The characters determination for power causes them to carry out immoral acts. These actions play on the minds of the main characters as their guilty consciences torture them into madness. The text first shows that Macbeth is feeling guilty about desiring to kill Duncan in Act 1 scene 4, when Macbeth says, “Stars hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires.” This shows that he wants no one and nothing to see what he is plotting, affirming that Macbeth understands, unlike his wife, the wrong in contemplating murdering Duncan.
After Macbeth finally gives into the pressure and commits the murder of Duncan, his hands are stained with blood, representing his tainted conscience. When Macbeth meets with his wife directly after the murder he panics when he questions “What hands are here!” (II.2.76). Macbeth’s guilt is so heavily weighing upon him that he undergoes an identity crisis, not recognizing these “hangman’s hands” (II.2.37). Macbeth has committed the unthinkable. With his very, own hands he murdered Duncan, an honorable king, which drastically changes his perspective on life.
Macbeth Essay No matter how much you trust people there is always a chance that they could betray you. This happens in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Macbeth betrays King Duncan by killing him. Macbeth was power hungry, and by killing King Duncan he became king. Macbeth kills one of his best friends Banquo.
Downfall: Macbeth’s Malevolent Ambition William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a dark tale of murder, rape, deception, and the supernatural, and it very much reflects the state of England at the time. With the death of Elizabeth I, her distant Scottish cousin James took the throne, and many other relatives of the former queen were quite angry with the fact that James got the throne and not them. There was a huge conspiracy where many relatives planned to seize the throne, but the plot was foiled and the conspirators were tortured and then executed in a brutal fashion. Many historians believe the play was written because King James was Scottish and there were not many stories of Scotland, but the deeper reason is that he wanted to show the evils and dangers in having such large ambitions, such as regicides like the relatives of King James. Now in the play, Macbeth starts off as a loyal, courageous, stereotypical, drone like war hero but once a group of witches put this idea in his mind that he could become king, he starts spiraling downhill.
People are beginning to tuen against him and he feel she has nothing left to live for. He "My way of life is fall'n into the sere, the yellow leaf" It is at this point Macbeth feels he there is nothing worth living for, he feels he wants to die as nothing is going the way he planned for it to. He believes his life is is beginning to wither and die like a yellowing leaf in Autumn. The audience also feel pity for Macbeth because he learns his wife has commited suicide. I think he feels lonely and that his life is just dragging by.
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.
He is a merciless king who kills all in his path to the throne of Scotland; this ambition leads to unnecessary violence towards others. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a courageous, battle proven hero. During the opening scenes of the play, the audience has no idea that such a change of character could happen. Macbeth is convinced into his first murder, being King Duncan, by his wife, Lady Macbeth. The devil, or the evil spirits, take up many disguises, one of which is through Lady Macbeth.
Bobby Zhu Ms. Cruze English 2 January 4, 2012 Macbeth Although Macbeth was loyal to his wife, King and country, he became immoral after his wife force him to kill his own king, which made him feel guilty and influenced him to kill his best friend Banquo and Macduff’s family to cover his guilt from killing the king. Macbeth was immoral when he killed the king when he was at rest “I have done the deed. Didst thou not near a noise?”(65).This quote shows Macbeth has killed the king and asked his wife if she heard the violent noises. Macbeth did not only just kill the king but killed the king while he was asleep. This shows Macbeth is starting to act immoral.
Macbeth now kills without thinking or lifting a hair on his arm. This is clear in Act 4 scene 2 when Macbeth sends for the murder of Lady Macduff and her son. This marks the moment of Macbeth’s utter madness, he no longer is killing for political gain or to get rid of an enemy, but simply out of the desire to do harm and evil. However, Lady Macbeth’s guilt drives her to utter madness in a different direction. She now sleepwalks and always has a delusional belief that she has blood on her hands.
Macbeth’s uncontrollable craving for power caused him to make many reckless decisions. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth was told that he would become king. In order for this to happen, Duncan, the king at the time, had to die. Macbeth knew he had to kill Duncan but was unsure of it at first. His wife, Lady Macbeth, helped him follow through with it.