In Macbeth, Shakespeare explores the theme of moral decay produced by the temptation of power. When Macbeth hears the witches’ prophecy (1.3.45) he does not understand how he can become King of Scotland; the only way to attain the crown would be through committing the grave and unjustifiable sin of regicide. Despite this, Macbeth ignores his conscience (1.7.80) and when presented with the opportunity, aided by Lady Macbeth, he murders Duncan (2.1.62). Although he immediately regrets his actions and is filled with compunction (2.2.55, 2.2.63-65), Macbeth decides that there is no going back and “things bad begun make themselves strong by ill.” (3.2.55) Macbeth’s allows his inherent lust for power to completely outweigh his moral conscience.
The Tragedy of Macbeth details the downfall of the tragic hero, Macbeth, and is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous works of tragedy. Macbeth’s bloody murders and eventual descent into complete madness serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of uncontrolled ambitions in humanity. Macbeth may not be held responsible for the death of Duncan and Macduff’s family, but he should be for that of Banquo’s. It is definitely arguable that Macbeth is the cause behind the death of Duncan, Banquo and Macduff’s family; however, the influence of others and his mental instability greatly reshaped his persona, as such, Macbeth cannot always be held responsible for his actions.
Macbeth is confused as he is arguing with himself on what he should do. He states reasons not to kill Duncan, because Macbeth is his noble kinsmen and the act would bring dishonor. However, he also states reason why he should kill him, because Macbeth will then become king and fulfill the witches ' fortune. Lady Macbeth, who appears in the beginning as the driving force for the murder of King Duncan, also develops internal conflict. At first, Lady Macbeth seems to be a woman of extreme confidence and will. But, as situations become more and more unstable in the play, guilt develops inside her. For instance, she exclaims; "Wash your hands. Put on your nightgown. / Look not so pale. I tell you again, Banquo 's / Burried; he cannot come out on 's grave" (Shakespeare V, ii, 65-67). Lady Macbeth sleepwalks and frets about her evil wrongdoings because she is extremely guilty of her influence on Macbeth to commit the murder. Lady Macbeth reacts emotionally and dwells on her actions as guilt eats at her soul.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth portrays evil as a perversion of human nature through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s betrayal of Duncan and the repercussions of their actions. Murdering Duncan is not the best way for Macbeth to gain the power promised to him, he and his wife fall into a downward spiral that ends in death.
When Shakespeare wrote his play, Macbeth in 1606 a large majority of people were interested in witchcraft. This is why Shakespeare made the witches and the witches’ prophecies play a major part in the storyline of the play. In the time of Macbeth witches were not thought to be supernatural beings themselves, but supposedly gained their powers by selling their souls to Satan. There can be little doubt that most of Shakespeare’s audience would have believed in witches, and for the purpose of the play, at least, Shakespeare also accepted their reality.
William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a tragedy in which the main characters are obsessed by the desire for power. Macbeth’s aspiration for power blinds him to the ethical implications of his dreadful acts. The more that Shakespeare’s Macbeth represses his murderous feelings, the more he is haunted by them. By analyzing his hallucinations it is possible to trace his deteriorating mental state and the trajectory of his ultimate fall. Throughout the play Macbeth is never satisfied with himself. He feels the need to keep committing crime in order to keep what he wants most: his kingship. The harder Macbeth tries to change his fate the more he tends to run into his fate. His ambition and struggle for power was Macbeth’s tragic flaw in the play.
A character’s tragic downfall is often influenced by other characters, but this is not the case in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. Macbeth conforms to the conditions of a tragic hero because in the beginning of the play, Macbeth is an honourable and trustworthy nobleman to King Duncan and all of Scotland. However, throughout the play, Macbeth commits evil deeds such betrayal, treason, and murder solely because of his ambitions to remain in power. Macbeth murders others upon hearing the witches’ prophecies and even proceeds to return to them to remain in power. Macbeth is influenced and manipulated by his wife Lady Macbeth and The Witches, but he is ultimately responsible for his own tragic downfall. Macbeth’s tragic downfall is caused by his ‘vaulting ambition’ to become king. Thus, Macbeth has no one but his ruthless, cruel, and greedy self to blame for his own tragic downfall.
Shakespeare's play Macbeth shows the roots of all evil, our own human nature. The play is centered on the coexistence of good and evil. Macbeth, unlike any other Shakespeare play has the protagonist convert to evil. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is shown as a hero in the Scottish army, that is ironic because Macbeth defeats a traitor and he himself becomes one later. Macbeth knows his place in the world. He is fully capable of distinguishing between right and wrong. Macbeth purposely disregards his own moral judgment to rise to power which is again ironic and goes against his own beliefs. Macbeth stands as a symbol for Satan's sin of ambition. Like Satan, Macbeth's thirst for power and ambition drives him to commit evil.Contrary to
Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth demonstrates what can happen when one pursues power at the expense of everything else. The main character, Macbeth begins the play as a strong character that is greatly admired, however as the play progresses, Macbeth's personality and actions become more and more deceitful. Macbeth’s deceit eventually leads to his destruction.
Macbeth fears Banquo and is threatened by his being because of the witches prophecy that although Banquo will not be king, but his sons will we king. (Act 3, Scene 1, Lines 47-56). Macbeth is fearful and is becoming convincing just like his wife when he convinced the murders that Banquo has committed a crime and should be punished by death along with his son Fleance. In scene 2 both Macbeth and his wife are uneasy at the murder which began to affect their relationship causing them to become distant towards one another. After the Murders find Banquo and kill him Fleance escapes which suggest that Macbeth’s luck has ran out and the prophecy that Banquo’s sons will become king might come true. In scene 4 at the party that Banquo is not attending Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost which is a representation of Macbeth’s fear and guilty. He begins talking to himself which unsettles those around him, Lady Macbeth remains calm, but becomes angry with her husband. She supports him by lying and saying this is normal for him but in private she bullies him into being strong not weak. In (Act 3, Scene 4, Lines 135-140) the speech Macbeth gives it reveals a change in Macbeth attitude from how he has felt in the past about it deeds he realizes he has done horrible things, this causes him to feel trap because he knows he is in to deep. In (Scene
Macbeth is the lead of the play starts of as a hero but is corrupted by the abuse of power and morphed into the villain. He starts off as the play coming back to war, after he successfully helped the country of Scotland, but shortly tempted by glory and kills King Duncan. While Macbeth is a criminal and continues to resolve his issues with violence, his conscious guilt is clear through out the play make him a realistic character. Much of the reason why Macbeth goes forth with the Murder of King Duncan is the influence of Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth uses seduction, and force to pursued Macbeth into the murder. While she her lust for power is one of the driving forces to the plot in the beginning, her view on power flips and she becomes more passive to the violence as the guilt of the murders seep into her mind. Her ruthless behavior morphed into a deep madness. Additionally, the three witches provide a supernatural eeriness so Macbeth’s temptations seem devilish. The characters in Macbeth are wonderfully complex making them interesting.
In Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ Macbeth is portrayed as a loyal, heroic and courageous warrior of Scotland. Macbeth is responsible for his downfall, despite several influences from the Three Witches and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth destroys himself by his own selfish and vicious ambitions as well as his inability to protest against his wife. Later in the play, Macbeth becomes the King of Scotland who is prepared to murder anyone who he believes is a threat towards himself and the kingdom. Macbeth is the one who ordered for Banquo to be murdered, the one who killed King Duncan and he, Macbeth, ordered for MacDuff’s family to be murdered; this shows how throughout the play Macbeth became power hungry and therefore is responsible for his own downfall.
The play Macbeth, centers around the main character, Macbeth, a courageous man who fights loyally for King Duncan, but whose attitude and loyalty starts to change, after a prophecy by the three witches, that promise him the crown. Macbeth begins to puts his needs first and becomes obsessed with power. In this selfish state of mind, where all he can focus on is his own thoughts and desires, he begins killing people. Towards the end of the play one can't help but feel disgust for Macbeth, due to his self-absorbed ways and murderous deeds.
Macbeth, a character in the Shakespearean tragedy, gives the impression of having experienced many changes and development in personality throughout the tragic play. Preceding the murder of King Duncan, Macbeth is seen as a loved Scottish general and a respected gentleman to the King. However, the first of the witches' prophecies brings out his hidden ambitious nature. Pushed by the idea that he will be king, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes hold of the throne for his greedy self. His less humane self is unfolded as the events of the play evolve. His growing ambition and his misplaced confidence in the prophecies and in Lady Macbeth, liberates the evil that was always within him and became a murderous tyrant.
In William Shakespeare’s timeless classic “Macbeth” he tells a story of a man corrupted by ambition and greed and how it destroys him and those he loves. The main character Macbeth changes throughout the play leading up to his death in the final act. Macbeth’s character transforms from a honorable and humble man to an insane, lustful for power, and cut-throat tyrant.