The first step was to kill King Duncan, who was the current King of Scotland. After he did this, the next step was to make sure that he wouldn’t get caught. Duncan’s guards had to be framed for this to happen, and later on in some emotional rage, Macbeth kills the guards. The witches’ prophecy coming true so fast led to Banquo, Macbeth’s good friend getting suspicious. Macbeth’s greedy emotions to achieve everything without letting anything get in the way would not let this happen.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the main character initially demonstrates qualities of being a tragic hero, but by conclusion of the play his deceitfulness and his overwhelming gullibility lead him to be portrayed as a criminal. Macbeth has serious issues with power, greed, and even his own self- esteem and self- conscious. He knows when he kills Duncan and Banquo that it is the wrong thing to do but he still does it anyways. He also becomes obsessed with idea of power and becomes more power hungry as each day passes. He has become an unstoppable killing machine who believes he is invincible once the three witches reveal their prophecies and their apparitions to Macbeth.
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.
These actions sprout from the seeds of others, seeds that others plant, seeds that manipulate his mind into taking drastic measures. These people drive Macbeth into a scary world. A world filled with death and insanity. It is apparent that the three witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth are the source of all of Macbeth’s actions. The three witches are the roots of Macbeth’s lust for power and his fear of death.
With the predictions of the witches, there is an immediate shift of Macbeth’s character. Macbeth, soon after discovering the second prediction of the witches is correct, he begins contemplating the last prediction, his murder of Duncan. Macbeth while contemplating states, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, / Shakes so my single state of man that function / Is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is / But what is not”(Shakespeare 1.3.159-162). Macbeth’s aside begins his downfall, already starting to shift his character from a loyal nobleman to the ambitious tyrant, with this very acceptance of his “fate”. Additionally, soon after Macbeth’s return , Lady Macbeth, aware of the witches’ prediction, begins pressing Macbeth to murder
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.
Along the battle, Banquo and Macbeth encounters the witches. The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland. He that ideal was skeptical until Duncan's soldier came and thanked him and Banquo for the vicotry in battle and to tell MAcbeth that he was indeed been named Thane of Cawdor. Now, he's uncertain for what he expects if the prophecy is correct. Then road home to his wife and told her what happened.
He went mad. He believed that everyone was trying to kill him and take his throne as King. As a result, he started murdering everyone. Firstly, he ordered some murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance, because Macbeth saw Banquo’s ghost being crowned King. He succeeded to kill Banquo but failed to kill Fleance.
He seems to also become scared of what he is now capable of, as he is repeatedly reminded of the deed that had then taken place. Seeing Banquo’s apparition at the feast causes Macbeth to scream, leading the guest to imagine that the new King has gone mad. It is said that ghost serve only two purposes; unfinished business and untimely deaths. Macbeths mind has spiralled out of control; he can no longer sleep. This was earlier mentioned in Act 2 scene 2, when Macbeth told his wife that “Still it cried, “Sleep no
After Macbeth had heard this he didn’t believe the witches but when he got to the base the King (Duncan) announced that since the last Thane was a traitor he will be killed and because of Macbeth’s brave acts in the war he is the new Thane of Cawdor. The prophecies had suddenly started to fall in place and Macbeth didn’t believe this was all happening. Now he couldn’t wait till the throne became his and had day dreams to sabotage the throne by killing Duncan and the rightful owner of the throne according to him. Suddenly Macbeth’s ambition was to become the king of Scotland at any cost. Lady Macbeth starts taking interest in the witches prophecies and forces Macbeth to kill Duncan.