To Banquo they said that he will father many kings, but never will be one. This starts the play off with Macbeth thinking of ways to become King. Once Macbeth becomes Thane of Cawdor he starts devising a plan to become king. Macbeth decides that he is unable to kill the king because of his great respect for him. "He's here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subjects, Strong both against the deed; then as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself" (1.7.12-16) This is where Lady Macbeth comes into Macbeths fall.
Macbeth is Responsible In Williams Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, there are many acts in which Macbeth proves that he is responsible for his own death. Macbeth is a tragedy involving the murder of multiple characters. Macduff physically murdered Macbeth; though Macbeth is responsible through his own actions. Macbeth believes the witches prophecies, and caves when Lady Macbeth pressures him to murder King Duncan. His own human nature, paranoia and selfishness are what leads him to his death.
Macbeth and the Extraterrestrial In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the supernatural plays an essential role in the character development of the most important characters. Prophecies of greatness, brought on by three witches and led by their leader Hecate, lead to corruption in even the most loyal of men. The theme of what these witches say, “Fair is foul and foul is fair” make people believe good things will happen, when really they are being led astray. One man – Macbeth himself – falls prey to these prophecies, leading him to betrayal, murder, and even insanity. In the time of Shakespeare, people were very superstitious, so he used the witches for theatrical effect.
It seems that most people believe that Macbeth is the real villain of the play, after firstly killing the King but then Banquo and Macduff’s family but through Macbeth’s own ambition and desire for power, Lady Macbeth was able to manipulate and evoke weaknesses in Macbeth’s character to cause his respectable needs as a loyal solider, to turn into evil motivations. In the course of the play Macbeth’s mind changes from thinking logically to thinking unreasonably and acting impulsively on every thought that comes to his mind. The ideas that Lady Macbeth had and the prophesies from the witches came together to lead Macbeth into the conflicted character he become, going from a loyal, respected soldier into a tragic flawed hero. Before Macbeth’s character shifted into villainy he was a loyal and respected thane. His desire for power grew throughout the play and begins when he first encoumis, then they hail him the thane of Cawdor, which he didn’t yet know of, to him soon would be his next, second title.
So he is thinking about killing the king to become king but his mind is telling him that it’s a bad idea so he is confused about what to do. In Scene 4, Macbeth finds out that Malcolm has been made Prince, so to Macbeth has to either give up or get rid of him in order to become King. He then decides that he is going to do it eventually even though he kind of doesn’t want to, so he will do it but he won’t look at his hand while he does it to try and relieve some of the guilt. In Scene 5, Lady Macbeth talks about her husband, Macbeth. She says that he will be King as he was promised, but she doesn’t know if he has what it takes to take the crown.
Early on the witches reveal prophecies to Macbeth suggesting his rise to power. This claim influences Macbeth’s actions throughout the play and leads to his eventual downfall. While the witches offer the idea of the supernatural, Macbeth alone made the choice to believe in it. It is his individual choice that is responsible to blame, not the supernatural itself. The witches never told Macbeth to kill; they merely stated that he was to become king.
Driving ambition is the outright desire to achieve a certain goal, regardless of any possible consequences. Macbeth’s ambition is commonly seen as so dominant a trait that is defines the character. Throughout the play Macbeth displays the fatal flaw within his character that is at fault for the tragic chain of events within the play, which ultimately lead to his death. Macbeth displays signs of his driving ambition right from the start of the play when he first meets the witches and explores it further when he contemplates and commits the murder of Duncan and kills Duncan. Ambition has an immediate effect on Macbeth right from the start of the play.
At first Macbeth agrees, but later Macbeth is having second thoughts on his decision. But Lady Macbeth is sure that being king is what Macbeth wants and that this is the best for both of them. So in response to Macbeth’s uncertainty, she manipulates him by questioning his manhood and his love for her. At one point she wishes that she were not a woman so that she could do it herself ‘‘Unsex me here’’…/’’come to my woman’s breasts, and take my milk for gall’. Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband with remarkable effectiveness, overriding all his objections, when he hesitates to murder, she repeatedly questions his manhood until he feels that he must commit murder to prove himself.
The prophecies told to Macbeth by the Witches were one of the factors that contributed to the degeneration of his character. The prophecies made by the witches aroused Macbeth's curiosity of how he could become King of Scotland. As the play progresses, Macbeth slowly relies more and more on the witches prophecies. The influence of Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth also contributes to his degeneration of character. Lady Macbeth plays an important role in this play as she provides a scheme for Macbeth to assassinate King Duncan.
For an example in Act 1 scene 3 when the witches told Macbeth he would be the Thane of Cawdor and then it became true. Macbeth would not have any intention to kill Duncan if he would have never met up with the witches. Macbeth’s quote in Act 1 Scene III “This supernatural soliciting/cannot be ill; cannot be good: [...] / If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/ whose horrid image doth unfix my hair[...]” This quote clearly states that Macbeth was influenced by the