Macbeth’s actions are just as poorly chosen as the murder’s that commit the crime today. Macbeth killing anyone in his way is not a way to get to royalty. Succeeding by performing great expectations should be the way Macbeth would want to receive the glory of royalty. Macbeth is seen as good in the beginning of the play for helping his country in fighting against the Norwegian king wanting to harm his familiar surroundings. As the play goes on Macbeth becomes greedy after the mysterious visit of the three witches telling him he will become king.
One of the main messages he is trying to deliver to us is to always weigh what you achieve to what the consequences will be. This especially holds true for Macbeth, as when first contemplating if he should kill Duncan, not once did he think of how he could be punished. Also, when Macbeth first hears the witch’s prophecy of him being a king, he jumps directly to the idea of murder. This kind of thinking is exhibited in Macbeth’s monologue in scene 5 act 5, where he discus’s the uselessness of living, and this attitude towards life made him go mad. This also points to how unintelligent Macbeth really was.
Thus, all of the mistakes he made from the beginning and not seeing each one he was making, it leads him into death. Macbeth is a man blinded by his ambitions. Every step he took made people be suspicious of him and not want him as a king, for the way he was. He was unaware of death getting close to him. Due to this he payed the consequences by his head being slaughtered.
If they had not told him that he would become king, he would not even imagine that. But since they did tell him, he received new ambition and greed to finally kill the king and become king himself. After he was firmly on the throne, he began to get scared that someone was after him and the throne. He went to the witches and received influence again. He received three apparitions, but of two types: one that stated that he was going to be killed by Macduff, and two that stated that he should not be scared, because he is going to be killed by someone that is not woman born, and before that happens a forest of trees has to walk.
One of the main ideas Shakespeare tried to pursue was betrayal. “Look like the innocent flower /But be the serpent under it.” (Macbeth I, IV, 65-66) This quote can be used to describe the role of the characters in this play. Deceiving means to cause to believe what is not true; mislead. The Witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth, play a big part with misleading others throughout the play. When Shakespeare wrote the play Macbeth he showed that being dishonest and misleading will bring you nothing in life but
In your opinion, how responsible are the witches for Macbeth’s downfall? ‘All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter.’ Act 1 Scene 3 The witches played a crucial part in Macbeth’s downfall; however, I firmly believe that they should not be solely responsible for it. They were the wood, set up and ready for ignition. Lady Macbeth was the kindling, her enthusiasm for her husband to do the wrong thing, caused Macbeth to do what he knew he shouldn’t. And finally, Macbeth’s own ambition was to blame.
In Act I Scene III, Macbeth shows murderous thoughts of killing Duncan. Line 57, “great predictions/ of noble having… That he seems rapt withal… Line 140, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical.” These two quotes are of ambition for the throne, these thoughts are mere expressions of his inner evil. His thoughts are purely of himself, without any interference from Lady
Even though Macbeth chose to murder Duncan, he first shows guilt and regret for it when telling his wife of the voices he heard after killing Duncan. He believes that the voices are correct and that he will never be able to sleep again so his emotions start to take over his thinking. Macbeth had killed the King so he was already headed down the slippery slope of sin, so after Macbeth killed Duncan, he killed the two King’s Chamberlains to have murderers that could not be questioned as his alibi. He was already too caught up in his future potential that he did not care anymore what he did or who he killed. It was Macbeth’s frame of mind to murder whoever so that he may be king that started his
Macbeth’s ambitious nature was the catalyst for the deaths of many characters, including his own. At first, in order to gain absolute power, Macbeth performed regicide to become King and receive the top position on the ‘Great Chain of Being.’ However, it was found that he was afterwards plagued with insecurity, as he claimed, ‘To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus.’ Macbeth would be unsatisfied until he had absolute security over his power. As Macbeth’s insecurity and fear of losing power grew, the degree of his violence amplified. It drove him to the murder of his own friend, Banquo, the murder of the Macduff family, which involved innocent women and children, and in the end, another civil war. In addition, Macbeth’s naivety was also responsible for the tragedies, and his own downfall.
In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, a numerous amount of hateful actions are committed, especially the death of King Duncan. I believe that Lady Macbeth should be held more responsible for the murder of Duncan than Macbeth because she went out of her way to convince Macbeth to kill him, then covered it up, and felt guilty and received karma for what she did. Although he agreed to actually murdering the king, if it wasn’t for lady Macbeths intentions Macbeth would have not gone through with the plan. Lady Macbeth made Macbeth the horrible human he became; she is more capable of evil than he is. She has great influence over