Whiles I see lives, the gashes Do better upon them.” (V, viii). At the beginning of the play, we view Macbeth as being a hero who would defend his King and country against traitors. He also holds a lot of guilt about killing Duncan, and is commanded by his own wife to do so. When Macbeth progresses into a villain, he becomes more detached from Lady Macbeth and can make decisions without her. With this, he becomes more ruthless in his efforts to stay as the King of Scotland and people describe him as ‘This tyrant’ (V, iii) and ‘A dwarfish thief’ (V, ii).
Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to murder king Duncan by putting his manhood and courage at stake. Macbeth is represented as a tolerably good man up to the time when evil opportunity and a bad wife conspired to transform him into a villain. (Clayden) Since Macbeth was known as a genuinely good man, this desire he had to become king led him to take these huge risks in ruining his reputation. The Witches’ prophecies pushed Macbeth to a point of evil thoughts in order to get what he wanted. His uncontrollable desires led him to the point of evil, and the ambition is too strong for him to realize the wrong he is doing.
In the beginning, Macbeth was seen as a hero but then external and internal forces helped influence him to make the wrong decisions. Macbeth was seen as a reliable hero until he was persuaded to go against everything he stood for. Macbeth was swayed to commit murder against his own cousin by the witches’ prophesy, his own ambition, and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth yielded to his influences and let them change him completely. Even though Macbeth was seen as a loyal cousin to the king at first, there were many influences that led him to commit his first murder.
In order to hide the fact that Macbeth killed the king, he deceived his friend Banquo. By the influence of Lady Macbeth, Macbeth portrayed himself with false appearance in order to mislead others. By analyzing and inferring from the quotations in the play, the deception of Macbeth to Duncan, Banquo and Lady Macbeth and his motivations will be explained. In order to hide his true intentions of becoming king, Macbeth had to project an image as a loyal general to the king. Upon his arrival in Forres, Macbeth told Duncan that he would do “everything / Safe toward your love and honor” (act 1 scene 4 line 30-21) which interprets as a false statement since during his conversation with the witches, Macbeth was thinking of murdering the king instead of protecting him.
With the help of his wife, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth was able to kill the Duncan, the king of Scotland, a man whom trusted and loved Macbeth. With Duncan dead and the two princes fleeing, Macbeth was crowned king of Scotland. In the end, Macbeth had fulfilled his prophecies but in doing, he had committed treason against his country. Macbeth's second great crime was committed against his friends, the people around him whom use to admire him. After he had been crowned king, Macbeth believed his greatest obstacle had been overcame but that assumption was far the truth.
He is also portrayed as a heartfelt and caring man, when he himself decides that it is the wrong thing to do to murder the country’s own king – Duncan so that he can be king like the witches said. Everything about his character near the start of the play is good, and it seems as though he was the person people idolised at the time. Lady Macbeth gets a letter from Macbeth, in which she learns that the three witches had told Macbeth his destiny was to become King. ‘All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!’ ‘All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!’ ‘All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!’ She thinks that Macbeth is too weak to do anything about confirming this prophecy, and as a result decided to transforms herself instead, hoping that with her support, Macbeth will allow the witches’ predictions to come true.
This title is given in recompense of the previous Thane’s betrayal to the king. His actions led to the opening of his lands and titles, conveniently enough for Macbeth. Act 2 is filled with the art of conspiracy. In Scene 2, the Macbeth and his Lady scheme against the crown and plot to murder Duncan in his sleep. The role reversal of husband and wife is represented in the belittling of Macbeth, his own “retribution” for being incompetent to carry out the plans exactly.
Sometimes the most reliable of people can end up betraying someone else as seen in the case of King Duncan from the play of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. King Duncan was a good King but his greatest flaw was to always trust the wrong people such as the one that used to be the Thane of Cawdor. “He was an absolute gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust.”(1.4.13-14). apparently the King didn’t learn his lesson and ended up causing his own death. He made the mistake of putting his trust in the hands of Macbeth, a great warrior who people greatly admired before he killed their king and committed other violent and serious crimes just to get what he wanted.
Shakespeare engages the audience's sympathy at the beginning of the play for Macbeth by revealing the positive way in which he is perceived by others. Macbeth is deeply lauded, and very highly thought of by King Duncan, who then ironically awards Macbeth with the title "Thane of Cawdor". The irony here is that the last Thane of Cawdor was a traitor as he will soon be, too. Macbeth's kindness at the beginning of the play interferes with the murder of Duncan as Lady Macbeth also mentions in her soliloquy that Macbeth... ... middle of paper ... ... we still feel sorry in the sense others have also part to take, causing his death. In conclusion, to a sympathetic extent, we can feel pity for Macbeth.