As the play progresses, Macbeth’s hires murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance, as represented through, “Banquo, thy soul’s flight, /If it finds heaven, must find it out tonight” (III, ii, 161-2). In this quote, Macbeth explicitly states that he is going to murder Banquo because to protect his kingship. This showcases Macbeth’s motivation to achieve his goal, at any cost. He is willing to murder his kinsmen to achieve his goal. Furthermore, the murder of Banquo led Macbeth to destruction.
According to Macbeth, being king is more important than any loved one. 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.
Macbeth has convinced the three citizens in his country to murder Banquo. Macbeth say to the murder “have you consider my speeches? Know that he it was he, on the time past, so which held you under fortune” (3.1.80). This dialogue has shown that despite the friendship between Macbeth and Banquo. Macbeth wanted to make sure that his throne was secured, so he murder his friend.
In the entirety of the play Macbeth gains power by murdering his enemies and those who suspect him. This also ties into his downfall, if you hear the witches prophecies clearly you might be able to tell that they also predict that happening. Yet Macbeth blinded by power has overlooked this and is only looking to gain more strength and build on what he has already. “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou played’st most foully for ’t.”(act 3, scene 1, pg 1). Banquo’s suspicion evidently leads to his death as Macbeth has him murdered before the banquet.
This leads Macbeth to hire henchmen in order to take out Banquo and his son in order to keep his power above all. Another murder that Macbeth has done to prevent an uprising against him was when he killed Macduff’s family, he killed his family in order to prevent a revolt on him “Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff, Beware the Thane of fire.
So Macbeth kills the current king and then he kills Banquo. Macbeth who is trying to make his ways of gaining power remain unknown finds himself in trouble and asking the witches for another prophesy. The witches’ prophesize that Macbeth will not die by a man that is born of a woman and the Burnham woods will begin to move. They also tell him to beware of Macduff. While Macbeth is contemplating the things that the witch has said he hears a screech.
That was all Macbeth. Yes, he did have his wife urging him to do so from the side but it was Macbeth stabbing and killing Duncan that caused the chain of events to unravel. Macbeth also ordered murderers to kill Banquo because he fears his family taking over the throne. Although Macbeth himself did not kill this time, he ordered people to do it on his behalf. He is then haunted by Banquo’s ghost and the guilt.
Macbeth is then informed that he will become king. Lady Macbeth is a very inhumane person who makes a plan to kill Duncan while he is asleep. Macbeth tries to back out of killing the king and let it happen naturally, but Lady Macbeth calls him a coward; convincing him that killing Duncan is the best way to become king. Murdering the king would lead to both positive and negative outcomes. A positive outcome of murdering the king would be that Macbeth could become king
Macbeth doesn’t want to kill Banquo because he believes that he will lose power because everyone who cared for him and banquo would soon lose love for him. Macbeth is too guilty and people are starting to notice something weird about Macbeth, Banquo believes that Macbeth has something to do with the murder of the king. “There's comfort yet; they are assailable.Then be thou jocund. Ere the bat hath flown His cloister'd flight, ere to black Hecate's summons The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums Hath rung night's yawning peal, there shall be done A deed of dreadful note. (3.2.44-49) This quote is significant because Macbeth is now planning to kill banquo because Macbeth believes banquo knows he killed the king and that would affect his rise to power.
Macbeth, an old scottish king, is debated to be a successful Machiavellian king. However, using evidence from chapters seventeen and eighteen of The Prince, one can conclude that Macbeth is not, in fact, a successful king. This is because he can not manage to put forward the fronts that he must in order to keep his subjects ignorant and because he is unable to keep unity among his