Moaraj will be proving that his superstition was the cause of Macbeth’s lust for power, and I will be proving that his greed was the main cause for the terrible deeds that had transpired. Women were not considered the same level in society (Elizabethan order) as men and were objects of the men would not have had much of an influence on men. Macbeth used Lady Macbeth for her innocence and he kept her out of his plans to murder Banquo and to murder Macduff’s family. This shows that Macbeth acted out
The prophecies of the witches have planted a seed in Macbeth’s mind that if he kills Duncan, the current king, he will be one step closer to being king. However, although he is ambitious and his wife is pushing him to kill Duncan, he feels guilty killing his king. As Macbeth is contemplating the murder, he has a vision of a bloody dagger leading him to Duncan. The passage “Is this a dagger I see before me?.” from Macbeth illustrates how Shakespeare uses imagery and allusions to show Macbeth’s indecision and establish his frame of mind. Shakespeare uses imagery to illustrate Macbeth’s conflict between free will and a predetermined fate.
These strong, almost desperate commands suggest that he is intrigued by the prophecy told by the witches and wants to know more. Banquo himself describes Macbeth as ‘rapt withal’ which conveys a sense that Macbeth is slowly giving in to the temptation of becoming king, and is considering killing Duncan in order to achieve that goal. In an aside, he says he imagines a ‘horrid image’ that ‘doth unfix my hair’. The hyperbole shows that the idea of killing Duncan has already occurred to him but he is still horrified at himself for thinking it. By portraying a sense that ambition is starting to push away at Macbeth’s loyal and honourable qualities, Shakespeare can effectively convey the personal conflict constantly happening within Macbeth’s mind and heart.
As the play progresses, it is evident that Macbeth is tempted by the witches and has become evil by the catalyst of their powers. The reader recognizes the mental weakness Macbeth really has even though he has power in ambition. The varying points of view of a play give the author more power for audience to become involved with the actions on stage. For example, Macbeth in one of his soliloquies says whole heartedly, "I am his kinsman and his subject," about the thoughts of killing Duncan only to be later plauged by vision of "thy blade and dudgeons gouts of blood." This first person point of view allows the audience to know Macbeth's thoughts that no other character in the play can.
Emotions Overpowering Affect Why is it that humans let out emotions get the better of us and basically restrict our free will? In his play, Macbeth, Shakespeare writes about a character, Macbeth, coming to power through the vile act of murder enticed to him by his wife. Sinful actions have been connected with being overwhelmed emotionally several times throughout the play. There comes a point when a free willed decision can cause certain consequences whether bad or good and one can be judged on how they deal with the result. Some may try to fix the problem and put it behind them while others get too caught up and cannot stop their actions anymore for it is needed to keep them safe.
Macbeth says to himself, “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/ Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair/ And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,/ Against the use of nature?” (1.3.135-138). This quotation tells us that Macbeth’s strong ambition tells him to want more because he feels unsatisfied. He thinks of murdering King Duncan and fulfilling the last prophecy because consciously, Macbeth knows that it is the only way to satisfy his ambition for things he does not have and that is by becoming the King of Scotland. This will eventually lead to his downfall and death, as karma exists. We know that it isn’t right for Macbeth to become the king, as Malcolm is the heir to the throne.
In the play Macbeth is persuaded by Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan in order to get the “ornament of life,” which would be taking the thrown. Before the murder of Duncan Lady Macbeth says that, “Glamis thou art and Cawdor; and shalt be what, not without ambition, but without the illness that should attend it,” in order to show that Macbeth must turn to murder as a way to gain power after Macbeth has heard the predictions of the weird sisters. Lady Macbeth explains that murder is the answer to the obstacle of Ducan, but she fears that Macbeth is much too kind to do such a thing. Because Macbeth is a genuine person, Lady Macbeth must manipulate him into the murder to achieve power for her and her husband. Lady Macbeth makes Macbeth look vulnerable which makes Macbeth feel pressured into the killing of Duncan.
To begin, Macbeth is viewed as a brave and fearless man with very good military standing he is also viewed as a good leader. Macbeth is a good man at this point in the play but due to some prophecies that are made by, some crazy witches; he starts to betray his closest friends. Macbeth begins to plot against King Duncan, the man who just named him Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth realizes the costliness of killing the king and how his actions may damn him forever. Macbeth tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, That he cannot go through with it and she begins to question him, “When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man” (Shakespeare I.VII.
The characters determination for power causes them to carry out immoral acts. These actions play on the minds of the main characters as their guilty consciences torture them into madness. The text first shows that Macbeth is feeling guilty about desiring to kill Duncan in Act 1 scene 4, when Macbeth says, “Stars hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires.” This shows that he wants no one and nothing to see what he is plotting, affirming that Macbeth understands, unlike his wife, the wrong in contemplating murdering Duncan.
It reveals Lady Macbeth's diabolical nature: instead of advising him against believing the witches' prediction that he would become king she decides to incite him to murder Duncan. She knows fully well that her husband could become king of Scotland only by murdering Duncan. It reveals that Macbeth is "too full o' the milk of human kindness" and how she plans to "chastise him with the valour of her tongue" to fulfil their ambitions, this quote also shows some disturbance in Lady Macbeth because it sounds quite manly and unfeminine. This clearly indicates that Lady Macbeth is the dominant partner in their marriage and that although Macbeth is a brave and courageous military commander he can be easily manipulated by his wife. This has led many critics to conjecture whether Lady Macbeth herself is a witch in human form.