He can report,/ As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt/ The newest state.” (1.2.1-3), to which blood indicates the open wounds Macbeth had caused to him. Shakespeare’s use of blood in this scene represents the loyalty and honor as Macbeth killed Macdonwald in defense of the king. After the battle, Macbeth was rewarded with a new title as the Thane of Cawdor yet he was not completely satisfied as he became greedy. Shakespeare also uses bloody images to foreshadow future events associated with Macbeth’s power. Aside from symbolizing blood as honor, he uses it to demonstrate the character of Macbeth and his drastic personality change as the play progresses.
This symbolizes the audacious soldier who fought and got injured in the battle for his country. Next, the sergeant says “Which smoked with bloody execution” (I:2). He is referring to Macbeth here where his sword is bloody and he is brave by killing the enemy. After Shakespeare briefly uses the symbol of blood with honor, it quickly changes to a theme of treason. It starts off with Lady Macbeth asking the spirits “Of direst cruelty!
With his very, own hands he murdered Duncan, an honorable king, which drastically changes his perspective on life. Macbeth looks at his bloodied hands and cries from shock because of how hard it is for the mind to fully accept such atrocities in life, especially
Macbeth: Character Analysis Often times, we judge others with extreme opinions and dismiss the incredible feats of talent they may possess. Although these same people we judge gives us good reason to judge, it’s better to see who they really are, and instead dismiss the act they put off. In Shakespeare’s’ tragedy, Macbeth is a great thane who is also a sane normal man. From the beginning, we are told about Macbeth’s triumphs. We see that he is a great warrior, “For brave Macbeth-well he deserves this name,-disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel, which smok'd with bloody execution."
Macbeth is a tragic hero, a person of high rank who is brought to eventual ruin by a flaw in his character Macbeth`s tragic flaw is his ambition,which leads him to a series of bloody and increasingly indefensible acts. The most apparent flaw, and perhaps the most in Macbeth`s character, is his lack of patience and temperance. These shortcomings haunted Macbeth,causing him to let his overvaulting ambition rush fate, and hasten his doom. Macbeth could not wait for an appointment to a position of more power. Instead , he murdered the king to take his place.
In this particular scene, Macbeth attempts to persuade the two murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. He goes into lengthy speech of condemning Banquo and using effective tactics of persuasion to convince the murderers. At first, Macbeth uses logical appeal to sway the murderers into wanting revenge on Banquo for making their lives a living hell. Macbeth exclaims, “That it was he, in the times past, which held you so under fortunes…” (3.1.84-85). He also tells the murderers that Banquo is blameworthy for their tragic, unhappy lives.
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.
There are an abundant amount of accounts in Shakespeare’s poem, Macbeth, which depict Macbeth as being morally ambiguous. Throughout the story, Macbeth is seen as heroic, evil, and misfortunate. Ultimately, Macbeth is tragic hero insofar as he was once a hero; however, he allowed for his ambition to get the best of him and lead him to his downfall. First of all, the beginning of the poem, the Sergeant glorifies Macbeth by notifying King Duncan of his heroic actions in battle. “For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name) disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like Valour’s minion carved out his passage, till he faced the slave, which never shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, till he unseamed
A powerful ambition for power caused him to make sinister decisions that created for him only despair, guilt, and madness. At the end of the play he was no longer honourable and, instead, a tyrant. Meanwhile Faustus loses his entire academic prowess and ultimately is pulled into hell by the choices he made to go against God, his conscience and Nature. Macbeth has an immediate consequence of his actions and that is his death in the plays final scene. Throughout the course of the play we see how he changes from ‘Valour’s minion’ to his death and a ‘Butcher’.
Macbeth is a tragic hero in the Shakespearean tradition. This means that he must, of his own free will, give in to a fatal flaw in his character and precipitate his own downfall. In the case of Macbeth, the flaw is ambition, and the irrevocable decision he makes is to kill Duncan, the king of Scotland, and take his throne. This sets him on a downward trajectory that sees him lose control of his actions, the support of his peers, his wife and ultimately his own life. Over the course of his decline, we also see Scotland suffer terribly.