He can report,/ As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt/ The newest state.” (1.2.1-3), to which blood indicates the open wounds Macbeth had caused to him. Shakespeare’s use of blood in this scene represents the loyalty and honor as Macbeth killed Macdonwald in defense of the king. After the battle, Macbeth was rewarded with a new title as the Thane of Cawdor yet he was not completely satisfied as he became greedy. Shakespeare also uses bloody images to foreshadow future events associated with Macbeth’s power. Aside from symbolizing blood as honor, he uses it to demonstrate the character of Macbeth and his drastic personality change as the play progresses.
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. From this point on, Macbeth is a man who is no longer capable of thinking rationally and consciously, his mind is stuffed with fear and delirium. Furthermore, Fear is like a progressing cancer which deteriorates slowly and eventually comes to an end. After the death of queen and on the news of the advance of Birnam wood, Macbeth’s fear advances to despair which is the final stage of fear and manifest itself primarily as fury. He advances to defend his castle with his thought full of the witches’ promises.
Upon hearing of his families’ death, Macduff returns to Scotland to confront Macbeth, who is slain. The horrid acts performed by Macbeth were brought to justice through his death, and power was restored with the crowning of King Malcolm. Lady Macbeth was the driving force that kept pushing Macbeth to his terrible crimes. One crucial statement she made to her husband directly insulted Macbeth’s manhood, and manipulated him into committing heinous crimes, “What beast was't then, When you durst do it then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man..."(Shakespeare, 1.7, 47-49). In this statement Lady Macbeth resorted to
Macbeth becomes king and in the beginning it seems great but of course, it all starts to crumble in time. Duncan, who were the previous king, was a good man and Macbeth begins to feel guilt while also being filled with fear, for what comes next. Because of the thoughts Macbeth has, grim leadership sours his reign and he goes from being a king, to becoming an evil tyrant. To protect himself, he takes upon him the role as a cruel leader who executes and murder people who he sees as threats. If people would be too suspicious, Macbeth would have them silenced because of the fear that is in him.
There are an abundant amount of accounts in Shakespeare’s poem, Macbeth, which depict Macbeth as being morally ambiguous. Throughout the story, Macbeth is seen as heroic, evil, and misfortunate. Ultimately, Macbeth is tragic hero insofar as he was once a hero; however, he allowed for his ambition to get the best of him and lead him to his downfall. First of all, the beginning of the poem, the Sergeant glorifies Macbeth by notifying King Duncan of his heroic actions in battle. “For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name) disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like Valour’s minion carved out his passage, till he faced the slave, which never shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, till he unseamed
Their prophecies give him new ideas and goals that he would have never thought of before and is constantly seen thinking about their predictions. The first instance in which we see Macbeth thinking about the witch’s comments is right after they first appear to him. After they appear to Macbeth he says, “I am Thane of Cawdor: / If good, why do I yield to that suggestion” (1.3.133-134). This occurs just a few moments after the witches appear to both Macbeth and Banquo, declaring him Thane of Cawdor and future King of Scotland. In this quote Macbeth is saying why should he stop with just being the thane of Cawdor, why not achieve even more greatness; the greatness that the witches promised him.
A Tragic Hero Ambition is a good servant, but a poor master and the only way to control ambition, is to have self control. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a once virtuous man, who when corrupted by power and greed is driven from his status as well respected warrior, to a dishonest, unloyal murderer. Macbeth’s gluttony, pride, and ambitions led him to turn into an unstable, callous man who would stop at nothing just to gain power. His greed to achieve more power resulted in the merciless killings of his king, best friend, and other innocent civilians. His criminal actions lead up to his tragic ending of life, “They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly, / But bear-like I must fight the course,” (V, vii, 1-4).
Such as the enemy’s blood on Macbeth's sword after the war shows that he is a brave hero. The Captain speaks “For brave Macbeth, disdaining fortune, with his brandish steel, which smoked with bloody execution….” (I.ii.20). Everyone including King Duncan believes him to be a respectable, brave and honorable hero. Since the thane Cawdor was executed, Macbeth’s bravery makes him the thane of Cawdor. As Lady Macbeth states “Make thick my blood”
He believes that the earth itself will “prove armed solder’s, ere her native king” (R.II.3.2-25). Richard appears convinced that his name is enough to protect him “arm, arm my name” (R.II.3.2-82). However, this is false; and perhaps god abandoned his duty to Richard because Richard abandoned his duty as king. A notion had emerged by the time of Richards rule, “constitutional monarchy [...] a sovereign who rules according to the constitution” (Bagdanor1) and this notion was documented via “The magna Carta 1215” (Bagdanor3). Significantly the Magna Carta advocated that a sovereign must rule in accordance with the law and
Macbeth is seen to have ‘unseamed him from the nave to the chops.’ Shakespeare creates a violent image of Macbeth brutally killing Macdonwald. Macdonwald is the opponent warrior who was as violent as well, but Macbeth overpowers Macdonwald which suggests that Macbeth is very brutal. The use of ‘unseamed’ is a metaphor from clothing that shows his precision and expertise. Macbeth is seen as a heroic warrior in this act as he is fighting for Scotland. He is represented as a valiant character who hunts down Scotland’s enemies.