A lust for power already existed in Macbeth, but it was his encounter with the three witches on his return from battle that triggered his thirst for the throne, and subsequently the deaths of many, Macbeth among the deceased. The witches told Macbeth that he would become the Thane of Cawdor, and when he did, he became obsessed with the idea that he will become the King of Scotland; “prophecy” said so. With the encouragement of his wife, Macbeth murdered King Duncan, and Banquo, who was a comrade of Macbeth. Macbeth then orders the deaths of Macduff’s wife and children, because he fears that they stand a chance of taking the throne. Upon hearing of his families’ death, Macduff returns to Scotland to confront Macbeth, who is slain.
1. Discuss the tyranny that you know happen in history of human civilization and relate it to the play that you have studied. Macbeth is a story written by William Shakespeare in 1606. Macbeth tells the story of a brave Scottish general (Macbeth) who receives a prophecy from a trio of sinister witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed with ambitious thoughts and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and seizes the throne for himself.
William Shakespeare's Macbeth, is a Medieval story about a nobleman who had evil ambitions of becoming the King of Scotland. It is evident in the play that both Macbeth, the nobleman, and Lady Macbeth, his wife, suffer from the same tragic flaw: uncontrolled ambition.This uncontrolled ambition causes them to commit regicide. Although Lady Macbeth coerces Macbeth to murder King Duncan of Scotland, it is clear that she is, in fact, a victim to her ambition. She suffers greatly by losing her sanity, which ultimately leads to her death. Lady Macbeth is a victim of her uncontrolled ambition.This ambition causes her to push herself and Macbeth to the very edge.
Then the women try’s to get revenge bye poisoning the man’s new lover. Macbeth was written sometime between 1603 -1606. However it was set hundreds of years in the past. This is because Shakespeare was trying to show the issues at his time such as: The relationship between cruelty and masculinity, The Corrupting Power of Unchecked Ambition and The Difference between Kingship and Tyranny. As king James 1 was the king of Scotland and England he has based the play with him in mind and in Scotland.
In Act 2 Scene 1, just before Macbeth kills the King, we see signs of his psychological destruction when he hallucinates about the dagger. Shakespeare shows us this through Macbeth’s soliloquy. Macbeth says “Is this a dagger that I see before me, the handle towards my hand?” This quote uses imagery and a rhetorical question to suggest the Macbeth is seeing the dagger. Macbeth questions whether or not the dagger is really there, this makes us believe that the dagger is a hallucination. The suggestion that the handle is facing Macbeth makes this imagery even stronger, it also makes us think that Macbeth is questioning whether or not the dagger is meant for him.
In the opening of the play, a loyal Macbeth is approached by three witches who entice him with their claim that “[he] shalt be king thereafter.” (1-3-50). This information stimulates his hidden thirst for power and willingness to keep the throne for himself. He plots to murder the king and takes the liberty of killing Banquo, and anyone else who poses a threat to his reign to aid his own insecurity. Macbeth begins to lose trust in those around him and becomes unstable. Shakespeare shows through Duncan, who carries a legitimate power, that only direct threats to the kingdom are punished accordingly.
[Ellipses mine] (Macbeth, I, i, 1-13). Right away the audience was to be aware that there will be evil things taking part in the plot and seeing how Macbeth’s name is mentioned, they automatically know who the target was. Another point that Shakespeare touches on through his play is how Macbeth, when he is declared king after killing Duncan, is on a power spree – what with killing and getting rid of his threats to his throne. By referring to The Divine Rights of Kings, King James I stated: Kings are justly called Gods, for that they exercise a manner or resemblance of divine power upon earth. For if you will consider the attributes to God, you shall see how they agree in the person of a king.
Macbeth betrays King Duncan because the witches told him he will become king. He also betrays his friend Banquo because the witches gave him predictions that can affect Macbeth. The three weird sisters betray Macbeth because he wants things to go his way. In “Macbeth”, Shakespeare demonstrates that betrayal is lead by unreasonable decisions that cause bad consequences. Macbeth
There are many different ways to define the word power; “the ability to do or act, to have authority or influence, to have great force.” (Webster 505) No matter the definition, they all describe exactly what Macbeth wanted, and that is control. Macbeth wants it so badly that he is willing to do unspeakable things in order to attain it. The witches make a prophecy that Macbeth will be king, and Banquo will have a line of kings but not be one. Things makes Macbeth question why he will not have a line of kings, and makes him somewhat upset. Because of this, he decides he must kill Banquo, so that there will be no heir.
In the play script, “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare, the idea of internal conflict is clearly presented through the main protagonist, Macbeth. In the text, Macbeth, a highly recognized general, strives blindly in attempt to achieve power, driven by his “vaulting ambition.” Throughout the text, Macbeth faces internal conflict and insecurity as he slowly follows a path of corruption. Shakespeare uses Macbeth’s internal conflict to explore the theme; “absolute power corrupts absolutely” after hearing the witches’ prophecy, after the murder of Duncan and after the murder of Banquo. The first example of Macbeth’s internal conflict was when he encountered the weird sisters. Their manipulative characters was used by Shakespeare when they