able to analyze his reaction to the news, and learn how Macbeth’s
Shakespeare wrote one of his most famous plays, Macbeth, in 1606 during the reign of King Jame I. This play was based on actual historical events that occurred during 1040 to 1057. Shakespeare seems to have included both fact and fiction throughout the entire play to recreate this story to better appeal to King James. By including both fact and fiction in Macbeth, Shakespeare created a story that did not portray the characters and events in a historically accurate way.
Ambition and self-fulfilling prophecies two seemingly unrelated things that are actually intertwined with one another. Ambition is the thing that drives many people to do the things they love. Self-fulfilling prophecies are a direct result of ambition by the person subconsciously doing things to get their foreseen future. These things help the advancement of people’s lives. It is part of life to want to succeed and have dreams be fulfilled. Many people gain fulfillment through hard work and persistence. This is how Macbeth was at the beginning of the story. He was a brave warrior who was known and even honored by the king. Unfortunately, Macbeth’s ambition takes control and he decides that he wants more power no matter what it takes to get
To summarize all this, Macbeth was selfish, he wanted all the power and he didn’t want anyone to take it from him. Becoming king was the whole reason why Macbeth was insane. He did anything in his power to become king, he killed anyone that got in his way, and didn’t show any emotions for anyone’s deaths. It was shown throughout the story. There are situations where people care about things they want rather than the ones that are by them. Macbeth was the only one that could have stopped what he was doing. Things that people want can destroy them and that is exactly what happened to
Leadership that comes from one person can either lead their followers to triumph or to horrible devastation. The outcome of which all hinges on the leader's view of their role and their followers role. A difference in the view of what true leadership is, is what separates Macduff and Malcolm from Macbeth. Before Macbeth even fully commits to the idea of killing Duncan he admits that Duncan “hath borne his faulties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office (1.7.17-18).” At this this point in the play he is clearly acknowledging Duncan’s success and popularity throughout Scotland. He goes on to describe how the angels will weep when Duncan dies. This thought about the widespread effects that would be caused, shows one of the last moments of Macbeth considering the moral path.
Macbeth and Banquo were seen as relatively similar individuals who acted with nobility. At the beginning, they both were loyal military leaders who fought hard for their king and their country. However, after their encounter with the Three Weird Sisters, they began to show their differences through the actions they make in regards to prophecies they were given.