One of the main messages he is trying to deliver to us is to always weigh what you achieve to what the consequences will be. This especially holds true for Macbeth, as when first contemplating if he should kill Duncan, not once did he think of how he could be punished. Also, when Macbeth first hears the witch’s prophecy of him being a king, he jumps directly to the idea of murder. This kind of thinking is exhibited in Macbeth’s monologue in scene 5 act 5, where he discus’s the uselessness of living, and this attitude towards life made him go mad. This also points to how unintelligent Macbeth really was.
Although it is quite different than his first encounter with murder, this murder is all Macbeth’s idea. Furthermore, instead of doing it himself he decides to hire hit men to kill his friend Banquo who he believes is in his way of getting what he wants, more power. “I am in blood, stepped in so far that I should wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go’oer” (Act I, Sc.IV, Line 136-137). This serves as a pivotal moment in this play, Macbeth has decided that he is in to far already and there is no point in going back. He has decided that he already has blood on his hands he should just keep killing and getting what he desires, which now is to secure his hierarchy position.
The devil, or the evil spirits, take up many disguises, one of which is through Lady Macbeth. Our tragic hero does not realize that every murder will come back to haunt him. We begin to see the slippery slope Macbeth slides down as he promptly kills his best friend, Banquo, and attempts to murder Banquo’s only child, Fleance, without any outside influences. He was content killing his closest ally because he worries about the witches prophecy that “the seeds of Banquo’s kings, rather than so, come fate into the list, and champion me to the utterance…” (III.I.70-73). Even when you believe Macbeth cannot be any worse he slaughters Macduff’s entire family when he hears Macduff has fled to England; he said that he would “give to the edge o’the sword his wife, babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line”.
Macbeth: Justice or Injustice Murder, deceit, and immorality are not a rare occurrence in the story of Macbeth; in fact they are the basis of the story. The three witches play with Macbeth’s mind and make him thirst for the throne, Lady Macbeth encourages her husband to murder King Duncan, and says Macbeth is a coward for his hesitation, to trick him into killing the King. And Macbeth not only murders King Duncan, but also Banquo, the Macduff family, and attempts to kill Fleance, son of Banquo. The question remains; is justice served where justice is due in this story? 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.
During the play Macbeth was introduce to the ideas of murder and betrayal by Lady Macbeth. She pressured him into doing things he would have never imagined doing. Macbeth witnessed a supernatural event when he saw Banqo ghost at the dinner. Lady Macbeth also witnessed a supernatural event when she could not wash off King Duncan’s blood. The Mariner showed a supernatural event when he watched the suffer.
In the play Macbeth wants to be king and the dagger symbolises Macbeth’s penis. The dagger represents the desire of Macbeth killing Duncan, as the dagger and blood is pointing at Duncan. The dagger also represents Macbeth’s desire of expanding his offspring to be the king and leave his sons to rule for him. The last example of symbolism is the chaotic scenes and reversal of nature which takes place after the murder of Duncan. At the time of Macbeth a common belief was that everything is as it is because god put it there.
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.
Murder, manipulation, and betrayal; Macbeth is a play written by the famous playwright, Shakespeare. The play is about a Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches one day, saying that he will one day become the King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and encouraged to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. However, Macbeth is now tormented with guilt and paranoia, forcing him to commit more and more murders in order to protect himself. Eventually everything proves to be too much for him and Lady Macbeth and it swiftly leads them to their death.
There is none but he whose being I do fear. From this soliloquy, it’s obvious that Macbeth is once again encompassed by the extreme terror that Banquo, his best friend may know about the truth of the deed. The fear of unsecured throne terrifies Macbeth and causes him to send murderers to perform the assassination of Banquo. Later on, the unexpected escape of Fleance triggers the ideas of visiting witches once more to seek his fate. After Macbeth knows the fact that he should be aware of Mcduff, he sends orders immediately to commence a full murder of Mcduff’s family.
93). His use of the world “false” is likely to be interpreted to mean his entire life and not just the face he is putting on as a murderer. After Macbeth murders Duncan, he tells Lady Macbeth that he feels as though he has murdered sleep. This seems to be a strange idea, but he explains to Lady Macbeth that sleep, for him, was lost when he murdered Duncan: “Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!/Macbeth does Murder sleep,” (2.2. 43-44).