Everyone at some point in their life needs to face their mistakes because if they do not, their mistakes and bad deeds can cause on to decline. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth, and his wife Lady Macbeth began to decline when faced with the guilt and suspicions of being involved in King Duncan’s death. However, Macbeth and lady Macbeth both decline the way in which they decline is different in order to display their true nature.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s decline foreshadows the witches prophecy; “All hail Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter” (1.3.50). In this quote, the witches are praising Macbeth because they predict he will be the future king of Scotland. If the witches did not say this, there would be no reason for Macbeth to kill King Duncan; causing a domino effect of events to derail. Macbeth killed Duncan to fulfill the witches’ prophecy to become king. However, this was not the only reason. The second reason was to prove to Lady Macbeth that he indeed was a true man because she had convinced him that if he did not go through with the act then he would be a coward. “But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail” (1.7.60-61). This is a quote spoken by Lady Macbeth in the first scene after Macbeth asks what would happen if their plan were to fail. Evidently, Lady Macbeth is angered and tells Macbeth that if he finds courage, they will not fail. These statements bring motivation to Macbeth to kill King Duncan because he wants to prove to his wife that he indeed is a man and not a coward. Once King Duncan was murdered, Macbeth proved himself a man to his wife and became king just as the witches’ prophesised. While being king of Scotland Macbeth held the power, he sought out. However, once he had that power he did not use it for good, but for his own selfish acts in order for him to remain king for as long as