3. Major characters Majors: Macbeth- Protagonist, Macbeth is a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true. Macbeth is a brave soldier and a powerful man, but he is not a virtuous one. He is easily tempted into murder to fulfill his ambitions to the throne, and once he commits his first crime and is crowned
Although, Macbeth takes the dagger and kills King Duncan, Lady Macbeth was the one who planned to kill him that night and frame his guards. I believe that Lady Macbeth played a huge part in the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth was ambitious about becoming King, yet, at moments he felt uneasy about the idea of murdering Duncan. Lady Macbeth convinced him otherwise challenging his manhood and planning the murder to the finer details. Lady Macbeth went to great measures to make sure Duncan was killed; she even called upon the evil spirits to aid her.
In the exposition of the play, the witches told Macbeth that he will become the Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. They also warn him about what to look out for. Macbeth is characterized as a brave soldier and a powerful man who is rather easily tempted and convinced. After hearing about these wonderful things from the witches, Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, who lusts for power and position, manipulates Macbeth to achieve the prophecy and let nothing stand in his way. The first step was to kill King Duncan, who was the current King of Scotland.
The Witches' prophecies for Banquo was what led to his death. They prophesied that Banquo would be live happier than Macbeth. They also stated that Banquo's descendants would become king but he would not be. When Macbeth became king this prophecy became a potential threat and led him onto murdering Banquo. Lady Macbeth had no responsibility in this murder.
The witches and Lady Macbeth made Macbeth lose his sanity. Lady Macbeth and the witches were to a great extent accountable for Macbeth’s actions. If he hadn’t trusted the witches’ prophecies so much and if Lady Macbeth wasn’t so vicious, Macbeth could have lived to become a respected King. His own actions, influenced by others, lead to his fatal
Macbeth says to Lady Macbeth, “If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were done quickly. If Th’ assassination could trammel up the consequences, and catch, with his surcease, success; that but this blow might be-all and the end-all…” (pg21).In this quote we see how Macbeths first thought is to murder the king even when he is concerned about the consequences. Even when he is scared, he still goes and murders the king with the daggers. Macbeth does it without thinking what might happen, and he does it only thinking that without the king he can be king and therefore prove what the witches
Also because of making witches being the evil people in the play he would get more funding for his theatre. Also by the king the richest person in Britain at that time. At the beginning Shakespeare had made us think that Macbeth is this heroic figure who is courageously fighting for king and country against the brutal Vikings, however further in the play we discovered that the witches has filled Macbeth with crazy prophesies. Then lady Macbeth devised a plan and forces Macbeth to kill Duncan. Furthermore because of this interference Macbeth is now this malevolent and sly character who ,murdered his own cousin for his self
This means Macbeth had no other reason for killing Duncan other than wanting to. At this point in the play, Macbeth’s desire for power begins to affect the way he acts and the choices he makes. Next in line for the throne after Duncan’s death would’ve been one of his sons, Malcolm, but he fled with his brother Donalbain after their father’s death. However, the witches prophesized that Banquo would produce a line of kings, so Macbeth hired a group of murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance. Macbeth would not let anyone get
The first prophecy was that Macbeth would become Thane of Cawdor, and then the King of Scotland. Macbeth doesn’t believe the prophecies until the first one comes to. From that point his greed for power had come to life, with the influence of his wife Lady Macbeth. The women in this novel also have a sense of greed, violence, and are evil. The spark to Macbeth’s greed, ambitions, and violent behavior came from the three witches.
The witches give Banquo the prediction of “‘Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none’ ” (Shakespeare 9). The reason to blame the witches is because before this prediction Macbeth and Banquo were best friends. Then when Macbeth becomes king he fears that Banquo will try to kill him because he knows that Banquo’s heirs will some day have the crown. Macbeth no longer trusts Banquo and is driving crazy thinking that his friend will come after just to make sure that Macbeth’s heirs will never get the crown, so Macbeth orders the death of both Banquo and his son to make sure that there is no one else to take the crown away from him. The only reason Banquo is murdered is because Macbeth becomes paranoid after the witches prediction.