It fair to say, in addition, that if his betrayal caused this extensive pain that clouded him after he murders Duncan, Banquo and the Macduff’s that it wasn’t a case of fate and was his own doing. However is he to blame? Or does the bulk fall on Lady Macbeth and the three witches. From his very first meeting with the witches, Macbeth's mind became instantly plagued with thoughts of murder and treachery a trait that was instantly noticed by Banquo "Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear; Things that do sound so fair?" showing us that the thought of murder was already at the back of his mind.
This is the seed from which the whole tragedy of Macbeth grows from. Macbeth contemplates the witches’ words and soon ends up acting upon them. The next key event in the downfall of Macbeth is when he agrees to kill the current king. He is persuaded by his wife that this is a necessary ingredient in becoming king himself. After killing Duncan, he begins to lose his sanity slightly.
She frames the Chamberlains for Duncan’s murder and constantly calls on darkness to mask her crimes. She also deceives herself into believing that she could participate in regicide and yet avoid the moral and psychological backlash, and by the end of the play she has become a victim of her own duplicity. Macbeth, the tragic hero, practices deception to achieve his goals, but increasing discards the need for deceit and instead chooses brute force and violence to protect his position. Ultimately, he too fails because of the trickery of the Witches and his desperate determination to delude himself. The Witches appearance in Act 1, Scene 1, sets the tone for the rest of the play.
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
Besides Macbeth, Lady Macbeth also shows her character is deceiving by planning how Duncan will be killed. At the end of the play she dies because the guilt from helping to kill Duncan was too much of a burden on her conscience. Lastly, the witches are deceiving characters because they give confusing prophecies. Macbeth misinterprets the confusing prophecies which later lead to his tragic death. There are many appearances that show characters in the play Macbeth are deceiving, ultimately leading to tragedy.
In the Tragedy of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, the reader is made to question what type of person Macbeth is and what caused Macbeth to commit the horrible crimes that he did. Throughout the start of the play there are many different causes that could have led to his fall into madness. One of them is the witches, whom instigate the downfall of Macbeth and the beginning of his madness, but as the story goes on, Lady Macbeth also convinces him to commit murder, and as the story comes to its conclusion, Macbeth himself decides to kill more innocents, leaving the reader with the consideration of who is really responsible for the murders. The first group to convince Macbeth to commit murder are the three witches, the witches first confront Macbeth and Banquo at the beginning of the play and tell them their prophecies of the future. They say to Macbeth that he will be king “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!”, and that Banquo will be a father of kings saying “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none”.
The death of Duncan would mean the birth of a new Macbeth, King Macbeth. Lady Macbeth decided to have her husband kill Duncan and said in Act I scene 5, "He croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan." (p.33) This quote says how the presence of Duncan would turn fatal once Macbeth kills him. Once Duncan is killed, Macbeth has second thoughts about the murder of Duncan and his conscience starts to kick in. His wife then puts his conscience at ease.
Macbeth is at first skeptical of the witches’ claims. Lady Macbeth’s aggressive persuasion forces him to fulfill the prophecies. Lady Macbeth challenges Macbeth's masculinity by aggressively pursuing the prophecies, and taunting him saying “When you durst do it, then you were a man”(Shakespeare, 366). This forces Macbeth to act according to the will of Lady Macbeth to establish his dominance. Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to aid her in her plot to overcome her husband's reluctance and force him to kill Duncan.
The witches are being sneaky here to give Macbeth the illusion that he cannot be harmed. Macduff eventually kills Macduff. Does Macduff, who is not born of woman, (his mother passed before he was born) kill Macbeth because of fate? Maybe he does but why does Macduff want to kill Macbeth anyway? Macbeth killed the king and took the throne, so there is an apparent reason that it was Macbeth?s choice.
In Act 3 Scene 1 Banquo accuses Macbeth of having got the royal title in an unfair way when he says, “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou played’st most foully for’t.” Now Banquo had accused Macbeth he felt he had to stop him from talking. As soon as Banquo leaves, Macbeth calls in hired murderers and convinces them to kill his friend by blaming Banquo for the bad things that have happened to the murderers in the past, “That it was he, in the times past, which held you.” He asks them if they are man enough to help Macbeth