Macbeth was manipulated into the killings and the people who manipulated him are the witches. The witches told macbeth that he will be king, so he later murdered Duncan to claim the throne for himself. The witches then told Macbeth and Banquo, “Your descendants will be kings, even though you will not be one.”(1.1.51) This made Macbeth feel threatened, which led
Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a play about how greed can demoralize a person. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s minds were corrupted due to their lust for power after hearing the prophecies given to Macbeth by the witches. First or all, Macbeth’s lust for power was apparent when he ordered Banquo and his son’s death. He wanted to ensure his position as king would not be taken, and as the witches stated - Banquo’s sons would be king. The first evidence of Macbeth losing his mind was after he ordered Banquo’s death.
From hearing a prophecy to committing murder, Macbeth develops a different character throughout the play. That could say Macbeth let a few words from the ‘witches’ puppet him. He was not the only one who was controlled; Lady Macbeth let Duncan’s death take over her, and drive her to insanity. To lose sleep, and going crazy, Lady Macbeth let her guilt eat her alive little by little. From a happy marriage to the Macbeths' no longer having love in their relationship and only having fear, guilt and hunger for power.
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.
In play Macbeth, Shakespeare reveals that an individual’s great desire for power will lead him/her to perform consequential deeds that will scar his/her conscience and change the outcome of his/her life eternally. Macbeth is informed by three witches that he is going to become king and this initiates Macbeth’s thought of becoming powerful. Macbeth doesn’t act on his thoughts until he tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, that he could become king. Lady Macbeth is extremely power hungry and does all she can to convince Macbeth to be just as desirable as her. Together, they come up with a plan to murder King Duncan, so that Macbeth can become king like the witches foretold.
From practically the start of the play, MacBeth is becoming corrupt when the weird sisters say he shall be “Thane of Glamis,” (1.1) which he already is, and “Thane of Cawdor,” (1.1) which a messenger is on the way to tell him he is, “Thou shalt be KIng” (1.1) which is very suprised at and he starts to become blinded to his loyalty to the KIng, Duncan. After he kills Duncan, he starts to descend into madness. He has his friend, Banquo, killed because he fears that he will challenge his power. After which he sees his ghost at the dinner celebration that night.
She determines he is not by stating, “yet do I fear thy nature/ It is too full o’th milk of human kindness/ To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great.” Lady Macbeth know she is more ruthless and decides she must manipulate and convince her husband to murder the king expressing the power she has over Macbeth. Later, Lady Macbeth utilizes manipulation when her husband becomes hesitant to commit the horrible murder when she states, “Art thou afeard/To be the same in thine own act and valour/As thou art in desire?”, questioning Macbeth’s manhood. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth continues to question his bravery and manhood which puts physical and mental constraints on
This terrible chain of events may not have come about if there were never any masculine or feminine expectations for these characters to fulfil. Of all the potential causes or suspects of Macbeth’s tragedies, gender stereotypes are internal and inescapable and no matter what the characters do they can't avoid the expectations society sets for them, which is why this particular cause of the tragedies is considered the worst and most to
However it was the witches’ prophecies that fuelled Macbeth’s ambition and led him to kill Duncan not because they were evil. Shakespeare allows us to witness the corruption of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth through a range of linguistic and dramatic devices. Nearer the end of the play Macbeth demonstrates that he has no conscience however lady
THIRD WITCH All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter! (i.iii.51-53) Macbeth the once brave and kind thane evolved after his motives of gaining power clouded his judgment. Once Macbeth the antagonist commits an act of evil, in this case killing King Duncan for to fulfill the witches prophecy to become king. Leads to various incidents including deceit and hypocrisy. This showcases that unnatural deeds leads to unnatural events, which is a pivoting moment for Macbeth as it is unnatural for him to be king.