Macbeth begins to employ treachery in order to achieve his goals and use tyranny to subdue anyone who opposes him including his wife. His treachery is most visible in the play when Macbeth betrays and kills both Duncan and Banquo as well as Macduff’s family. Macbeth says this before deciding to kill Duncan, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother'd in surmise.” (I. iii. 139-141) After steeling himself for the murder of Duncan, Macbeth says, “I am settled, and bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat. away, and mock the time with fairest show: false face must hide what the false heart doth know.” (i. vii.
Although Macbeth’s conscious is in this state, it becomes overridden by his ambition for power. Even while knowing killing someone is sinful, he still murders his beloved king and friend, Duncan. Without Lady Macbeth pressuring him the way she did, Macbeth will not gain the ambition and immense strive for power he does
His conscience still guilty from the murder he had committed. This feeling of guilt showing that Macbeth still had morals, as he did truly doubt the murder plan and had begun to have second thoughts on it. But even though he still felt guilt his power hungry ambition for absolute power was greater. He had even turned against his loyal partner, Banquo, as he was predicted to be the father of a long line of kings. Macbeth growing fear of losing power took over him and he sent murderers to kill Banquo and his son.
In the play Macbeth, Macbeth’s fate is what drives him to his decisions for both power and greed. This is portrayed when Macbeth when he kills Banquo and his son because his greed sees them as a threat to his throne, killing the king for power above all mortals, and his fate ultimately leading to his death and freeing time. Macbeth has done countless sins in order to keep his rightful position as king, though his greed for power has led to him killing his best friend Banquo because the witches have predicted that Banquo’s descendants will be king. “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.” (I,iii,68) this quote that the witches say is their prediction that Macbeth will be king but Banquo’s descendants will be granted King after Macbeth. This leads Macbeth to hire henchmen in order to take out Banquo and his son in order to keep his power above all.
In conclusion, the idea that Macbeth is a work in which human feelings mix with enigma and mystery should be highlighted. The struggle between good and evil plays a very significant role in the success of Macbeth. In this case, the good would be Macbeth’s thoughts towards the murder of King Duncan, before when he thought as a loyal soldier would. The evil won and he became ambitious and oblivious to his actions just to end up dead, killed by Macduff as revenge for his family. The blood on every page of the play shows the guilt of Macbeth and how it drove him to the end, just for his
The theme that power corrupts expresses its way through Macbeth is when: Macbeth’s wife plans all of the killings in order to possess power, and also when Macbeth becomes a complete murderer in order to maintain his power and titles. The theme of power corrupts develops over the course of the play in Macbeth’s life. Macbeth starts off as a kind, noble man—who is too “kind” for his wife, Lady Macbeth. His first title is Thane of Cawdor, and he does not let this title
All three of these characters are brave, loyal, and want to seek the truth about what happened to King Duncan. As the play further progresses, Banquo, Macbeth’s companion and friend is told by the witches that “Thou wilt get kings, though thou be none.” Another reason that Macbeth kills Banquo is because Banquo was with him when the witches gave the prophecy that Macbeth would become King, and he is afraid that Banquo suspects him and is secretly plotting against him. In addition, Macbeth is afraid that Banquo’s son, Fleance, will take the throne from Macbeth. In this example, we can see that Macbeth will stop at nothing to retain control. Perhaps even more gruesome and revolting is when Macbeth becomes furious with Macduff’s treason and says, “I’ll put a sword to his wife, children and all unfortunate souls who might follow him.” Macbeth is so delusional to keep his power that he is willing to kill an innocent family to preserve his throne.
Macbeth’s unnecessary evil and abuse of power by William Shakespeare, to what control does Macbeth have over his actions? His wife Lady Macbeth has influenced Macbeth throughout the book, He continues to murder because of his wife’s actions and her feel for power. Macbeth has little control of his actions, love is a powerful thing and makes people do foolish things and Macbeth “pursuing to murder those people because of what his wife” is a perfect example of that. Lady Macbeth has been an influential character throughout the story portraying the manipulation of Macbeth. Macbeth was a great hero loved by most and hated by some but he was a fearless man who would keep to his word and would die in the name of honor and integrity.
All hail ... thane of Glamis! ...thane of Cawdor! ... that shall be king hereafter! "(1.3.49-51) The salutations of the weird sisters toward him do only predict the future of Macbeth , the witches neither force nor suggest Macbeth that he should murder Duncan . He thought to kill Duncan himself even though at the beginning he was insecure, later it vanishes by his wife 's manipulations who knew well her husband 's thoughts.
The main reason for Macbeth’s fall from grace was caused by himself. He became extremely greedy and self-indulgent when the witches revealed their prophecies to him. He once was a noble and respectful man, but when he was introduced to the evil witches he instantly became a whole new person and forgot how much of a respected person he was. He began to murder anyone who was doubtful or a threat to him. His judgement was completely impaired by the fascination of being king.
This is shown most clearly when, although he is truly despaired about Duncan 's death he was the only one who questions Macbeth 's actions on murdering the guards “Wherefore did you so?”(2, 3, Line 895) Here after Macbeth mentions to have murdered the guards responsible for Duncan, Macduff is the only one to question him for his actions. This is the first act of suspicion he has that it has been Macbeth’s deeds. This could also be an indicator of his determination to kill Macbeth later in the play, to get justice for his king. Not only is he skeptical of Macbeth’s motives in the beginning but also he is extremely honest and brave to speak up about his thoughts, which makes him a very likeable character and almost acts as the voice of the audience when he questions and kills Macbeth. Macduff is the most likeable character in this play because he has all the traits of a charismatic character such as, loyalty and honesty, which are also the opposite characteristics of