Macbeth is gullible at first judgment, but soon became a man on a murderous rampage to keep his title as king of Scotland. Starting with murdering King Duncan to Birnam Wood advancing to Dunsinane, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth initiate Macbeth’s downfall. Starting with the witches’ prophecy, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis,/ All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor,/All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (Shakespeare 1.3.48-49), says Macbeth will receive the title of Thane of Cawdor but most importantly the title as king.
He believes that his title is still Thane of Glamis; yet here he has just been told that he shall be King. After hearing this Macbeth and his loyal friend Banquo find out that Macdonwald has been sentenced to death for betraying his country, and that King Duncan has named Macbeth Thane of Cawdor. After Macbeth hears this news he begins to think that the witches' predictions will all come true and he will be King. Although in the Elizabethan times witches were seen as evil and part of the supernatural, this is supported by the quote, "Fair is foul and foul is fair" This shows that Shakespeare wants the audience to perceive the witches as evil as they believe that Bad things are good and good things are bad. Despite this Macbeth cannot see through this and the witches plant the idea of being King into Macbeth's thoughts, which encourages Macbeth to consider his future.
Harcharan, Angelica TH 111 Professor Allison Crutchfield The Comparison of two plays Oedipus Rex by, Sophocles and, Macbeth by, William Shakespeare both have a variety of themes shared. The themes and important symbols not only shaped characters, but their decision choices. Oedipus Rex was one of the main characters he had fate to kill his father and marry his mother he was living the good life unlike Macbeth, he was thrilled about being king but, deciding on his own that he will murder Duncan to have the crown. The themes shared are power, truth, free will, going against the natural order, motivation and ambition. These themes mentioned relate on how the characters specifically acted and their decision choices.
After receiving the three prophecies, Macbeth is intrigue by the idea the he will be king hereafter. He soon shows his intention to carry out the prophecies in his aside: "The prince of Cumberland! that is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'er-leap, for in my way it lies" (I. iv. 55-57). 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.
This extract comes from act three scene one after Macbeth has killed the king, Duncan, in order to ascend to kingship and fulfil the witches’ prophesies more rapidly. It focuses on the effect the prophesy given to Banquo “thou shall get kings, though thou be none” (1.3.69) has on Macbeth’s mind and over his actions. There are two parts to this extract, the first being in the style of a soliloquy, the better to show Macbeth’s inner fear of Banquo, and the second being a dialogue with the first murderer, which establishes for the reader the extent to which Macbeth is willing to go to protect both his life and his crown. This extract focuses on two major parts of the play and how they affect Macbeth: ambition and morality. Ambition is Macbeth’s hubris and the entire play focuses on his ambition and how it brought his eventual downfall.
For Macbeth when the bait was dangled in front of him he could not resist taking a bite for when he knew that he had been made Thane of Cawdor and one prophecy had come true he wanted the next prophecy to also be true. At the point Macbeth is told he will be Thane of Cawdor by the witches there is dramatic irony because the audience already know Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and he doesn't. When Macbeth wanted to back out his wife curses him so he goes through with it. Macbeth is to blame for Duncan's murder but not completely. After Duncan's murder his sons flee and Macbeth is declared king, Macbeth turns untrustworthy and knowing that Banquo's kindred will someday be king Macbeth kills him, but Banquo's son Fleance lives and gets away.
Macbeth is a true Shakespearian tragedy, in which mast murders take place, in order for one man and women to take the throne and become king and queen. It starts with Duncan’s murder, which is done because Macbeth did not want to see Duncan’s son next in line for the throne and the only way to prevent that was by eliminating Duncan. The nest murder was that of Banquo. Banquo is a friend of Macbeth and his murder is un-predictable. Macbeth may have feared that if he did not kill Banquo, Banquo would kill him in order to gain a position power seeing that the witch’s just informed both Macbeth and Banquo that Macbeth will be the next King of Scotland and Banquo will never have the chance to hold the throne.
Act 3 Scene 1 of William Shakesepare's Macbeth Background King Duncan, has been murdered by Macbeth, and Macbeth is crowned King of Scotland. Banquo is back in the royal castle of Forres, and we find out, that he has been observing the recent events and is aware of the witches' prophecies. This prompts him to wonder if the prophecy made to him by the witches may also come true. Meanwhile, Macbeth fears that Banquo and his son Fleance may be an obstacle to him and plans their murder, keeping Lady Macbeth in the dark. Lastly, in this scene, Macbeth plans to kill Banquo and his son through hired assassins.
Instantly Macbeth started to fantasize how he is going to be king. He understood that in order for him to become king he has to kill Duncan. “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical”(Act 1 Sc. 3, p.23). He was pondering about the assassination until the moment that he could no longer control his emotions.
This drive pushes him to kill King Duncan of Scotland. Though he allows his desireful and determined character to achieve his fate of becoming king, he suffers the consequences of severe guilt due to his lack of impatience. If Macbeth was not as ambitious, the thought of killing Duncan would have never crossed his mind. As his mind becomes more power hungry, Macbeth sends three murderers to kill Banquo. Banquo has a chance of becoming king and the only way for Macbeth to make sure that does not happen is if he kills Banquo.