Throughout the rest of the play, Macbeth goes insane and is filled with guilt and paranoia. In the play, control is divided between Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the Witches. To begin with, Macbeth exemplifies his control in the play by beginning the the play by the quote, “If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me” (1.3). Macbeth is in a way foreshadowing what
Firstly, the witches could have complete power over Macbeth’s destiny while he has no control whatsoever. On the other hand, there is also the argument that Macbeth carves his own path due to his ambitious nature. However, the witches cannot control the fate of Macbeth because we control our own fates, and our own actions in the present are what shapes our future. Macbeth is seen as a very ambitious character from the start of the play while fighting against the rebels, to the end when he is slain. How he decides he uses his ambition
Macbeth not only manipulated the two men but lied, not telling them the real reason he wanted Banquo dead. Macbeth figured that since Banquo was with him when the witches were telling him the prophecies he would soon be able to figure out that Macbeth took the chance to kill Duncan and become king. “Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women promised, and I fear thou play'dst most foully for't”(III, I, 1-3) In this quote Banquo goes to explain that he has it all, and that Macbeth had cheated to get into the position he was in. As Banquo says “Thou played’st most foully for’t” Macebth started to plot his plan so that no one else can know about the real way he became king. Macbeths worry that Banquo’s blood line would rein one day, based on the prophecies told by the witches, made Macbeth act further on his plan to
Soon after he was told these prophecies King Duncan named him thane of Cawdor. Macbeth, shocked by the truth behind the witches prophecies, manages to make sure that he fulfills the third prophecy of becoming King of Scotland by killing King Duncan. Therefore, Macbeth’s noble background as thane of Glamis and multiple noble statuses ensure his nobility and this is a key aspect of an aristotelian tragic
To reinforce what Banquo says, Macbeth already knows that he is thane of Glamis. There is a battle going on, and the thane of Cawdor died, but Macbeth has yet to hear wind about it. The witches could have knowledge about this, and just told him what he wants to hear about being king
King Duncan is already Thane of Cawdor, so it makes Macbeth think that he has to do something to make the prediction come true. Later in the story, the witches make more predictions for Macbeth, but these predictions are used to mess with Macbeth’s head. The second apparition that the witches’ summon says, “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn
Later in scene, Lady Macbeth states that if she had made such a promise as Macbeth did to her, she would “dash the brains out” of her own child as “it was smiling in her fail”. However Lady Macbeth makes it absolutely clear that if he is brave enough, it is impossible to fail. These quotes show how Lady Macbeth is controlling her husband and she proves herself be the most responsible of Duncan’s death. Some people may say that three witches are the most responsible of the death of Duncan. Macbeth never considered murdering king Duncan until he saw the prophecies of the witches.
Early on in the story it is revealed that Macbeth wants to become the king after listening from the prophecy told by the three wyrd witches. One example is when Macbeth says” Two predictions have come true. The First towards the ultimate goal, the throne!” (1.3.130-135). That proves that Macbeth has a lot of ambition to become the new king and to over throne Duncan. Another quote from Macbeth that shows his sole desire to become king is when he says “If fate says I’ll be king well fate may crown me, without my help” (1.3.
.why do you start and seem to fear/ Things that sound so fair?" (1.3.54-55). Macbeth is fearful of how the witches know his deepest desires to be king. If word were to get out about Macbeth's sinful thoughts and his desire for power, he believes that we would be ruined. Banquo notes the fear in Macbeth right away, showing how Macbeth is fighting against his ambitions the instant he hears the prophecy.