Whether or not he is blamed with this murder he is going to have to live with knowing he has taking a mans life. After being chosen for kingship Macbeth’s deviant plans aren’t done with yet, for he now must commit more murders and hide even more truths to remain in power. One strong example of the continuation of this murderous kingship is when Macbeth realizes that what the witches have prophesized that Banquo is going to be the father of kings. It is suggested that there is some complications preventing either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth from having children. Now Macbeth has fear of losing his power so he must act by sending out to murder Banquo and his sons.
Shakespeare Essay Shakespeare’s Macbeth is about a man who lets his desire destroy him and others around him. His desire to gain power made him kill innocent people and believe the prophecies of the three witches. Macbeth doesn’t let anyone get on his way to get what he wants. As a result of being greedy to become king and gain power he is left with nothing and is murdered. In the beginning of the scenes Macbeth goes from noble, to guilt-ridden.
One reason for this is when he ordered to kill Maduff”s family. He did this because Macduff was going to try and overthrow him. He also is referred to as “hand cursed” (3.6.29-53). He is referred to as this because everything he touches turns evil or dies. Therefore, the final stage he reaches by the end of the story is just a mean, cold hearted, tyrant.
Line 51 -53, “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck. Till thou applaud the deed. This quote refers to the murder of Banquo and that Macbeth killed him on his own term, without consulting with Lady Macbeth first. He tells her after the incident and wants her to acknowledge his triumph. The murder was caused only because of his ambition for power and that Banquo poses a threat.
He hires a few cutthroats and tells them "Both of you/ Know Banquo was your enemy" ( III. i. 129-130). He lies in order to trick the murders into thinking that Banquo is their enemy. Therefore, the murderers kill Banquo while the Macbeth does nothing.
Now it’s ironic how they were great friends and companions towards each other, however Macbeth is the one who ultimately kills Banquo without even laying a finger on him. Macbeth’s guilt from Duncan’s murder carried on in Macbeth’s life, as he was too scared to fight off this darkness. Now Macbeth was faced with a decision whether or not to murder Banquo to keep his royal prophecies true. With the help of his gang, the decision was clear enough for him not to pass. Instead of Macbeth directly killing Banquo, Macbeth hired his gang members to act out this murder.
Pushed by the idea that he could be king, his growing ambition and misguided confidence in the prophecies makes Macbeth starts to ignore his conscious. After he is crowned king, Macbeth changes for the worse. He would turn into an evil, brutal killing man with no sense of morals. From the beginning to the end, it’s as if Macbeth has changed in character completely. The actions he took from killing Banquo, then having Lady Macduff and her children murdered, shows the insecurity that was present in Macbeth.
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.
“Thou hast it now—King, Cawdor, Glamis, all / As the Wëird Women promised, and I fear / Thou played’st most foully for ‘t. Yet it was said / It should not stand in thy posterity, / But that myself should be the root and father / Of many kings.” (81) Though he knew that something was up, he chose to ignore this instinct for his own personal gain, because, as it was promised, he should bear many Kings of the future. This proved an unwise choice, as the deceitful Macbeth had him murdered by hired hit men to make sure him or his offspring would not attempt to kill him. “O treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!
Once power has reached the wrong hands it can be abused. Macbeth is a man who shows the terrible effects of ambition, guilt, and the lacks strength. To gain his power he commits murder, he has a weak mindset, and he lets his fear take over him. In “Macbeth” Macbeth gains power by having the urge to kill. The more he does it the more he feels it gets easier to do and the more he thinks he needs to do it to get what he wants, which is to become king.