At the beginning of the play Shakespeare describes Macbeth as a hero. But however, his ambition overcame his good nature when the three witches professed Macbeth a prophecy and it caused Macbeth to believe everything they said. When they told him he would one day be king of Scotland, he decided to take the bloody path, which gradually led him to more power. Macbeth’s power and ambition unfortunately
The three witches are trying to allow Macbeth plummet in troubles, however Lady Macbeth tries to save her husband, Macbeth. While the witches are having the nefarious actions to influence Macbeth’s behavior, Lady Macbeth is innocent and Lady Macbeth is helping Macbeth. The witches are the ones that influenced Macbeth to consider that Macbeth should design the harmful plans, so Macbeth could achieve his desires and be the next king. Meanwhile Lady Macbeth helped Macbeth to create the plans, so Macbeth would not fail, and their life would not be collapsed. If the witches did not instruct that Macbeth will be the king, then there would not be any intentions in Macbeth’s head.
Macbeth is manipulated by other characters in the play by falling for their ‘mind games’. Shortly after Lady Macbeth received Macbeth’s note, she has an urge to kill Duncan. She results in playing mind games with Macbeth in order to persuade him to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth first flatters him and calls him the “Thane of Cawdor” which excites Macbeth. When Macbeth becomes hesitant about killing Duncan, she questions his manhood: “What beast was’t then, that made you break this enterprise to me?
Conclusion Sentence: With the evidence stated above, it is clear that Macbeth only cares about his ambitions and does whatever it takes to get to the top. This makes him not a tragic hero because in no way was he ever a hero, all he saw was power and one way to get to it. Transition: while Macbeth was blinded by his ambitions and lost all power in himself when he realize the witch mislead him and he was defeated. This leads to the conclusion that Concluding Paragraph: Restate thesis: Macbeth is not a tragic hero because although Macbeth knows what he is doing is wrong, he continues doing it resulting in him easily getting influenced by people around him, giving into his tragic flaw: ambition which lead into a series of crime, and losing all the power he gained. claim1: Believes he is a great leader and gives into his tragic flaw: ambition.
He feared this more than anything else, what would happen after the murder. However it took him until this point to realize all he had sacrificed for a “fruitless crown” (66)that the witches gave him. For Macbeth, there seems no way out, no way to install his sons as the future kings. Not only is Banqo a talented tactician, he is also backed by a prophecy coming from witches who see the future. How can Macbeth escape a man who does not get himself in trouble and the verdict of a prophecy?
In Act 1, scene 7, Lady Macbeth was trying to engage Macbeth ‘ to be a man’ and then to kill Duncan get the throne, Macbeth was hesitant however he said ‘I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none. ’ This demonstrates that Macbeth were obsessed with the power and to trust the weird witches, the fate. The line ‘If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir. ’Shows that he think he should be the King, it’s destiny. In the history, Jacobean era was a superstitious time and also spit regicide.
The theme of power heavily proved superior against other themes in the story as it influenced the protagonist’s morals and actions. In “Macbeth” by Shakespeare, there were three cases where Macbeth is driven to do something questionable by his lust for authority. After being given his three prophecies, his lust grows exponentially and he pushes himself to act heedlessly on it. His first act of rashness was when he thinks about killing the king to become one. Next, he was unhappy with where his fate led him once more, thus he tries to tamper with fate and lastly, Macbeth stupidly goes to the witches’ cave to seek guidance to protect his reign despite it being dangerous and unreliable.
Macbeth became a favorite to Duncan and wanted to please him. After his encounter with the witches, though his thoughts began to change. After hearing “All hail, Macbeth,/ thou shalt be king hereafter!,” (1.3.50) from the witches, he is ready for his prophecies to become true. When Duncan announces that Macbeth is now the Thane of Cawdor, Banquo attempts to warn him to not over analyze the witches’ prophecy. He tries to tell them that they are trying to trick him by only telling him little parts of the truth.
The witches manipulate Macbeth, telling him half of the truth in the prophecies, especially in the third prophecy involving Macbeth becoming king. Without Macbeth realizing the minor fault in these prophecies, he starts to gradually become more ambitious and more determined to kill Duncan in order to become king quickly as possible. The witches advance the plot again later in the play when Macbeth demands answer of his fate. They show Macbeth three more prophecies spoken by apparition; a head wearing a battle helmet, a blood-covered child, and a child wearing a crown and carrying a tree. The witches show Macbeth the three apparitions who tell him, Beware Macduff; / Beware the thane of Fife… Be bloody, bold and resolute; laugh to scorn
When they first meet he exclaims “Speak if you can: what are you?” (I.iii.49). This solidifies the witches as supernatural and not a common occurrence in the realm of the play. This again is a trait of a Tragic Hero making Macbeth a prime example. The witches do not only tell Macbeth of the ideas, they also influence him in his decision. Macbeth returns to the witches to see if his fortune has changed but when he arrives the witches create apparitions, one of which tells Macbeth “None of woman born shall harm Macbeth” (IV.i.86-87).
Now this is normally where the tragic hero realizes the error of his ways and tries to change. That or someone shakes some sense into him and tell him what he has been doing is wrong. But that is not the case with Macbeth he keep on doing things his way and keeps making bad decisions. The way it is going right now in the story it looks like it can only get worse and it does. The next major thing Macbeth does is hire those same three murderers to kill Macduff, because the witches said that Macduff is someone Macbeth should be afraid of.
It is true that Lady Macbeth and the three witches were partially responsible for his downfall; however, Macbeth’s selfish desires are what cloud his thoughts in the first place. Macbeth’s life and destiny is really in his own hands. Though fate plays a significant part in the play shown from the witches prediction on Macbeth 's rise to Thane of Cawdor, it is his own wicked thoughts with the influence of Lady Macbeth that leads him to kill the king, and that decision is what ultimately lead to his downfall. Although the witches mention to Macbeth that it is his fate to take the throne, Macbeth is the one to make it occur. Thus, his fate was in his own hands, just like it is in everyone else’s as
Macbeth seems, by all accounts, to be staggered to hush. At the point when Banquo asks of his own fortunes the witches react incomprehensibly saying that he will be not as much as Macbeth, yet more joyful, less fruitful, yet more. He will father a line of lords, however he himself won 't be one. While the two men wonder at these declarations the witches vanish and another thane, Ross arrives and educates Macbeth of his recently gave title, Thane of Cawdor, as the past Thane of Cawdor should be killed for injustice. The principal prediction is in this manner satisfied and Macbeth already incredulous instantly starts to harbor desire of getting to be above all
The witches clearly entice him with power and even antagonize him so they may bend him to their will; other supernatural forces even lull him into a false sense security with the twisted words of their prophecy. Despite the fact that Lady Macbeth plays a large role in influencing his actions, these facts clearly show that the supernatural almost entirely controls Macbeth. It is quite apparent that the three witches are the first to even suggest that Macbeth might gain King Duncan’s throne. Without their words to Macbeth in the first act of the play, it is likely that the idea of seizing power never would have occurred to him. Before his encounter Macbeth is regarded as a hero: “But all’s too weak; For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)” (Shakespeare 1.2 15-16).