Macbeth struggled with this concept, contemplating whether he should carry out the evil deed. He conjured up a list of reasons to avoid killing King Duncan. Lady Macbeth then challenged Macbeth’s manhood, referring to him as a coward. Only then did he take it upon himself to kill the king. 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.
Here Macbeth has lied because he has been to see the weird sisters earlier in the play.This now tells us that his loyalty is deteriorating as he prepares himself for the murder of King Duncan. This is dramatic irony because the audience know that he is going to kill the King however most of the actors on stage don’t know of his plan. As the play goes on you discover that Macbeth becomes less and less loyal to Banquo (ending in his murder) also to his wife Lady Macbeth by showing little regret for her death ‘She should have died hereafter’ this tells the
Macbeth does not believe the witches’ predictions until he does become Thane of Cawdor; then he begins to contemplate if the rest will become true as well. Here Macbeth’s emotions first start taking over and being the foremost factor on why he does the evil actions. His wife succumbs to this quite a bit quicker than Macbeth does because she was less restrictive, morality wise, on her free will. After Lady Macbeth heard the witches’ prophecy she believed that Macbeth deserved to be king and should do anything to become it, including murder. “Still it cried 'Sleep no more!'
As we can see through Shakespeare’s writing, power cannot produce happiness nor satisfaction. In Macbeths pursuit of power his wife, Lady Macbeth pushes him into killing King Duncan. Right before Macbeth kills him he has already begun his guilt ridden kingship. This is illustrated when he sees “A dagger of the mind…” which is the creation of the
Line 51 -53, “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck. Till thou applaud the deed. This quote refers to the murder of Banquo and that Macbeth killed him on his own term, without consulting with Lady Macbeth first. He tells her after the incident and wants her to acknowledge his triumph. The murder was caused only because of his ambition for power and that Banquo poses a threat.
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
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.
The first step was to kill King Duncan, who was the current King of Scotland. After he did this, the next step was to make sure that he wouldn’t get caught. Duncan’s guards had to be framed for this to happen, and later on in some emotional rage, Macbeth kills the guards. The witches’ prophecy coming true so fast led to Banquo, Macbeth’s good friend getting suspicious. Macbeth’s greedy emotions to achieve everything without letting anything get in the way would not let this happen.
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth plan to hire murders to kill Fleance and his father Banquo. The murders only manage to kill Banquo and Fleance escapes. A nobleman then kills Macbeth and the throne is restored to the King's sons. Lady Macbeth commits suicide because she felt guilty about the killings.
Macbeth hallucinates and says to himself “Is this a dagger which I see before me” which conveys how nervous and reluctant he is about killing King Duncan. It also symbolizes how the murder is only “a false creation” (ll, I, 34-39). Macbeth’s monologue “I go and it is done. The bell” which is rang by Lady Macbeth “urges me to do it” shows how he is urged by Lady Macbeth to arise and slay Duncan (II, i, 62-4). Whilst Macbeth is having his predicament, Lady Macbeth gets [“drugs their possets] notably to the point “That death and nature do contend about them, whether they live or die” (II, ii, 6-8) however in the process she [“Is made bold”] and becomes slightly inebriated by “that which hath made them drunk” (II, ii, 1). ]