There’s something in everybody’s life, a force that we current throughout us, to become successful or to accomplish something good or bad, and that is what I will write about, Ambition. Ambition plays a huge role throughout the play Macbeth, and it’s the major theme throughout the play, it comes into play with tyranny too, which Macbeth is, which he wanted to be a great king, but his anxiety always made him thing he was going to be killed, if he was noble and was king the right way, he wouldn’t feel that way, being noble means he has no enemies, but as a murderer and people know he would have anxiety someone knows and will get him. Macbeths life was a great one, beautiful wife, general and even Thane of Cawdor in Act 1, his ambition as a soldier shown great success, if you fight for something and have ambition it helps to stride for victory, then to give up and plant false thoughts like you’re going to lose, because if you think negative, negative things will happen. In the beginning of the play Macbeth defeats the traitor Macdonwald he learns that he is becoming Thane of Cawdor, and he is quite noble of that “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.” Is what Duncan said, when he gave Macbeth the title. But when he was told that he would become king, he started to have carnivorous thoughts like becoming the king quicker than waiting, like maybe murdering the king for his title and blaming it on somebody else.
Hamlet – a 'noble' man? ACT 1 • GOOD Inspires devotion in his friends and subjects – Horatio & Marcellus follow Hamlet & are determined to protect him. BAD “I have that within which passes show, these but the trappings & the suits of woe” • Loyalty to his father's memory • Disgust at his mother & uncle's immorality “a beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourned longer” /// “oh most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets” • Remains respectful to Gertrude “I shall in all my best obey you madam” /// “It is not nor it cannot come to good, but break my heart for I must hold my tongue” [1st soliloquy – scene 2] • Certain that evil does not go unpunished on this earth “Foul deeds will rise, though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes” “My lord he hath importuned me with love in honourable fashion” [Ophelia to Polonius] • Love for Ophelia is pure “It is a custom more honoured in the breach than the observance” • Disapproves of excessive drinking • Brave: willing to risk God's wrath to speak to his father one more time “I'll speak to it though hell itself should gape and bid me hold my peace” Is this evidence that Hamlet is good? Already we see that it is possible to corrupt Hamlet – he will risk doing the 'wrong' thing if it means easing his grief & psychological suffering. His actions in speaking to the ghost show extreme bravery (it could be the devil in disguise) but also a disregard for his own safety because he is already experiencing suicidal despair “I do not set my life at a pin's fee” and does not care if he lives or dies.
The king should be patient, have justice, mercy and lowliness. Both Edward, who we will speak about later and Duncan are seen as saintly figures in this play while Macbeth has a horrible soul and is bound to hell. Duncan is a man of prayer while Macbeth cannot pray at all. The king’s most important duty is to protect his people which Duncan does, unlike Macbeth who turns against his people with a reign of terror. This shows just how Kingship is a good force shown by Duncan in this play.
Or would he have never found the courage to murder for his own personal gain? When we are first introduced to Macbeth, we are told that he is a war hero who would do anything to defend his king’s honor. His journey to unrighteousness begins when he first speaks with the three witches. They tell him “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (948). Macbeth first takes this in a joking manner, but soon begins to take it very seriously.
4. What is ironic about the lines “No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive..greet Macbeth”? This quote is ironic because King Duncan is completely deceived by Macbeth who he trusted. This quote relates to the previous Thane of Cawdor which King Duncan trusted and said he was his friend but betrayed him. This situation is similar to the betrayal of Macbeth and the King.
His conscience is telling him he shouldn't lie or defy the court and then his death, hanging from the noose, can be a proud one, accepted with honour after making his love and more importantly his peace with God. However his natural instinct, given to him upon his birth is telling him to lie. That he should lose his good name, confess to dealing with witchcraft. Telling him to lose some, perhaps all the respect people have for him but to keep his life. To lose his dignity but to keep his life.
In Macbeth’s soliloquy, (Act 1 Scene7) which is when he would be at the front of the stage by himself and expressing his feelings to us, the audience, he lets us know how he is feeling towards what Lady Macbeth has asked of him. He feels that by murdering Duncan it would be completely unnatural as he would be going against the social Hierarchy. Also, he would be betraying Duncan as he is his host who should be protecting him. Duncan completely trusts Macbeth so it would be awful to commit regicide Macbeth feels. This quote supports this: `He’s here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer, shut the door not, bear the knife himself.’ (1.7.12,13,14,15,16.)
Macbeth is a tragic play involving the loss of many lives, but could also be perceived as a personal disaster of a military hero. Initially, it portrays Macbeth as a noble man who had returned from a war with his best friend, Banquo. He is then rightfully crowned the Thane of Cawdor following the witches’ prophecy. This might have caused him to associate the two events after negotiating with Lady Macbeth about them. When Lady Macbeth informs Macbeth about the plan of murdering Duncan, he refuses to do so as he says “We will proceed no further in this business”.
Although Macbeth desires to be King he still has his doubts about the murder. Shakespeare shows that Lady Macbeth serves as a foil to Macbeth because her static character shows strong and evil strategies that bring out Macbeths cowardly actions and apprehensive conscience for becoming King, making Macbeth look as if he is weak. Macbeth is seen as a very brave and determined character at the beginning of the play after winning the battle at Norway. Even though Macbeth is seen to be a positive role model, he is naïve and easily fooled into doing things his original character would not intend on doing. In the play Macbeth is persuaded by Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan in order to get the “ornament of life,” which would be taking the thrown.
From this point of view, Marlowe’s play is the dramatized version of the medieval morality play, Everyman. Doctor Faustus becomes a morality play in which heaven struggles for the soul of renaissance Everyman namely Faustus. In the play, the Good Angel and the Bad Angel derived from the medieval morality plays like “The Castle of Perseverance”. They are, sometimes, regarded as the externalization of the thoughts of Faustus. The Angels are independent absolutes, one wholly good and one wholly evil.