In Shakespeare’s, ‘Macbeth’, the act of betrayal demonstrates the absolute conflict echoing within our human soul, challenging the strength of their moral values in scenarios that provide the reward of power in commerce of for one’s devotion and honor. Macbeth, was once a warrior of Scotland, the story focuses on a man detached entirely from his loyalty –greedy to gain authority in the hollow shell that used to encompass devotion. Although desiring such an esteemed of power of entitlement, the Thane of Cawdor demanded the loyalty one receives as royalty while severing his allegiance to his ruler in the process; the murder of King Duncan. A king holding such high regards to his soon-to-be murderer, he even introduces Macbeth as the “Worthiest
Out I say..” “The queen my lord, is dead.” Sick from guilt and died Loyalty “For Brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name” captain “O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman” Duncan talk about malcolm “Fit to govern? No, not to live. O nation miserable!...” macduff loyalty to malcolm Deception ‘Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it’ “Against those honours deep and broad… your majesty loads our house” “this castle hath a pleasant seat…” ironic since duncan gonna
"Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren scepter in my grip, thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand, no son of mine succeeding." Macbeth prophesized that he would be king from the witches, but they also said that Banquo would possess the throne as well. His jealousy seduced him to kill Banquo. 7. Narrative Point of View - Shakespeare put the play in a 3rd person point of view.
He wanted to rule his country, a perfectly sane and moral goal. His intentions went sour throughout his journey, however, when he came to the conclusion that in order to control the kingdom, he must kill Duncan, then Banquo along with Fleance, and finally the Macduff family. One would think, if reading just the facts of these murderous plans, that Macbeth is pure of evil intentions and destructive measures. However,
Macbeth’s initial character portrayed him to be a man of nobility by being a military hero. However, due to the weird sister’s prophesies, Lady Macbeth’s manipulation and influences and man’s own ambition, Macbeth was led astray and under goes a change into a murderous tyrant. In the opening scenes of Macbeth, Macbeth is reported brave as he fought to defend Duncan against a rebellion. Macbeth’s loyalty and nobility is shown in the quote ‘which smok’d with bloody excetution’. This description describes Macebth’s sword killing the rebel MacDonald.
57-58). Macbeth openly addressing these thoughts may be to show the reader the moral values he upholds, but also to display the raging internal conflict over killing the king. Should he hold true to the prophecy, or should he stand still and let destiny do the work? Should he give destiny a little push? Should he leave it alone and let Duncan, a kind king, live?
“O that we then could come by Caesar’s spirit / And not dismember Caesar! But alas, / Caesar must bleed for it! And gentle friends, / Lets kill him boldly, but not wrathfully;” (II, i, 170-172). Brutus started from being Caesar’s friend, to wanting to kill him; he listens to others’ ideas and takes them as his own, changing his perspective
- Could save his life by an untrue statement of being involved in witchcraft. - Refuses to weaken and sign name to a lie, instead rips confession, states cannot live without his name. • Finally proclaims, “How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” - Dramatically confirming the play’s key theme of reputation. - Deciding on death and his good name instead a life without his reputation, play is brought to shocking and emotional climax.
In Lord Of the Flies, by William Golding, and “Masque of The Red Death,” by Edgar Allen Poe, the main elements that contributed to both stories are theme and symbolism. Golding showed how the boys descended into savagery, since one person did not contribute to the group effort. Piggy’s glasses represent the final evidence of the lawful, structured world. Poe showed how death is inevitable and there is no way to escape it. Even a secluded abbey will not be able to save you from dying.
Lady Macbeth pushed him to kill Duncan so that he may be king but it was his own ambition that he acted upon, “I go, and it is done: the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or hell.” (II, I, 21) He has made up his mind and if you didn’t know about Lady Macbeth one would think these were his thoughts and his alone. Another act of Macbeth’s ambition after becoming king is that he decides Banquo may no longer live, “It is concluded: Banquo, thy soul’s flight, if it find heaven, must find it out unto-night.” (III, I, 37) The underlying factor is that Macbeth did not even consult with Lady Macbeth before making up his mind; this was 100 percent him. After seeing the three witches again Macbeth makes the decision to kill Macduff and his family to verify Macduff will not be the death of Macbeth, “The castle of Macduff I will surprise; seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his hive.” (IV, I, 56) Also an action that Macbeth made on his own Macbeth’s ambition would lead the still living Macduff to exact his revenge on Macbeth. Ambition brings about the success and downfall of Macbeth; Lady Macbeth’s ambition got Macbeth started on success, then his own ambition led him the rest of the way to his eventual downfall.