Macbeth, a play Shakespeare wrote late into his career is one that describes the tyrannical portrayal of Scottish commander Macbeth as well as his nearly infinite greed and lust for power, his final days, and the reign of justice in the end. One particular scene that stood out during the play is Scene Four of Act Three, the celebration that Macbeth and the Lords hold in honor of Macbeth’s new throne of power. While both Roman Polanski’s and Rupert Goold’s variations of the famous play portray this scene, it can be spoken, and quite explicitly that is, that Goold has created an excellent display of the beginning of Macbeth’s spiral into insanity and self-delusion.
Power is so irresistible, people will do anything for it. “Look like th’ innocent flower But be the serpent under ‘t”(1.5). In this quote, Lady Macbeth is taking to Macbeth about the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth throughout the book seems to be Macbeth’s conscious. Even though he seems to come to his own conclusion, it is still
Macbeth written by William Shakespeare is a tragedy about a man who believes the prophecy that was told to him by three witches saying he will become the Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. In addition, Macbeth encountered many obstacles before reaching his goal which is becoming the king of Scotland. Lady Macbeth questions whether he is a man because he hesitates to kill innocent people that are in his way. Moreover, the witches gained nothing from telling Macbeth the prophecy that made him end up being killed in the end. Unfortunately, this reminder of his guilt does not prevent him from continuing acts.
Also, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are both strong conveyors of deceit. From the onset on the play, Macbeth is characterized as strong and loyal to his king and country. However, once the witches’ prophecy is planted in his head, his thirst for King is so intense that it cannot be quenched and slowly his admirable traits are erased. When Macbeth is preparing for the King’s arrival at his house, he starts to question his murderous thoughts. He states that the King will be here in “double trust” , for Macbeth will be his hostess and will also be acting as a subject of the state. How can he possibly do such a grim task? The answer is Lady Macbeth. She lusts after becoming Queen and living a life of fantasy and does everything in her power to persuade her husband to kill the King. She questions his courage, she feeds his ego and she emasculates poor Macbeth all in an effort to get what she wants disguised as what is best for him. When he agrees, she tells him to “look like th’innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t” in order to commit this regicide. Lady Macbeth, such a beautiful woman, is actually a cunning, strategic and determined lady – so determined that she’s willing to risk everything and make her husband lie to the king and betray him. It’s funny how things are not always what they appear to be.
Macbeth is the main character in this Play, he is at the beginning a guy who seems emotionless and cold. He wants to be king and to have the ultimate power, he wants his wife to be happy and proud of him.To achieve all his goals he tries everything to become a friend of the king, duncan, and is really nice to him even thought he just has the ultimate power in his mind. After a while Macbeth is getting tired of always being nice and faking everything so his wife is trying to persuade him to keep doing everything to be king. Macbeth is getting help from three witches who set them all the thoughts about being king in his mind, with his wife many people want to convince him to kill duncan, so Macbeth is under a lot of pressure. At the end of the play when macbeth killed duncan and reached his goal to be king,he is really confident and full of himself what makes him think he can get anything and win everything, but when he fights against Mcduff his head got cut off and he dies.
An example of this is when Lady Macbeth is convincing Macbeth to kill the king she says, “Your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent flower,/But be the serpent under ‘t”(Shakespeare I. vi. 76-78). Lady Macbeth finds the letter that Macbeth wrote and is telling him the plan to kill the king. Even though Duncan has been betrayed before, he is about to be betrayed again, Macbeth had these thoughts put in his head by the witches but was hesitant on acting upon them. This was until Lady Macbeth forced him into her plan of becoming the most powerful people in Scotland. Lady Macbeth told him to be deceiving, and since he already had the trust of the king he just needed to commit the crime. The symbolism is talking about the deceiving nature that Macbeth needs to kill the king so that no one would suspect him. We can infer that he used this tactic to defer the claim that he was the killer of the king. Lady Macbeth is one of the main contributors to the loss of innocence in the play. She causes Macbeth to think about what the witches have said and pursue the temptation of the thirst for power. Another example of Lady Macbeth causing loss of innocence is when Macbeth is hallucinating about Banquo’s death and begins to see his ghost, Lady Macbeth covers for him saying, “I pray you, speak not. He grows worse and worse”(Shakespeare III. iv. 144).Lady Macbeth does not want the people to see her husband’s decline into insanity due to the guilt eating his innocence away. Lady Macbeth caused Macbeth to go on a killing spree and to fully believe everything that the witches said was true. Lady Macbeth is using this opportunity to take control of her husband's life once again, she uses this to protect her power and leadership over the kingdom. She does not want anyone to second guess
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a selfish Scottish thane becomes over-ambitious and commits several murders in order to gain and stay in power. After the murders, Macbeth evades suspicion by hiding his guilt and intentions, therefore deceiving others into thinking that he is innocent. Other characters including Lady Macbeth, the witches and the Scottish thanes also use their appearances to hide the truth and deceive others. With these examples, Shakespeare shows that appearances can be deceiving.
William Shakespeare`s Macbeth tells audience a play of murders and sleepless nights. Macbeth is the thane of Glamis and a mighty general of Scotland. Macbeth is predicted to be the king of Scotland. However, the King of Scotland,King Duncan, is alive and is a good king to not to be murder by his people. Macbeth kills King Duncan and he becomes king with the fear of everyone killing him. Therefore, he kills anyone that is suspect to kill him. Macbeth becomes progressively more evil as the play continues.
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.
With attention to the murder of King Duncan, Macbeth struggles with the morality of his actions. Before the murder takes place, Macbeth begins to believe that the murder will “be the be-all and the end-all” to his clear conscious and would risk him to eternal damnation (Act I, line 5). Yet, the murder would bring him power over Scotland and he “shalt be kind” as told by the Weird Sisters(Act 1, line 50). Macbeth goes off of his ambition to murder King Duncan. The internal struggle of choosing mortality over motives brought forth an intense shift of loyalty to betrayal. The murder caused for Macbeth to turn on Scotland and only care for his own selfish motives. The betrayal causes for the play to become horrific and have a double meaning. Macbeth must put on a face to hide his murder to become the king. The double meaning is how Macbeth looks like a hero to all of Scotland, but only the people on the inside know of his horrific actions. He had to murder to to get the position of King, but the
In summary, self-deception is the human weakness that in the end will bring you to a downfall. Shown through the misleading, greed, and overconfidence of characters, William Shakespeare has shown self-deception the audience and readers of his tragic play Macbeth. This play shows how deception is started and what it does to you, for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth it started out being a good thing, Macbeth was King as we wanted, but everything came back to them and caused them into insanity, leading them both to
Secondly, Lady Macbeth’s blind ambition and false appearance take part in further altering Macbeth’s decisions. Lady Macbeth reads Macbeth’s letter and she immediately starts to plot King Duncan’s murder so the witches’ prophecies can her husbands desires can become true. She knows Macbeth is, “too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness/… That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false/ And yet wouldst wrongly win” (1.V.17-23). Lady is aware her husband Macbeth is too noble and innocent to hurt an individual for his own personal gain. She knows she will have to persuade Macbeth to murder Duncan in order for him to become king. Later, during the congratulatory dinner, Lady Macbeth convinces a hesitant Macbeth to execute Duncan. At first, Macbeth is hesitant because he thinks he is double crossing trust with the king, he is his kinsman, and tonight Duncan is his guest. Moreover, Duncan has done no wrong to deserve death. Macbeth confesses to Lady Macbeth he can not murder Duncan however, Lady Macbeth says, “Art thou afeard/…Wouldst thou have that/ Which thou esteem’st the ornament
Thesis: Deception, seduction, and ambition are a lethal combination. Shakespeare’s Macbeth establishes this concept early on. Ambition is the motivational thrust that most often gives momentum as one tries to achieve success. However, without the occasional tune-up, Macbeth demonstrates how unchecked ambition can quickly become a speeding, out-of-control, vehicle that ultimately leads to destruction.
William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is about a struggle for power in Scotland. Macbeth, the main character, gets prophecies from three witches about his future accomplishments that will come to him. One of his prophecies is that Macbeth will become king, Macbeth hearing this he becomes ambitious and later kills the current King Duncan, making himself the new king. A tragic ending comes to Macbeth when the people leave him and his world collapses around him.