IV, I, 92-94) Shakespeare, in this case, is not only surprising the characters with the outcome of these prophesies, but also the audience. Macbeth believes he is to be victorious, but the audience knows his failure will be inevitable. However, the viewers are oblivious of the outcome. The cumulative irony is that of the weird sisters telling Macbeth exactly what he wishes to
There are some that may blame those very witches that Macbeth encounters as he and Banquo make their way home from the battlefield. Before this meeting, I cant help but to think that Macbeth was fiercely loyal to me and to Scotland. I thought that he was a very valiant warrior against the Norwegian forces. But those mischievous, evil witches, through their ridicolous prophecies, planted the seed in Macbeth's mind of becoming Thane of Cawdor and king. Once I gave him the title of Cawdor, he so thoughtlessly believed in the witches' power and fell willingly under their spell.
Is it ambition that overcomes his reason here? He has accepted the Witches’ predictions in respect of himself, but, illogically, he will not accept them as they apply to Banquo. Does his ambition die after his visit to the Witches? Is this seen in his anti-life speech when he says that life “is a tale told by an idiot…..signifying nothing?” (5:7) We see Lady Macbeth’s ambition, “Glamis thou art and Cawdor; and shall be what thou art promised..” and “I feel now the future in the instant.” (5:6). Her ambition is satisfied, but it gives her no contentment.
He has become victorious in battle and is going to be rewarded with a promotion by King Duncan. All of the characters in the play saw Macbeth as a hero, not a villain. As the story progressed, however, Macbeth became much darker as his ambition overran his sense of morality. After he had committed his first murder, Macbeth’s peers began to have a sense of mistrust for him. As time went on, this mistrust grew larger and larger to the point of rebellion in the form of mutiny.
(1.3.71)” Banquo also doubts the intension of the witches, he believes that evil always tells one part of the truth in order to earn one’s trust and lead him to destruction. Banquo warns Macbeth, ”But ‘tis strange./And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,/ the instruments of darkness tell us truths,/win us with honest trifles, to betray’s/In deepest consequence. (1.3.124-128)” On the other hand, Macbeth ignored his friends warning and believes in what the witches say. He is over whelmed by his ambition to be king, he said to himself,”Glamis, and the thane of Cawfor!/The greatest is behind. (1.3.118-119).””Two truths are told/,as happy prologues to the swelling act/of the imperial theme.
Macbeth is portrayed as a "good being" because he fought for his country and for his king. Shakespeare also describes Macbeth in such quotes as "for brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name" (pg. 38, line 16), and "What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won."(pg. 40 line 67). However As the play progresses, Macbeth's personality and actions become more deceitful leading to his destruction.
Where there is a positive figure there will always be a negative mocking the good. During the act, Macbeth, Shakespeare uses contrasting images of lightness and darkness to express the differences of powers used amongst two different characters. The character Macbeth is a very important aspect of the play because his is referred to as the tyrant: a dark, evil and violent dictator that does nothing, but tries and destroys other around him. Duncan on the behalf is a loyal king to the people of Scotland. Duncan tries to praise the people around him and honor them for the good that they instill.
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.
However, in a chain of events that status is quickly removed. As the play progresses Macbeth goes from a loyal character to a dangerous on because of his rising ambition for power, and his wife’s influence on his actions. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen much differently than he is by the end of the play. His social status is high because he is the Thane of Glamis and Cowder, and people like him because he is trustworthy and proven in battle. The King of Scotland says, “What be hath lost, noble Macbeth hat won” (1.2.
Macbeth instead begins to realize that losing his throne is highly possible. He becomes aware of his own misconception of safety. Along with the realization of his possible failure, Macbeth becomes aware that his rein as king holds much less glory than he had imagined. From the earlier moments of the play, when the witches first plant the seed, Macbeth