They wanted to blame the guards for the death of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth tells her husband that she can not kill him cause he reminds her of her daddy. She convinces him to kill King Duncan. The only reason Lady Macbeth wants him to kill King Duncan is so Macbeth can become King . Once King Duncan was killed Macbeth killed the guards because he was scared.
In the beginning of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the title character is portrayed as a heroic soldier who is loyal to the King. Macbeth, however, is influenced by the witches’ prophecies and by his wife Lady Macbeth in his motive to kill. Lady Macbeth does not believe that her husband has the “guts” to take the necessary actions in order to become king. She thinks Macbeth is “too full o’ the milk of human kindness” (Shakespeare I, v, 17). Macbeth is mentally weak; therefore, Lady Macbeth is easily able to influence him.
showing us that the thought of murder was already at the back of his mind. Macbeth could not have been as honourable and trustworthy as people believed him to be, given that if he had had but a shred of integrity, murder would have been the last thing on his mind. Macbeth is given prophecies by the witches and he is encouraged to act on these suggestions by Lady Macbeth, but he ultimately makes the choices to murder Duncan, Macduff's family and Banquo. The fact that Macbeth feels guilt, fears being caught and fears losing the throne reveals he has hidden anxiety. If Macbeth was truly at the mercy of fate, following the prophesise that was “set out”, he would have no difficulties in carrying out his crimes.
In the play Macbeth, the main theme is the corruption of power through unchecked ambition. Macbeth is a faithful soldier and a good man, until three witches tell him of his future. Upon telling his wife the grand news, she devises a scheme where Macbeth kills the king in order to make his future the present. Macbeth is wary at first, and often talks of his guilt and soul before the murder, but, in order to please his wife, and feed his desire to become king, he murders the poor king in his sleep. He then blames two guards for the deed and becomes king of Scotland.
It was Lady Macbeth who had planned King Duncan’s murder and the framing of the guards because Macbeth was too worried about the consequences. However, the greed for power corrupted and changed Macbeth. “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, Till thou applaud the deed.” (Act 3: II, line 50-51) Macbeth consoled Lady Macbeth about the necessity of the terrible things planned. The desire for power drove Macbeth to planning a second murder so he could feel secure. “I am in blood stepped in so far, that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er.” (Act 3: IV, line 167-169) After committing the murders of Duncan and Banquo, Macbeth had decided that he had already gone so far to get
Ambition is a common downfall for those who seek power. In literature, authors use characters to demonstrate the harmful effects of ambition. Shakespeare, in his play Macbeth, develops the character of Macbeth, who changes from a good-hearted person to evil because of his corrupting power and unchecked ambition. In Act I, Macbeth debates with himself on whether or not to kill Duncan. He considers that, even if Duncan’s murder could be completed without any negative consequences, like getting caught, he still would have to live with guilt.
Macbeth responds, in brief, as a loyal thane to the Scottish king, but the prospect unnerves him. * The audience could see Macbeth’s ambition leading him to cursed thoughts which has been greatly *enforced and twisted* by the* malicious* witches. *The caution from the first apparition causes Macbeth to start a bloody massacre across England, killing families of people who may threaten his position. After this point in the play, we see *that *Macbeth* has* turn*ed* into a ruthless tyrant* in the hope of avoiding fate*, so desensitized to humanity that even the suicide of his wife *could not arouse grief from him. * All he could muster was* “She should have died hereafter”.
Appearance vs. Reality in Macbeth In the play Macbeth, written by Shakespeare, one can find a multitude of paradoxes and equivocation; however, what played the biggest role in the play was deception. The art of deception is first introduced when Macbeth need to appear innocent during the investigation of the murders he committed. This cone of deception then grows to include Lad Macbeth as throughout these investigations she acts to divert attention away from her traumatized and distraught husband. Finally, we see this concept taken to the extreme with the weird sisters.
Were it not for outside forces, he would have lived happily as Thane of Cawdor, an illustrious title in itself. Macbeth does not even want to kill King Duncan. He says “chance may crown me without my stir.” Fearing the withes message means that he will kill the king in the future, he says “Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.” Macbeth writes to his wife, telling her about the withes and how one prophecy has already come true. As soon as she hears about it, she calls on evil spirits to fill her full of cruelty so that she will the King if necessary. Macbeth, on the other hand, does not like a possible future by the withes prophecy: that he will kill his King.
The statement “Fair is foul and foul is fair” comes into play, because becoming king sounds fair, but Macbeth doesn’t know that he will have to kill to achieve it. The main betrayal throughout this play is the moment Macbeth decides to kill Duncan, who has never been anything but kind and good. It is because of the supernatural power of the witches that Macbeth decides to kill Duncan, and start his decent into madness. Violence and murder are main themes in Macbeth. Although mostly offstage, the violence is described in great detail.