From the beginning, Macbeth’s intentions are made clear to the reader; he wants power and authority. After hearing that he will become king, Macbeth’s mind immediately turns to the thought of murdering Duncan as demonstrated in his aside where he says, “... Why do I yield to that suggestion / Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair / And make my seated heart knock at my ribs/ Against the use of nature?” (Shakespeare, Macbeth 1.4.134-37). If he were truly a loyal patron, this thought would not last as long as it did in Macbeth’s head, but his ambition transformed him. As Macbeth’s downfall advances he loses his integrity since his vision is clouded by his ambition and maintaining his rule. Macbeth’s mania gets to a point where, “[the Witches] no longer need to go and meet him; he seeks them out.
Macbeth is now (19) enthralled that he is king but something is still lingering in his head. The witches told Banquo, his partner that “lesser than Macbeth and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shall get kings, though thou ne none” (Shakespeare 19). Since the witches prophesies has come true for Macbeth, he feels that he has to kill Banquo and his kids so that they do not become kings.
His statement is no help, because the idea is now in Lady Macbeth’s head she will never let the idea go. She attempts to deride Macbeth by asking, “Art thou afeard / To be the same in thine own act and valor / As thou art in desire?" (I.vii.39-41). Her plan works on Macbeth and the desire and ambition is all brought back to him as he replies, “I dare do all that may become a man" (I.vii.46). Lady Macbeth’s ability to bring the ambition back to Macbeth with greater attempts is a big reason for him killing Duncan.
Another intriguing yet blatant aspect of loss of identity in Shakespeare's play is drawn from Macbeth's drastic change in personality which drives from his thirst for power that starts to control him; ultimately changing who he ends up to be. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a highly respected individual - saluted for his service to the King. However when he meets the witches and is spoken to about the prophecy, this begins to change. Macbeth is immediately inclined to believe what the witches have to say through their persuasive and manipulative speech. One of the witches exclaims 'All hail, Macbeth - that shalt be King hereafter!'.
In act four of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" Macbeth murders most of a noble man's family out of impulse and paranoia. He suspected said nobleman of plotting against him, and much like the murder of his friend Banquo, he killed him before he got the chance. But this murder is not like the ones before it, this one is much more sinister. The man Macbeth suspected, Maduff, was suspect because he refused to show up to any events that Macbeth attended, and when Macbeth went to ask the witches they warned him Macduff was to be cautioned. This time Macbeth decides right away that Macduff must go.
Shakespeare believes that ambition, when taken too far leads to our destruction as shown through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a heroic soldier who fights for the king without mercy, but he has track by ambition, his curious nature and his wife’s ambition lead him to the witches who told him the prophecies. After the second prophecy has come true, Macbeth has become the thane of Cawdor. He has led to the growth of his ambition by his thought “whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and Ames my seated heart knock at my rib again the use of nature? Present fears are less than horrible imaginings” (1.3.150).
It is explained by Truax that Weird Sisters have simply touched on the deep-seated ambitions and greed that were already present in him (370). Even, he is one of the heirs to the King of Scotland, he subdues his emotions and feelings but until he hears the sisters’ prediction. For example, they tell these words to him; “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1, 3, 3). His ambitions became unavoidable thoughts for him, when he heard Witches’’ prophecies that enslave him to dark desires. He did not allow anybody stand in his bloody way of being King, even if he can commit murder in order to destroy his opponents.
Here Macbeth is considering whether life is meaningful. Macbeth’s character changes greatly throughout the play, from a respected thane to a king who people want dead. Macbeth gives in to his ‘vaulting ambition’ and, encouraged by the witches and Lady Macbeth, he murders King Duncan for the power. The guilt from this greatly affects him, he thinks he should carry on this path as he is almost at the
The main reasoning behind Hamlet’s crazy gimmick is to buy him time to confirm Claudius’s guilt and devise a revenge scheme. By acting crazy he’s not posed as a real threat, because crazy people do not have the mental capacity to concoct a plan or follow through with it. Hamlet’s hoax all began when Hamlet sees the ghost of his father and they converse with each other about the King’s untimely and suspicious death. To most seeing ghosts is a sign of insanity, but Marcellus,
Firstly, he is concerned for what will come in the future not what’s in the present. “Presents fears are less than horrible imaginings;”(136-137) meaning the present dangers of the end of the war are less terrifying than what he is picturing in his head. Then he continues with the thoughts of murdering for the crown and how he would love to do it, but it’s so unlike him to think of murdering the king to gain power makes him unrecognizable to himself. “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise, and nothing is what is not.’ (138-141). No matter how much he wants the crown he would not kill for it and Macbeth is trying to coerce himself out of the thoughts of murder by saying at the end how he wants what isn’t yet real.