A combination of Macbeth’s ambition and paranoia lead to many senseless murders. He killed his best friend Banquo out of fear and he senselessly murdered Macduff’s family. The hallucination of Banquo’s ghost is a representation of Macbeth 's guilt, all of Macbeth’s guilt is manifested in the ghost. Macbeth states that he feels guilty because of the murders. “Ay, and since too, murders have been performed Too terrible for the ear.” (III, iv, 80-81) Seeing the ghost of Banquo is the breaking point for Macbeth.
Our Prince’s condition get so bad that he reaches the point of madness. This can be observed first when Hamlet is approached by his father’s ghost. This aspect of the play seems plausible due to the presents of several other characters who witnessed this. It is important, nonetheless, because Shakespeare uses scene drives the idea of revenge deep into Hamlet’s head. His condition clearly worsened when he killed Ophelia’s father, Polonius.
Macbeth succumbs to evil through his own imperfection, greed, which in turn causes him to upset the predetermined chain of being. “Shakespeare shows, with Macbeth as an example, that any man can turn evil due to the temptations led on by many things. His temptations of evil are led on by the witches prophecies, and by being manipulated by what others say” (Rosner). When Macbeth willingly murders, lies and deceives for his own personal betterment, he loses his self and his sanity. The parasitic nature of evil cause it to influence all objects that lay in its’ path, and Macbeth agrees to become evil's disciple.
This creates a vast amount of fear within the audience, because they can foresee Macbeth’s downfall as he turns into a murderer and will commit more until he is ultimately killed. The last point in which the audience exhibits the most pity throughout the play for Macbeth, is during his speech upon the realization that
Hubris is a flaw throughout many works of literature and can be seen prevalent through the course of history. Macbeth’s arrogance skyrockets throughout the play and proves to be his fatal flaw that leads him to his final state of mental decay, despair, and hopelessness. The hubris and lust for power create a blind, remorseless, killing machine that progressively worsens as his prophecy and actions unfold. Paranoia is a trait commonly found in tyrannical rulers, and is clearly seen in Macbeth. When he is told that Banquo is dead, but that Fleance has gotten away, Macbeth exclaims, “Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect;” (3.4.20).
The Metamorphosis of Macbeth Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth demonstrates what can happen when one pursues power at the expense of everything else. The main character, Macbeth begins the play as a strong character that is greatly admired, however as the play progresses, Macbeth's personality and actions become more and more deceitful. Macbeth’s deceit eventually leads to his destruction. Following the murder of Duncan, Macbeth realizes that the murder has put him into the control of demon forces which are the enemy of mankind. Macbeth recognizes that the conscious acts which torture him essentially reduce him to a human individual.
This deception is evident soon after when Banquo is concerned about the witches trying “to win us harm. / The instruments of darkness tell us truths /... ... middle of paper ... ...ower illustrate that even at the root of even the noblest man, can lie chaos and terror. In an ironic twist near the end of the play, Macbeth laments life and at the same time provides a perfect description of his own: “It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing” (V. v. 29-31). Although Macbeth has strived to become king, in reality his power was nothing but an illusion, created by his twisted fantasies and the sin residing within him. Works Cited Pilkington, Elaine.
As we can see, Macbeth was now a very corrupt and troubled man. Macbeth was a character who fell a long way from his state of mind and morality. He was tempted by the witches, and from this temptation, he began his evil reign of terror by murdering Duncan, his king and friend; spawning a doomed change of events that tempered Macbeth to the point where he became more willing to murder. From this, we saw that Macbeth was no longer able to function as an honorable and virtuous king by the end of the play. He had given up his noble state to reach his desire, and by doing so lost his ability to do Good; Evil corrupted his very nature.
Consequently, they take advantage of the king’s weakness when he is their guest and seize his throne. Shortly before the end of the play, Macbeth is gradually losing his passion and willingness to live when he utters, “Out, out, brief candle! / Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing” (V, v, 23-28). After learning about the harsh outcomes of his trickery such as his wife’s self-murder and his friends’ dispute to his kingship, he develops a new idea of life; life is an illusion, full of horrors and emotional disturbance, but still worthless.
This being the case, in the play Macbeth, Shakespeare puts forth the idea that by betraying others one is in turn betraying themselves. Shakespeare proves this by showing that at the conclusion of every murder Macbeth commits, he gradually declines on the ladder of respect and nobility. Macbeth starts off as a noble and respected leader. He is kind and a brave fighter. But after three witches give him a prophecy, he starts to betray other characters and becomes an evil malicious man.