After being responsible for the deaths of two people, Duncan and Banquo, Macbeth is in a state where he feels the need to keep murdering people that could possibly get in his way of becoming king. Macbeth exclaims his internal battle when planning for the death of Macduff: “I am in blood, Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,” (3.4 141-143). When Macbeth says this he is expressing that he feels so far into this game of murder, and Shakespeare dramatically describes this as Macbeth figuratively, being in blood. Macbeth believes that he has “waded” so far into this blood that it would not make sense for him to stop, but to keep murdering anyone that could prevent him from becoming king. Macbeth and his men are not successful in killing Macduff, but do kill Macduff’s wife and son.
In act two, it appears as if the witches aren 't present; however, the contrary is true. The witches played a large role in act two by influencing Macbeth 's hallucinations. In Act two Scene two, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth kill duncan, the current king, in order for Macbeth to be crowned king. After Macbeth destroys the illusion of becoming king and makes the power a reality, he begins to hear voices crying out warning people not to sleep, or else Macbeth will murder them. These voices are obviously not real because the only two characters that know about the murder are both the Macbeths; therefore, they must be the witches playing mind games with Macbeth trying to rattle him due to the fact that he just messed with fate, and the order of
Banquo’s suspicion evidently leads to his death as Macbeth has him murdered before the banquet. He is also killed for the reason that the prophecy of the witches made it clear that Banquo’s children would be future kings. “But that myself should be the root and father of many kings”(act 3, scene 1, pg 1). Many suspect the king Macbeth but do not dare open their mouths out of fear that them to would be killed. The power the witches predicted Macbeth would have came true and as fate would have it Macbeth’s power grew and so did his influence across the nation so much so that England had started to keep an eye on him and this would lead to his eventual
The theme of the play's tragedy and ambition. It soon causes a slow downfall of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, which later leads to various deaths throughout the play. By Macbeth being the one to murder King Duncan, this led to a chain reaction of murders to cover up his wrong doings so he wouldn’t get caught and to obtain the throne
First is the prophecy that the three witches proclaim to him and Banquo in the forest. This occasion is what starts the entire debate of possessing power or not through violence. Next is Lady Macbeth for the reason that she is thinking of the benefits being the queen will have. Lastly, Macbeth’s own ambition of gaining power and seeking the love he does not wish to be lost from his wife compels him to accomplish the cowardly act of murdering King Duncan while he is asleep. So far, Shakespeare wanted the audience to not necessarily villainize Macbeth, but see him in a bad
Macbeth’s flaw, is his power seeking, ambitious nature, and it leads to his and many other’s downfall. Macbeth’s ambition is what drives him to go through with the murder of Duncan, and later to murder Banquo, both of these murders ultimately lead to Macbeth’s death. Macbeth’s ambition, his desire to be king, was the reason that Duncan was murdered, “’Gainst nature still: Thriftless ambition, that wilt ravin up, thine own life’s means! Then ’tis most like that the sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.” (Shakespeare Act II, Scene IV). Ross, here says that ambition is the reason Malcolm murdered Duncan, and that has as a result Macbeth will become king.
Third of all, visions played a significant role in predicting the subsequent events and concentrating on the scene. The dagger, for example was considered to be a fatal vision. That was because it foreshadowed the death of Duncan, his servants, and Macbeth, as well. The visions helped creating a new atmosphere, which made the audience capable of predicting the death fate of each character in the play. Finally, apparitions appeared at the end of the play and they helped in raising the curiosity of the audience.
Shakespeare reveals how easily swayed the human mind can be by temptation. Both good and evil can be found in every human being, but not always in proportion. The comparison of Macbeth’s reaction to his prophecy and Banquo’s shows that not all have the same balance of morals. The prophecies used in this play lead to the breakdown of the once loyal, heroic Macbeth and his violent death. Did Macbeth set himself up for failure or was cruel death his fate all
They are merely a poignant external symbol of the ambition that is already within Macbeth”. Witches played a big role in Macbeth. It helped out the plot and the overall greatness of the play. In England during the 15th and 16th century, the belief in witches affected the lives of countless people and influenced playwrights such as William Shakespeare. Even though in the early parts of civilization witches were considered to be real people, witches are now used as symbols of evil.
Shakespeare's Macbeth is a brilliant example of consequence, and how it can change us and the people around us. In the play, Macbeth does a lot of terrible deeds, and the consequences of those deeds that lead to his demise. Macbeth murders all those near to him in order to become king, but his actions cause others to become suspicious and untrusting of him, leading them to betray him and revolt against their new ruler. Consequences are a prevailing theme throughout the play, nearly every important event can be strung back to another. The witches tell Macbeth about his fate, which prompts him to tell Lady Macbeth, leading to the plot to murder Duncan.