The witches hail him Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King Hereafter. Banquo asks of his fate and is told that his sons will be kings. Soon after this Macbeth finds out that the thane of Cawdor betrayed Scotland and is going to be hanged, for his bravery in battle the king Duncan makes Macbeth Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth sees the witches predictions coming true and tells his wife about the predictions. Duncan announces that he is going to Macbeth's castle.
Lady Macbeth is Macbeth’s wife and she wants him to kill the king. Macbeth bounces back and forth with his decision to kill the king or not. Eventually he decides that he is not going to do it until Lady Macbeth talks him into doing the deed. Macbeth killing Duncan changes his ordinary life into a special world where it is okay to kill the king. His next trial was what he was going to about his suspicious best friend Banquo.
In the play Macbeth, the main theme is the corruption of power through unchecked ambition. Macbeth is a faithful soldier and a good man, until three witches tell him of his future. Upon telling his wife the grand news, she devises a scheme where Macbeth kills the king in order to make his future the present. Macbeth is wary at first, and often talks of his guilt and soul before the murder, but, in order to please his wife, and feed his desire to become king, he murders the poor king in his sleep. He then blames two guards for the deed and becomes king of Scotland.
His own human nature, paranoia and selfishness are what leads him to his death. Macbeth is to blame for his death at the end of the play. Macbeth is manipulated by the witches and believes in their prophecies. The witches have considerable influence over Macbeth throughout the play. First, their early predictions stating that he will be king, and then the predictions of the apparitions saying that he only could be murdered by someone that was not born of a woman.
Another prophecy made by the witches was that Banquo's son will be king. Fuelled by paranoia, lack of sleep andvisions, Macbeth was thrown into a state of confusion and a belief that the prophecies were inevitable. Lady Macbeth urged her husband to commit murder and it was this action that sparked Macbeth's downfall. When Lady Macbeth heard about the prophecies made by the witches, and how one of them had already come true, she called upon evil spirits to guide her through her task - killing the king. ."..
Macbeth was nervous, and paranoid of the crime he committed. “Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under’t” (1.5.65) Three witches tell Macbeth that he is in line of becoming king, thane of cawdor and thane of glamis. Duncan creates Macbeth thane of cawdor in thanks for winning the battle at forres. Macbeth writes to Lady Macbeth from the battle of forres and tells her what the witches said and she starts planning on killing king duncan, but doesn't say anything
He is then encouraged by his wife, Lady Macbeth, that in order to become king he must kill the king; so, Macbeth in the act of greed and selfishness, goes into a pursuit of power and murders the king. In Act 2 scenes 1, Macbeth begins setting out to kill the king. He shows an increasing desire to kill him. Before he does how ever, him and Banquo; another soldier of the king; have a conversation. “I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters- to you they have shown some truth.” Banquo says to Macbeth that the witches’ prediction about Macbeth becoming Thane of Cawdor came true.
As soon as Lady Macbeth sees weakness in her husband, she gives Macbeth a piece of advice that sets the tone for most of the play; “False face must hide what the false heart doth/ know.” (1.7.95-96). Lady Macbeth wants him to deceive everyone into believing that they had nothing to do with the murder, and were completely innocent. When Lennox and Macduff arrive at Macbeth’s door, it is very noticeable that Macbeth is feeling guilty and regretful. However, Lady Macbeth diverts all attention away from
that is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’er-leap, for in my way it lies” (I.IV.55-57). With the help of his wife, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth was able to take a dagger and kill the present King of Scotland, Duncan. “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so that my single state of man that function in smother’d in surmise, and nothing is what but is not”(I.iii.52-55). His ambition becomes so powerful he begins to think the witches are the ones who told him to murder Duncan! His first thought was killing the King, so they may have triggered his murderous ambition that has been
Macbeth agrees, and betrays the king’s trust by plotting his murder. He and Lady Macbeth plan to blame the murder on the king’s two chamberlains. Another act of betrayal is when Macbeth hires a group of murderers to kill Banquo, Macbeth’s friend, and Banquo’s son. Macbeth was trusted by both the king and Banquo. However, the need and urge for power overcame his senses and he was disloyal to both of them.