In the beginning of the play, Macbeth says “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o 'erleaps itself and falls on th’ other.” (Act I, scene vii, ln. 25-28) In other words, Macbeth admits that he has no righteous reason to kill Duncan because the king is near perfect. However, Macbeth’s ambition is to have the power which Duncan possesses. Another quote that allows the reader to see the ambition of the cast is after Lady Macbeth reads the letter from her husband that tells of the witches’ prophesy and the messenger tells of Duncan’s coming. Lady Macbeth says, “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty!
What drives apparently good men to become ruthless, ambitious, jealous and greedy? We see an example of this in the play “Macbeth” performed at Pop Up Globe, directed by Tom Mallaburn, was written originally by the well-known author, William Shakespeare. Macbeth is based upon a big tragedy, where the two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, inevitably were forced to do evil things due to their ambition; taste the sweetness of victory and then downfall again. Although the play was written by an English author, Shakespeare smartly sets his story based upon the idea of ambition, a concept that relates to all of us, no matter where we are from. We have to admit that in our minds, the concept of power and ambition is linked to men.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely”, this an excellent example of the drama by William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth. When we meet Macbeth at the beginning of the play, he is labeled as “brave Macbeth”, a man who is recognized for his honor, bravery and heroics on the battlefield, and kindness and love away from it, but these qualities fade as the play develops. The motor that drives the tragedy of Macbeth is ambition, throughout the whole play, ambition is what holds the most overwhelming power to influence the actions of others. The murder of King Duncan was influenced most by Macbeth’s ambition and hunger, at the cost of his morality. An encounter with the three witches and the suspicion that Macbeth “shalt be king hereafter”, triggers his ambition for power – with dangerous consequences.
However, his ambitions take him nowhere. It is true that his ambitions do not drive him a big distance. In committing the murder of Duncan, other factors including Lady Macbeth, the witches and Macbeth’s own ambitions each influence Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is the most influential factor of Macbeth’s murder of Duncan, followed by the witches and Macbeth’s ambitions. This is so because Macbeth’s ambitions only give him the idea of becoming king, while the witches’ prophecies let Macbeth know that there is a large probability for him to become king.
The reader sees that the characters personality, actions, and diction justify the significant theme good vs. evil. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth displayed traits of evil and corruption by wanting power and wanting to get rid of King Duncan and others that were a threat. In contrast, Macduff showed readers that he wanted what was best for his country and refused to let Macbeth destroy his homeland. After reading The Tragedy of Macbeth, one can see that everyone is not what they seem because even the “brightest angel fell from
Macbeth is also a power hungry man who would do just about anything to achieve his goal of becoming King. When Macbeth first hears the prophecies from the three witches he instantly became invested with the journey to become king. Similar to Lady Macbeth, nothing was going to come between him and his potential power, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man. That function is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is but what is not” (1.3.52-55). This quote exemplifies how Macbeth’s initial solution to becoming king was murder.
This essay will analyze the character; Macduff of “The Tragedy of Macbeth” by William Shakespeare. His traits, role in the story, and the conflicts he experienced. Like in many of Shakespeare’s plays, there is always a hero that overcomes evil supernatural forces. Macduff is this essential character in this play. In William Shakespeare 's play Macbeth, Macduff takes his loyalty to his country to the extreme, is brave and unforgiving and is the hero we all root for in the end.
A hero is defined as a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. While this is what the book definition depicts a hero as, we all have a personal opinion or definition of what we believe one is. To many, a hero is the person who fixes a difficult situation. To others, it is a well respected adult or peer. In my opinion, a hero is a respectful person will three important traits, that is an all around good person, and that will always help you when necessary.
Brutus is the true tragic hero as he evoked a great deal of emotion in the audience through an extremely impactful peripeteia, a wide extent of suffering, and a significant anagnorisis. A tragic hero must have the qualities of a noble character in order to win the hearts
By reducing him to nothing but his manhood, Lady Macbeth causes her husband to feel as though he must prove himself to be a man once again. Secondly, the use of her lower status as a woman is especially relevant when she is able to lead any forthcoming suspicions away from Macbeth, because no man would ever believe a woman capable of such diabolical nature. This is especially evident when Macbeth goes off on a tangent and admits to killing the guards. Sensing that her husband is acting loquaciously, as he reveals information that could potentially lead to suspicion thrown upon them Lady Macbeth professes that her delicate female sensibilities are affected. Immediately Macduff says “Look to the lady”(II.iii.115).