This paper aims to present the factors which contributed to their moral degradation and how each person’s madness manifests. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth embodies the image of a perfectly sane man that bravely fights for his country and for his king, the latter for whom he has sworn unconditional loyalty. This gradually changes over the course of the play, as Macbeth throws away his morality and commits countless murders, both in name and in action, one of which being the murder of the very king that he swore his oath to. His descent into madness is triggered by an external force, represented by the three Weird Sisters. By telling him that he is to become Thane of
Evil comes in many different forms; sometimes there is a clear line between good and evil, but there are times where evil can overcome good. The two stories that represents these two forms are Macbeth and Beowulf. In Macbeth, the story starts out with Macbeth who is a loyal servant to King Duncan. His wife convinces Macbeth to kill King Duncan to gain power and become the new king. After hesitating, he murders King Duncan and this starts transforming him into a paranoid person.
Shakespeare believes that ambition, when taken too far leads to our destruction as shown through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth noticed it was too far to turn back, so he continues his murderous, bloody path. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a heroic soldier who fights for the king without mercy but he has strikes for ambition, his curious nature and his wife’s ambition leads 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 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?
The only way for Lady Macbeth fulfill her ambitions is by influencing Macbeth to murder King Duncan and take his throne away. Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth persuasively throughout their conversation: “When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And to be more than what you were, you would / Be so much more than man” (1.7, 50-52). Macbeth shows weakness and cowardly on trying to murder King Duncan. It proves how Lady Macbeth tries to corrupt him by doubting his manhood. It shows how badly Lady Macbeth is trying to persuade him to turn his loyalty away from Kind Duncan.
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.
After he killed Duncan, he heard voices talking about what he did and told Lady Macbeth. He told her what the voices where saying and was starting to lose his mind. For the duration of the play, Macbeth faces some type of internal conflict after he does something, and as the conflicts affect him, it proceeds to corrupt him in every way possible. In The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the author proposes Macbeths internal struggles through paradox, conflict, and fate in order to show how human corruption is prevalent.
Gladiator is a movie that follows the journey of Maximus who chooses the path of a gladiator to avenge his family 's death after the murder of his emperor. Having been mentally distressed by the death of their loved ones, Hamlet and Maximus both undertake a challenging test to avenge the ones they love. First, both Hamlet and Maximus lose leaders they love due to greed for the throne. This is the main cause for Hamlet to get upset and pursue his plan for revenge and what causes Maximus to rebel against the new emperor. These scenes are arguably the most important in their stories and relates them closely together.
Macbeth’s first crime consisted of killing both the king and his guards. Next, he sends murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance. Although the murderers were directly responsible for killing Banquo, Macbeth is the true culprit for his loss of life. Macbeth’s guilt continues to haunt him and even takes the shape of Banquo’s ghost. At a dinner party that Macbeth is hosting, his guilty conscience catches up with him when he begins arguing with Banquo’s ghost.
Macbeth feels threatened by Fleance after the witches told Banquo his prophecy, which was that he will have a line of kings. “Fleance, his son, that keeps him company, / Whose absence is no less material to me / Than is his father’s, must embrace the fate / Of that dark hour” (3.2.134-138). Macbeth wants to kill Fleance as he is a threat to Macbeth’s title. This relates to the theme because Macbeth decides to take action in order for the prophecy to be proven wrong, so he sends the murders out to kill Banquo and Fleance. Macbeth’s disillusionment is present as he gets caught up in the prophecy and does anything just to alter it.
This character’s first scene of the play is him after killing a traitor to King Duncan. This good side of Macbeth eventually deteriorates, however, as he fights for power and kingship by killing not only King Duncan, but many others. He ends up as a much hated king who is eventually killed. The character of Macbeth shifts from a favourable, loyal person to one that is destructive and consumed by power. This idea is analysed by Shakespeare by the way of his power in his marriage, how he involved himself with the witches, and how willing he was to do things.