Macbeth is a tragic hero who causes suffering by committing murder and distress, exemplifying the negative effects of a bloodthirsty desire for power. Lady Macbeth torments her husband Macbeth in going through with the evil deed of murder which leads her to be the villain. Macbeth begins in this play as a loyal, trustworthy warrior who sees himself later as king. When the witches confront Macbeth about the prophecy of him becoming king, his aspiration is distressed by his physical audacity and self ambiguity. The witches Prophecy upon Macbeth cause him to feel restless and have thoughts about if it is destined for him to become king.
But after three witches give him a prophecy, he starts to betray other characters and becomes an evil malicious man. Therefore, by betraying others he is being scurrilous to his sense of humanity and how others view him. Macbeth’s betrayal of Duncan is the first major form of betrayal portrayed in the play. In short, Duncan trusts Macbeth full-heartedly, and Macbeth stabs him in the back. He does this because he is too malcontent with how he is currently living and is allured by the thought of what Duncan has: power.
The Destruction of Ambition without Morality in Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth, the story of a Scottish general who receives a prophecy that he will one day become king, uses many different images to complete the function that Shakespeare was trying to convey. The function of imagery in this play expresses ideas, creates character, and adds atmospheric effects. There is an immeasurable power of evil in one man, and Macbeth fits this line perfectly. After his murder of Duncan, his tyrannical reign begins and Macbeth is forced to continue on with more and more murders to protect himself from suspicion. This killing spree that results propels Macbeth and his wife to a fate of madness and death.
These actions can also have another name; corruption. Throughout The Tragedy of Macbeth, we see Macbeth change from a noble and brave soldier, loved by all, into a mere shadow, servant of darkness. We meet Macbeth after a battle, the result of which has him named Thane of Cawdor. From this position, he falls to a paranoid man willing to do anything to remain in power. This fall can be seen soon after the murdering of Duncan, when Macbeth soon finds that he has an insatiable need to kill Banquo.
All of these deaths are a result of Macbeth’s over ambition to become king, fuelled by the prophecies of the evil witches. Like Macbeth, a tragic hero has choices, a conscience of right from wrong and in the end must die, because to live would create mayhem and a feeling that his actions were justified.
This sets the reader up to feel sorry for him when bad things happen to him, although Macbeth’s troubles are brought on himself. Two of the main points that contribute to Macbeth’s fall are the fact that he listens into the prophecies of the witches far too deeply, and that he is over-ambitious. Because he takes what the witches tell him so seriously, Macbeth’s life ends up being consumed with the maintenance of his kingship. Macbeth loses his wife, his popularity, and eventually his own life. Because of Macbeth’s over-ambitiousness, he finds himself killing his best friend, and fighting against all odds to maintain his goal of being king.
The witches' predictions sent Macbeth into his own world where he could not be stopped on his way to becoming king. The brave hero from in Act I has metamorphosised in to someone or something that is completely villainous. Although Lady Macbeth at times in the play provided the spark that caused Macbeth to commit murder, and although she may be villainous, Macbeth is ultimately far more villainous. He will do anything and will stop at nothing to preserve the crown in his head and is entirely driven by his greed and ambition. Macbeth’s rise and fall from power in the play, Macbeth relates very closely to the quotation, “Power corrupts.
There are multiple characters that either lit the fuse of Macbeth’s ambition, or cut the fuse to make it shorter, thus leading him along the path to evil. Although one could argue that both Lady Macbeth and the Weird Sisters affected Macbeth, they only played a minor role. The main fault lies with Macbeth himself, a man so blinded by ambition and rage that he resorts to murder to achieve his goal. The main source of evil is Macbeth due to his twisted reasoning on the prophecies that he hears, as well as the sinister feelings that are hiding inside of him even from the beginning of the play; illustrating that even those who seem most noble and valiant can have evil present within them. One of Macbeth’s greatest tricks is his power of deception, which he shockingly uses to betray his friends, colleagues, and even his king.
This is what set him for the status of a tragic hero, his background in nobility. Macbeth played a key role in his downfall. His ambition drove him to kill his own king and this was the genesis of the decline of his moral compass and initiated his becoming of a tragic hero. Macbeth’s ambition merged with the two other contributors to his downfall and... ... middle of paper ... ...were awakened and enlightened and led him to come to constantly inquire from the witches about how he could become the King of Scotland. As the story goes on, Macbeth puts all of his faith and trust in the prophecies of these witches and this ultimately led to his downfall.
The presence of supernatural forces in William Shakespeare’s, “Macbeth,” provides for much of the play’s dramatic tension and the mounting suspense. Several supernatural apparitions throughout the play profoundly affect Macbeth and the evil forces eventually claim Macbeth and destroy his morals. Macbeth’s ambition was driven by the prophecies of the three witches and unlike Banquo, he was willing to do anything to assure that they actually transpire. Macbeth is horrified at the notion of killing Duncan, his King and kinsman, but he eventually succumbs to the evil forces and this leads to his downfall. Macbeth further compromises his honor by arranging the murder of his best friend, Banquo.