King Duncan calls her ‘‘our honoured hostess’’, she is loving to her husband and wants the best for him. Lady Macbeth is highly determined for Macbeth to be king. This will benefit her and Macbeth equally. She is immediately concludes that ‘The fastest way ‘for Macbeth to become king is by murdering King Duncan. Lady Macbeth’s immediate thoughts make her appear irreligiously cold but that changes throughout the play.
Witches come and reveal to him a prophecy of his future, which makes him want it straight away. Lady Macbeth keeps pushing for Macbeth to do whatever it takes to get what the weird sisters have predicted will happen, and finally goes ahead with it. Macbeth kills numerous people to have his prophecy fulfilled and is now the complete opposite person of who he was at the beginning of the play, but it is hard to blame Macbeth for his own demise because of these other factors because they play a role in boosting his actions Macbeth wasn’t an ambitious character until he met the witches. Macbeth is the most “worthiest cousin” of the Kind and is a “brave” soldier serving under him. He is established as a good character in the play and it is apparent that he had no real ambitions until he met the witches.
Another prophecy made by the witches was that Banquo's son will be king. Fuelled by paranoia, lack of sleep andvisions, Macbeth was thrown into a state of confusion and a belief that the prophecies were inevitable. Lady Macbeth urged her husband to commit murder and it was this action that sparked Macbeth's downfall. When Lady Macbeth heard about the prophecies made by the witches, and how one of them had already come true, she called upon evil spirits to guide her through her task - killing the king. ."..
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He talks it over with his wife, and is pressured onto killing Duncan. The main reason Macbeth is pressured into killing Duncan is because he has vaulting or blind ambition. Vaulting or blind ambition is when someone has a mindset of something, and without thinking they spring at the first opportunity that they have. Blind or vaulting ambition can be a good thing, because it basically means that you will stop a nothing to achieve your goals. Blind ambition can also encourage those around you to fulfill their goals.
She also describes that her husband “shal be bothe my dettour and my thral”(161). Not only does she wish to have power over her husband, she also wants him to feel as if he owes her something. Perhaps she believes that this feeling of debt instilledher husband’s mind will encourage him to act according to her will. As if reinforce her previous statements, she says, “I have the power durynge al my lyf / Upon his proper body” (164-165). This final declaration attempts to show the reader that the Wife will rule her husband as long as he is married to her.
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.
Macbeth relies on the witches who feed him prophecies and glimpses of the future. After Macbeth hears the witches prophecy, “All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter”(Shakespeare I, iii, 50)! Macbeth immediately thinks that he should be king. When Lady Macbeth finds out about the witches, she leads Macbeth into her plan which involves cold blooded murder. Macbeth is a little nervous at first, but Lady Macbeth is able to get Macbeth to agree with her to kill King Duncan.
Another theme is the similarity of marriage to a business transaction. The father of the bride, in this case Baptista, pays the husband a sum of money to marry their daughter and the father would choose who his daughter would wed. Finally, the domination of the husband in the relationship, especially prevalent in the play, as Petruchio is trying to gain control over Katherine and show his authority in their marriage. One of the main issues around marriage in ‘The Taming of the Shrew,’ is that women were meant to be obedient and cater to her husband’s every need. At the beginning of the play Katherine is stubborn and ill tempered.
The three witches greet Macbeth as “Thane of Glamis”, the title he already holds, and begin to tell the two nobles of things to come, and prophesies that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, and then King of Scotland. These prophecies changed Macbeth’s behaviour as the second prophecy came true when he became Thane of Cawdor. “Why do you dress me in borrowed robes” emphasises how he is getting arrogant and feels that people should be running after him as he is now Thane of Cawdor.“Two truths are told, as happy prologues to the swelling act…” obviously relating to the first two prophecies the witches made. He now asks Banquo, aside, whether or not he believes the witches now that Macbeth’s second prophecy has come true. Banquo says he is wary and that he really doesn’t want anything to do with these witches, but he will merely sit back and let the prophecies run their course.