Macbeth’s mental condition begins to dwindle as time goes on, starting with the murder of Duncan. At first, Macbeth is seen as a soldier that everyone aspires to be, strong, brave, and compassionate about his duties to the king. In act one scene two, Captain says, “...For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name-...” This shows that he is a likeable person who has only the objective of serving his king. After meeting with the witches and hearing his prophecy, Macbeth starts to think about what it would be like to be king of Scotland.
The word “kingship” in this play implies both goodness and corruption that leads to the overall theme of disrupting the natural order and the expansion of distrust within the royal court. Macbeth’s ambition to be “Scotland’s King” starts when the weird sisters announce, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! /All hail, Macbeth!
It is important to note that this supernatural being is one of Cain’s clan who was banished by the Creator for killing Abel. “Cain got no good from committing that murder/Because the Almighty made him anathema/And out of the curse of this exile there sprang /Ogres and elves and evil phantoms” (Heaney 109-12). In other words, monsters are created and ostracized on behalf of Cain’s action. Grendel is destined to be an atrocious demon, similar to the caste system where people are unable to move up a caste. Furthermore, the creature can be related to the character, Ralph, from the movie Wreck-It Ralph, where they both are rejected and mistreated only for being what they are.
The two themes work together to teach the audience that when ambition is unchecked by moral considerations it leads to disaster. The first example of this was when Macbeth killed Duncan. His better judgment told him not to yet his ambition overrode him and in result the night was faced with numerous encounters of chaos including the Earth shaking as if it had a fever. After this first endeavor, Macbeth continued to disregard his morals and let his desires run his actions. In doing so, he murders Banquo and faces an unnatural ghostly consequence.
The Otto-Missouri tribes believe that an owl brings the message of death to people. Seeing or hearing an owl is believed to be unlucky and a sign of serious illness or death to come. The Choctaw believe that in an Ofunlo, a Screech Owl, is heard then a child will die. If an Opa, a common owl, is seen near a home and hoots, it is a foreboding of death among close relatives. The Apache believe that dreaming of an owl signals approaching death.
Chapter 3: Principle of Creon . At first glance Creon’s edict may be like simply cruel and seems to be unjust but he has his own view for the edict. He forbids the burial of Polyneices and throws away the corpse to dogs and birds; threatens the guard to torture if he fails to find out the culprit; quickly announces two sisters death without justifying. These are seems to be cruel but if we look into his deed entirely we will come to know why he does those?
“Fair is foul and foul is fair”. This is possibly the most iconic quote from the play Macbeth. Written in 1606, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, the play dramatizes the effect of the greediness for power, strong lust after a goal, and envy, all of which are three of the seven deadly sins that many people believed in during this day age of England, in which, Macbeth takes place. Macbeth was written about eleventh century Scotland, which was troubled, violent, and lead by feuding families. To make his plays as realistic as possible and as entertaining as he could, Shakespeare reflected history in his plays.
(I.ii.1-3) but because of an evil drive his life was short lived. His death was the ultimate sign of a greater evil that arose in his kingdom. It showed that through the imagery in
When a person kills to get what they want is an example of excessive ambition. Ambition is the one of the most important themes in Macbeth. Ambition in moderation is normal, setting goals, working overtime, etc., but tremendous ambition can be destructive. Ambition led Macbeth to kill Duncan and take his throne. It led Macbeth to kill his friend, Banquo, because he was suspicious of him and he feared he would be an obstacle.
Late one day Macbeth and Banquo, the other thane, met with three witches who said, “Macbeth is the thane of the Cawdor, Macbeth will be the King of Scotland, and Banquo’s children will be kings” (Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 50-70). Macbeth had questions, but the witches disappeared before he could ask them. Soon, Ross arrives with a message for Macbeth. He explained to Macbeth that the King is so grateful that he won two battles and is giving Macbeth a new title honoring his loyalty towards the King. He congrats Macbeth and said his new title is “Thane of Cawdor.”
Soon after Macbeth murders Duncan, Ross and the Old Man talk about the unusualness of this event. The Old Man relates Duncan’s sudden murder to “A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place, was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed” (2.4.15-16). The Old Man describes Macbeth as the “mousing owl”, which is an owl that only preys on mice, not even close to a falcon, which hunts much bigger prey. Duncan is a falcon, which is considered the “king” of all birds. The Old Man describes this as a disruption in the cycle of nature because a mousing owl, a weaker bird, does not typically kill a bird so much larger and stronger.
This soliloquy shows us that Macbeth’s ambition is the only thing motivating him to carry out the regicide. He recognises that violent crimes are wrong and is concerned about the consequences of his actions unlike Lady Macbeth. He doesn’t want to betray the king’s trust, and knows people will be devastated at the loss of their humble leader. He discloses that he is afraid that the 'horrid deed ' shall 'return to plaque th 'inventor ', suggesting that his greatest fear is the consequences of killing his king and getting caught yet he admits that he has 'vaulting ambition '. We also see that his wife 's powerful persuasion is clear as he changes from clearly stating with a simple sentence, 'We will proceed no further in this business ' to 'I am settled and bend up ... to this terrible feat '.
But after that, chaos started. The crow insisted on going to get water. The wolf objected and called him a fool.
In scene 4, for example, Ross reports that "by the clock ‘tis day, / And yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp" (II iv 6-7). This appearance of the blackness throttling the light of day is a atmospheric manifestation of the murder of Duncan; the light of nature is asphyxiated just as Duncan 's life is smothered. The old man defines Duncan 's noble horses eating each other and an owl eating a falcon, occasions that reverberation the massacre of Duncan by Macbeth. Hence the abnormal death of Duncan nosedives the country into both physical and spiritual chaos. The image of an owl hunting a falcon is a chunk of a superior outline of symbolism surrounding birds in the play.
Symbolism is a very prominent literary technique throughout Shakespeare’s famous play, Macbeth. These symbols lead to a better understanding of the play, and add a lot of deeper meanings to it as well. While there are countless numbers of these symbols and motifs, specifically, blood, clothing, and birds are three very important ones. Blood is a symbol that portrays guilt throughout the play. Second, clothing stands for something the characters are not, for example when Macbeth is crowned Thane of Cawdor.