Macduff and Malcolm go to war against Macbeth eager for revenge. Macduff, vengeful for his family’s death cuts off Macbeths head, and Malcom takes his rightful place as king. Macbeth’s Ambition and Greed resulted in his downfall. Constantly wanting more, Macbeth allowed his blind ambition to dictate what actions he took to obtain being king and staying king.
As a result of Macbeth’s ambition, he creates a path of destruction, thinking that in the end, he will gain ultimate power, authority, and success but really ends up establishing his own death. Macbeth’s ambition steers Macbeth in an aggressive and murderous trail to the throne. Macbeth’s ambition is his tragic flaw in which he suffers from. After the witches prophecy, Macbeth’s crave for authority led him to kill King Duncan. When Macbeth was crowned King, Macbeth entered dangerous paranoia, frightful that anyone with bloodlines to the throne, was a threat.
As the story progresses, Macbeth goes on this killing spree that includes the deaths of Banquo and Macduff’s family. These deaths were a result of Macbeth’s insecurities that he would lose his power. Macbeth’s actual reign as King of Scotland contradicts what he expected. Therefore, Macbeth’s belief that he would enjoy his time as King of Scotland is ironic because in actuality he was not happy as the
Once Macbeth is king, the audience is able to recognize through monologues and supernatural influences how Macbeth's ambitions and greed cause him to feel anxious about his position as king. As the play goes forward, Macbeth becomes more and more paranoid of someone taking the throne away from him. His greed to keep the throne as long as he lives causes him to believe some are against him and his leadership. In the witches prophecy, Banquo, a nobleman of Scotland, is told that his sons will eventually become king. Macbeth knowing that it is likely this prophecy will also come true sets his sights on making Banquo and his son Fleance his next victims.
He sank into his greedy thoughts more and more as the story progressed, going so far in that there was no way he could have made it out even if he tried, using all of his effort. Macbeth was so desperate to keep the throne that his entire goal was sidetracked, and all he cared about by the end was eliminating anybody that could have had a slight suspicion about the situation surrounding the king’s death and his crowning. There have been many criminal cases in all of history that follow a similar path; greed growing larger and larger until a person resorts to crime. Though greed isn’t considered something good to have, it’s nearly inevitable to avoid, because greed is a part of human nature. If anything can be learned from Shakespeare’s
The witches, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and other characters seem to act one way, whether it be good or evil, but their intentions are usually impure and meant to harm others in order to benefit themselves. Macbeth’s guilt is caused by the foul play the witches involve themselves in. If not for their prophecy, Macbeth would have never known of his fate and would have gained the kingship without involving murder, leading to his guilty conscious. The use of Supernatural elements is added to the plot of the play in order to show readers what led to Macbeth’s downfall, and what contributed to his guilt. His guilt arose from the
His ambition had gone unchecked for a long time and he is willing to get his close friend Banquo killed by in order to maintain the position of king within his own bloodline. Macbeth is so obsessed with his own ambition that he does not take anything else into consideration. Before committing Duncan’s murder, he says “I go, and it is done, the bell invites me. / Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell / That summons thee to heaven, or to hell” (II, i, 69-71). Macbeth does not consider the consequences his actions will have.
He quickly learned about his bright future as the Thane of Cawdor and eventually receiving the title of king. His hunger for power forced him to follow through with regretful things throughout the play and switch to a murderous individual. Macbeth no longer showed loyalty to the King. He started his murder streak with the killing of Duncan. At first, he second guessed the bloody murder of his king.
This has caused Macbeth to become paranoid that the whole house is now aware that he is a murderer. If his actions are exposed, then everything he had done would be for naught and he would suffer great consequences. Even though he knows that the voices could not be real, it arouses much fear for what he has done. This "disorder and moral darkness into which Macbeth [has] plung[ed] himself" (Knights 41) into is still a little unsettling to him. With obvious distress from his own actions, Macbeth isn't able to finish the plan of the murder properly or go back and fix it.
Ellie Perry Mrs. Ugland British Literature 9 January 2017 The Tragedy of Macbeth “Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21) This verse presents a fact about humankind. The world in which humans live has, if nothing else, an inkling of this idea ingrained in society.
Passion can be obtained and perceived in a multitude of ways. In a pursuit of passion, one must be willed strong enough to overcome inferior qualities that invariably accompany the pursuit. As portrayed by Shakespeare in his play Macbeth, the pursuit of passion can bring the most harm to those who belittle their actions to a sense of being harmless. Throughout the play, Macbeth’s ambition to succeed his passion slowly overtakes his morality and presently leads to consequences with dire results. On the pursuit of passion, ambition is bound to be a component.
Heaven’s Guilt and Hell’s Desire People’s views of Heaven and Hell can change their beliefs of Trust and Betrayal. The idea common concepts for people is that: If the person wants to go to Heaven they shouldn’t betray people and should be trustworthy while if they betrays someone they are likely to get thrown in Hell. In Macbeth, most characters try to avoid damnation by remaining trustworthy.
Macbeth is a tragic hero because he got something he didn’t deserve from being greedy, and everyone is greedy at some point in their lives, and eventually there is someone that comes and guides that greedy person in the right way and teaches them how to not be greedy and tells them that they should appreciate what they have already. In this case Macbeth is lead the wrong way by his wife lady Macbeth, and is told to go much further with his greedy and selfish thoughts. He could have done something else that could of made him a better man, something that
Greed is Murder Sometimes people wish they could be a king, or queen. In William Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”, the protagonist had so much pressure on him from others he thought differently and decided to kill King Duncan. Macbeth over time became greedy and dishonorable which led him and Lady Macbeth to their downfall.