One can look at Macbeth’s actions as the play unravels and see that he is clearly headed down a path towards disaster resulting from one source: his ambition. It is his desire to become king that overpowers his good nature and pushes him to break all moral boundaries. Prior to his encounter with the three witches, Macbeth was a trustworthy man; one loyal to his King, wife and friends. But with the news of his future, a secret desire for power emerges and controls him as the play continues. For instance, in act 1, scene 7, Macbeth’s ambition has become to great for him to handle: “To prick the sides
To what extent is Macbeth responsible for his downfall. Macbeth, despite the influences of the witches and Lady Macbeth is ultimately responsible for his downfall. In Williams Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, our protagonist Macbeth is a hero who destroys himself by his own evil and selfish ambitions. At the beginning of the play, our protagonist is pictured as an honourable, noble hero who has bravely led victory in battle. As the play continues, with the foreseeing witches and the deceptive lady Macbeth, he quickly turns from a courageous strong hearted man, to a tyrant king who is willing to commit the unthinkable to withhold his royal status.
As the play goes on, Macbeth slowly looses his morality as he strives for more control whilst Lady Macbeth steps into a frantic stage of guilt. After killing the king, Macbeth starts to plot other evil undertakings as he becomes nervous that someone will take away his power. At one point he goes from wanting to needing the sovereignty, which makes him loose sight of his integrity. As Macbeth begins to immorally act in order to achieve what he hungers, the line between good and evil starts to fade. “I am in blood / Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” (3.4.136-138) In this quote, Macbeth is telling himself that because he has stepped into evil so deeply, it will be hard to go back to morallity because he will never be able to rid of this guilt brought onto him.
When he can’t make up his mind on what he wants to do. When he gets over ambitious about wanting to be the king. That is a sign of bipolar disorder Macbeth shows a lot of signs that he has the disorder in the story. He even starts to hallucinate he thinks he sees Banquo’s ghost. Macbeth gets extremely violent worse than before; he murders Macduff’s family.
He is a devoted husband to his ‘dearest partner of greatness’. 7. However, in Act 1 Scene 7, having been persuaded by Lady Macbeth, Macbeth decides to murder the King. At this point his character changes, he is driven to commit further murders by his need to protect himself from the consequences of his actions. He becomes ruthless, tyrannical deceitful and dishonourable.
Lord Acton once said, “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, it tells the story of noble, honorable, and ambitious man named Macbeth, who when giving power, lives out this quote. Through the greatness and power promised in the predictions of three witches, the destiny of the ambitious Macbeth turned into a nightmare. The result of the ambition leads to the deepest corruption. The expanding lust for power and the increased influence of others is all a result of ambition that leads to more corruption, as well as the guilt from the events taken place to fulfill this ambition caused him to loose his sanity, leading to greater corruption. When put into a position of such power and leadership, lust can easily consume even the wisest of men.
He kills for the pleasure of killing, with no respect for human life. He is a tyrant because of his bullying ways, and want for power. He conquers whenever possible, and crushes his enemies beneath his feet. He holds all power in his hands. Prince Humperdinck is not someone mess with.
Macbeth responds, in brief, as a loyal thane to the Scottish king, but the prospect unnerves him. * The audience could see Macbeth’s ambition leading him to cursed thoughts which has been greatly *enforced and twisted* by the* malicious* witches. *The caution from the first apparition causes Macbeth to start a bloody massacre across England, killing families of people who may threaten his position. After this point in the play, we see *that *Macbeth* has* turn*ed* into a ruthless tyrant* in the hope of avoiding fate*, so desensitized to humanity that even the suicide of his wife *could not arouse grief from him. * All he could muster was* “She should have died hereafter”.
The guilt he is feeling makes Macbeth come to a conclusion that he has so much blood on his hands he can make the green seas red. Macbeth is starting to realize how evil this crime he committed is. Macbeth goes from being this brave, heroic warrior that the citizens of Scotland can look to for inspiration to a murder with an overwhelming feeling of guilt upon his soul. The image of blood in this passage signifies guilt because nothing he does can change the evil crime he has committed. Macbeth will have to live with this on his conscience for the rest of his
When he has done the deed he changes into the man he never imagined he would become. Once at the throne he is unable to rule without being a tyrant because his response to every situation is violence. Macbeth said, “I am in blood, stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er”(Act III scene 1). Although he is mad with power he is never comfortable being a criminal and is unable to cope with the psychological consequences of his actions. Though both