(40) Coles offers an explanation for this ambiguity in the play: Perhaps Shakespeare was taking for granted that his audience knew that the historian had said, "Duncan did what in him lay to defraud him [Macbeth] of all manner of titles and claims, which might in time to come pretend to the crown." Malcolm was under age, and this fact made Macbeth first heir to the throne. (40-41) L.C. Knights in the essay "Macbeth" mentions equivocation, unreality and other possible causes of ambiguity within the play: The equivocal nature of temptation, the commerce with phantoms consequent upon false choice, the resulting sense of unreality ("nothing is, but what is not"), which has yet such power to "smother" vital function, th... ... middle of paper ... ...e, NH: Richard R. Smith Publisher, Inc., 1957. Coursen, H. R. Macbeth: a Guide to the Play.
Guidance to Freedom or Just Another Tyrant? When most people think of Napoleon Bonaparte they think of either a tyrant emperor or a brilliant war strategist. Maybe both are right but in whatever conclusion any person comes to, they will know he was a small man who accomplished many great things. Napoleon conquered countries and developed a mass empire, which led to his celebrity like fame. He was a man that respected cultures and every religion and even cried when his men died on the battlefield.
In Act 1 Scene 3 the three witches greet Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor, Glamis and finally King. When Macbeth hears the witch's prophecy we see how willing he is to believe it. Later in the scene Macbeth is actually announced Thane of Cawdor. In a soliloquy Macbeth ponders upon what the witches have predicted: 'This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill cannot be good. If ill why hath it given me earnest of success commencing in a truth?'
The first witch calls out to Macbeth, “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!” She is telling him, he is now the leader of the clan. The second witch follows on with, “All hail Macbeth, hail Thane of Cawdor!” he has been chosen to lead the clan of Cawdor. The third witch’s prediction is perhaps, more prolific, “All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” These witches’ have no real power but, their words are a temptation to Macbeth. They are telling Macbeth he will become king, they do not say how he will accomplish it. They have a different message for Banquo.
Towards the end of the play Macbeth actually realizes and acknowledges the incredible amount of terror he has caused. Taking all these factors into account it is clear that William Shakespeare was portraying in his own way that the character Macbeth was perfectly reflects the traits of a tragic hero. In order to be considered a tragic hero a character must begin with an important standing at the beginning of the play and that is exactly the type of character that Shakespeare created. Macbeth is cousins with the Scottish King, holds the highest rank among nobles by becoming the Thane of Cawdor and Glamis. Macbeth i... ... middle of paper ... ...ail, Macbeth!
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The third is correctly stated, yet the audience is unsure of this truth. Macbeth is not the current King, but fittingly all will “Hail him King”. This profound prediction lays the bedrock for the argument of fate. Once again, the witches have a control over Macbeth and merely suggest the possibility and leave the rest up to Macbeth. We are given yet another proclamation, three to be exact, by the sisters.
Macbeth’s uncontrollable desire for the throne makes him the perfect example of a tragic hero. Macbeth was first recognized as a great general and an asset to the kingdom. He had the respect of the people and even the king, whom he first seems to have much respect and care for. After winning one of the biggest battles Macbeth and his friend Banquo encounter three witches, drastically changing the plot of the story. The prophesy from the three witches awaken Macbeth’s desire for the throne, however he didn’t stand alone.
The three points which contribute greatly to Macbeth’s degeneration are the prophecy which was told to him by the witches, Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeth’s judgment, and finally Macbeth’s long time ambition which drove his desire to be king. Although he was so far courageous and brave and he is seen as the hero at the beginning of the play, his sky high ambition causes his