Shakespeare presents the flaws in Macbeth’s character using prophecies from the witches, juxtaposition in his soliloquys, and Lady Macbeth slowly manipulating him to do deeds that in the end lead to his demise. In Act 1 Scene 2 Shakespeare uses 2 characters talking about Macbeth to portray the idea that Macbeth is a loyal, brave and tenacious character and he uses imagery to show this. The sergeant tells us that Macbeth “with smok’d with bloody execution, like valour’s minion carv’d out his passage.” The imagery of “valour’s minion” is used to suggest that Macbeth is Valour’s favourite person and that he is the bravest person other than Valour himself. The imagery used to suggest that he is also a very violent person, able to commit acts that were perhaps disturbed is “smok’d with bloody execution.” This quote tells us that Macbeth is perhaps considered a violent person, but it is acceptable because it is for the King, therefore it is the right reason. In Act 2 Scene 1, just before Macbeth kills the King, we see signs of his psychological destruction when he hallucinates about the dagger.
This illusion is one of the witches, sowing the seeds of murder in Macbeth, and ultimately, immediately after he murders Duncan. Further, Macbeth again visits the witches, this time in a plead for further knowledge and is met with additional illusions. Before though, Hecate meets with the witches and states, “Shall raise such artificial sprites / As by the strength of their illusion / Shall draw him on to his confusion: / He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear”(Shakespeare 3.6.26-29). The witches use apparitions to further influence Macbeth this time leading him down a false path. By doing this, Macbeth becomes arrogant and feels invincible.
Outline Introduction: * Betrayal and deception play a big role in the play Macbeth, it tells us that you never know who you can trust or not. * The Three Witches, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth show us how someone that you once could trust, turns into someone you don’t recognize in a second. . First Main Point: The Witches * display evil power * change Macbeth into an evil man * not trusted Second Main Point: Macbeth * he betrays Duncan * betrays Banquo * became a murderer Third Main Point: Lady Macbeth * plans to kill Duncan to take over the throne for Macbeth * talking in her sleep, expressing the murder * deceives her king Conclusion: * good turns to evil, trust turn to betrayal
The witches are shown as figures that seem to trigger Macbeths murderous ambition, as their prophesy leads Macbeth to first consider killing Duncan, to gain power. But the witches never actually say anything about murder; all they do is tell Macbeth he s going to be King. Macbeth himself as man, questions how, and makes the evil plot, leaving the witches looking as if they are the evil figure. Is there a reason that witchcraft is only represented as evil women? Sexism is displayed through the witches in “Macbeth”.
Macbeth's flaw is clearly his ambition because he says so himself almost immediately after hearing the witches' prophecy. As he is travelling down the path of his downfall, his disturbances are clearer because his ambition gets in the way. The act that Macbeth committed was called regicide in Shakespearean times and was seen as an act against God natural order. Shakespeare revolves the play around regicide because the king at that time James I was a victim of this and he also was very interested in witchcraft which is why Shakespeare used the three witches in this play. Some might say that Macbeth is certainly a play 'fit for a king'.
- Speaks to Macbeth and tries to manipulate him into acting a certain way- Goes back to being the strong one and even says she will kill herself| “come thick night and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell.”“Bear welcome in your eye……be the serpent under’t”“Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the deadAre but as pictures: 'tis the eye of childhood.”| Speech| She wants Macbeth to kill. She is ambitious and determined.-She has a whatever attitude and wants to kill Duncan | “Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirts into thine ear.”“A little water clears us of this deed:How easy is it then!.”| Thoughts| | | Interactions| Lady Macbeth is more determined and devoted to this murder than Macbeth is| “And live a coward in thine own esteem”| Macbeth |Observations|Text Support| Looks| | | Actions| -Macbeth goes back to being the weak one| “I'll go no more:I am afraid to think what I have done;Look on't again I dare not.”| Speech|-He is still struggling with the fact he has to murder Duncan saying the blood can not be washed from their hands| “Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this bloodClean from my hand? No.”| Thoughts| -Thinks that the crime he is about to commit to become king will come back unto him-a dagger appears and he thinks it’s a figment of his imagination| “To plague the inventor: this even-handed justiceCommends the ingredients of our poison'd chaliceTo our own lips.”“false creation/proceeding from the heat oppressed brain”-the| Interactions| -the way he speaks to lady Macbeth shows
The authors, Caroline B. Cooney, Harper Lee and William Shakespeare wrote violence in their novels and games. Enter three witches, writes the author that people who do not like them and is angry perhaps meets a violent end. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee wrote that people who are racist are dishonest and possibly will also meet a violent end. Shakespeare also argues that people who do not, except that others will gather the tragedy. Cooney MacBeth uses to prove his thesis; then Bob Ewell Lee uses the character to prove its case, and Tybalt Shakespeare to prove his point.
Lady Macbeth has a plan to kill Duncan. In order for this plan to work Lady Macbeth and Macbeth had to be very deceitful. Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth into killing Duncan, when Macbeth had doubts. Lady Macbeth's criticised towards Macbeth: “that I may pour my sprits in thine ear”. (Macbeth I, v, 26) Lady Macbeth made Macbeth feel bad about himself, by lowering his manhood and bravery.
The truth is that many of these decisions that Macbeth makes or follows is based on what the witches told him. One example of this is when Lady Macbeth convinces him to kill Duncan in order to become king. She specifically says, “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be / What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature / … / That I may pour my spirits in thine ear, / and chastise with the valor of my tongue” (1.5.16-17, 27-28). In this quote Lady Macbeth is thinking about the witches prophecy and how she can make it come true.
Macbeth betrays King Duncan because the witches told him he will become king. He also betrays his friend Banquo because the witches gave him predictions that can affect Macbeth. The three weird sisters betray Macbeth because he wants things to go his way. In “Macbeth”, Shakespeare demonstrates that betrayal is lead by unreasonable decisions that cause bad consequences. Macbeth