Macbeth’s quick transition of concern from Banquo to Fleance exhibits his disregard to the people close to him, a distinct behavior often tied to sociopathic people. Macbeth’s calm and collected attitude after the news of Banquo’s murder is unnerving and frightening, especially after seeing how affected he had been at the murder of King Duncan. When killing King Duncan, Macbeth was thoughtless and anxious, but when planned the murder of Banquo Macbeth was cool minded and collected. Macbeth was once a trustworthy man, but now is a disrespectful and violent king. Furthermore, after Banquo’s murder, his body is shown no respect as “Safe in a ditch he bides,/With twenty trenchèd gashes on his head” (Shakespeare 101).
Here, Macbeth says that he will have to “oerleap,/For in my way it [Malcolm] it lies” (I, III, 55-57). Macbeth’s ambition is what is causing him to intervene with his prophecy and pursue his goal (rather than leave it to chance). In a way, it is Macbeth’s own “black and deep desires” that make him kill in the first place as the witches never tell him to do so. Furthermore, apart from ambition, it is Macbeth’s own weak will and moral system that causes him to do the actions that result in his downfall. Macbeth’s weak will is undeniable and is illustrated before killing Duncan.
In the tragedy of Macbeth, there is much deception, murder, and sadness. It is very interesting how the story plays out with the many crimes Macbeth and his wife commit. They do get what they deserve, but not by the hand of a judge or a courtroom, and certainly not at the pace that they should have received their punishment. In Act I, Macbeth and Banquo had just returned from their battles against the invading armies of Ireland and Norway. Macbeth and Banquo then meet three witches who tell them that Macbeth is to be named Thane of Cawdor and eventually king of Scotland.
Macbeth was responsible for his own actions when killing King Duncan, the guards, and his best friend Banquo. These actions came from his flaw of ambition, His ambition for power would stop at nothing for him to become king. He wanted power so bad that he was willing to kill his best friend. The prophecies were the reasoning of the awakening of this ambitious mindset of
Aristotle proposes his criteria to virtuous individuals to other individuals that react a certain way by accident. Aristotle states that the crucial in a tragedy is important to strike the balance in the character’s hero. Aristotelian tragic hero is to perish and its fate should be larger than procure. Aristotle statement as to less to say about the tragic hero because the incidents of tragedy are often beyond the character’s control or closely related to his personality.Aristotle criteria consists of life made of actions and its end is a mode of activity, not a quality. The aspects of Aristotle criteria has a definition to the tragedies combining the characteristics into Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Immediately we realize that something wrong is going to happen because there are witches and something always goes wrong with witches. Later in Act I Macbeth is talked about by King Duncan how he is an honorable and respectful man who shall be named Thane of Cawdor for defeating the treacherous Macdonwald. Before even meeting Macbeth we know him to be a great man, but we also know he will be met by an evil stronger than he has ever faced before, the witches. This means that Macbeth 's soul will have to deal with a fight between good and evil. Soon after learning all this information, the audience soon reads about Macbeth and Banquo’s meeting with the three weird sisters.
Macbeth showed inappropriate emotions when he was about to kill King Duncan. In the third paragraph Macbeth was hearing bells and they bells symbolize death. Macbeth said “The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell” as he was a war hero in the beginning of the play and now he is about to be a cold blooded murder. Macbeth shows a inappropriate no emotion by killing the King Duncan his friend, with no hesitation .There are more signs of Early Psychosis And Psychosis that reflect in Macbeth character .
The Greek philosopher Aristotle was the first critic of literature to see the differences between moral and visual condition. He described a tragedy as “an imitation of an action of high importance, complete and of some amplitude: in language enhanced by distinct and varying beauties…by means of pity and fear effecting its purgation of these emotions” (qtd. in Kennedy & Gioia 856). This description completely embodies the representation of Shakespeare’s protagonist and play Othello. Aristotle’s recipe for a perfect tragic drama included three main ideas: hamartia, or a tragic flaw in the tragic hero’s character that brings about his downfall; katharsis, or a purgation of the audience’s emotions so that they feel that they have learned something from the play; and anagnorisis, or
Macbeth slowly becomes a new shade of evil with every action he makes as he sends murderers to murder his good friend Banquo. ¨I will advise you where to plant yourselves, acquaint you with the perfect spy o´th´time, the moment on´t; for´t must be done tonight, and something from the palace; always thought that I require a clearness.” (3.1.129-133) Macbeth gives ill advice to the murderers to kill Banquo because of his so-said ¨wrong doings¨. He continues to go onto the point where he states it was not his fault since he was no the one to physically murder is old friend. He later sees Banquo´s ghost as the reader realizes his actions will catch up to Macbeth soon. Lady Macbeth however fled with guilt, feels the need to act normal in all senses.
Macbeth’s tragic story has more appearance versus reality due to most of the crimes that he committed and on what’s going on in his mind. He hides his intent from Duncan with fine words, while he is planning his murder. Macbeth says “False face must hide what the false heart doth know” (Act I, Scene VII, line 83). This means that Macbeth is portraying his innocent, although he knows he is guilty. He’s guilty for his wife’s plan in the first place, but he tries to think his way out of it; but he goes with it.
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.
The first apparition warns Macbeth to be aware of Macduff. However, Macbeth replies with “Then live, Macduff; what need I fear of thee? (4.1.89)” Even though Macbeth knows that Macduff will dangerous as he knows about the murder, Macbeth’s overconfidence makes him overlook Macduff as a threat. Macbeth has free will to kill Macduff even though Macduff is in England but his overconfidence, which is shown by his ignorance of Macduff. However, his fear of Macduff’s knowledge pushes him to kill Macduff’s whole family, which only increases Macduff’s hatred for Macbeth, which leads to his downfall.
Frantic, he orders a group of murderers to kill Macduff’s family. Consequently, when the time comes for Macbeth to encounter Macduff on the battlefield, he exhibits a moment of hesitation before proceeding to the duel. Feeling remorse for having Macduff’s entire family violently killed, Macbeth admits that he has a guilty conscience that he does not want to kill Macduff as well. “Of all men else I have avoided thee: / But get thee back; my soul is too much charged / With blood of thine already,” (Shakespeare 5. VIII.