The Power of Greed and Malevolence in Macbeth William Shakespeare's Macbeth is not necessarily a play of fate, but rather a tragedy that occurred as a result of uncontrollable greed and malevolence by Macbeth and his wife. The weird sisters only make suggestions about Macbeth's road to kingship; they do not cast spells to make true all their predictions. These interpretations lead Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan and secure the title Thane of Clawdor. While in kingship Macbeth elects to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance, for Macbeth was fearful about losing his throne to Fleance. Senseless violence and inner rage cause the King of Scotland to murder Macduff's children and wife.
After his encounter with the witches this is not the case anymore. Ambition is what drives Macbeth, and he only needs the suggestion of what could be his for him to go get it. The sisters enjoyed seeing the downfall of Macbeth by his own selfish actions.Without the witches, his desire to be king would have not been great enough for him to commit murder; the witches are his evil side. The weird sisters play as catalyst in the story as they change the storyline with their foresights. Without the witches, the story would of course lose weirdness, but the story would collapse and the conflict would vanish.
James I was terrified of witches because he thought that a group of them made a storm to try and kill him, then have a wax statue of him melt and die. Consequently a Jacobean audience would instantly know they were witches by the way they wo... ... middle of paper ... ...d let nature take its course to see who would become king and fate shouldn’t be changed. It is lady Macbeths fault that the murder took place because it was her idea to kill Duncan and it was her who persuaded Macbeth to do it. However Macbeth was the person who actually killed Duncan and some may argue that it was his fault for being weak and being to easily persuaded by Lady Macbeth, and did he always want to murder Duncan but he just needed pushing from lady Macbeth and she knows that he is weak and needs pushing “And live a coward” she knows that he is not very strong minded. Macbeth was most likely not to become king unless he interfered so he had listened to what the witches had said but then he was fuelled by ambition to become king.
This causes... ... middle of paper ... ...characters that are important in contributing to Macbeth’s downfall. The witches are an example of this as they deliver prophecies to Macbeth that are necessary to Macbeth’s change in attitude and which lead to his downfall. The witches cause Macbeth to believe he is destined to be King and that no one is able to stop him. Additionally, Duncan is significant to Macbeth’s downfall. Duncan is murdered by Macbeth in order for him to become King and this murder makes Macbeth more ambition and determined which leads to his downfall.
The Guilt of Lady Macbeth Everyone is influenced by other people, including leaders or authority, to make the wrong decisions at some point in their lives. In the play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is responsible for the evil doings of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is responsible for this by using his love for her to persuade him into killing King Duncan. Because Macbeth loved and trusted his wife, he was vulnerable to her opinions and suggestions. We also know that she is responsible for these heartless things because she has so much guilt that she commits suicide.
The inevitable demise of Macbeth was set in motion by Lady Macbeth’s greed for power, but by Macbeth becoming King and gaining all this power his morals suffered greatly, and he became fearful and paranoid of anyone that was a possible threat to his throne. In Macbeth Lady Macbeth is perceived to be very evil and conniving, she is the catalyst that pushes Macbeth into killing King Duncan. She emasculates and manipulates him, causing his psychotic tendencies. Before the murder of Duncan, Macbeth played the role of a honorable servant of the King, and was praised for killing the traitorous Thane of Cawdor. Instead of the praise of Macbeth’s bravery bettering his personal integrity, he lets his prophesies that the witches informed him about go to his head.
When finding out that one of the predictions came true, he was led to believe he would become a great king. The witches misguided Macbeth by only telling him half truths and tricked him into a disastrous path that would lead to his demise. Also, the three seers helped influence Macbeth by letting him see a part of himself that was hidden inside him. “They planted the seed of evil in Macbeth's head that grew to dominate his mind.” (Witches Influence on Macbeths Decisions), which, let his desire consume him until the only thing he thought about was to become king. The witches’ prophecies were not the only force that influenced Macbeth into committing a crime but his own faults also influenced him.
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.
The apparitions are also prophecies, but they show how Macbeth will die even though he is unaware of this. The hallucinations are the result of being guilty because of the crimes Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have committed. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth were greedy and wanted to reign. Their hopes of becoming king and queen did come to life, but it ultimately destroyed them. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth allow supernatural events turn them into evil human beings, and the life they believed they would have because of these events resulted in two people losing their minds.
Overall I think that Macbeth is to blame for the death of King Duncan because however much someone tries to make someone commit a murder, it is always the murderers fault, as he did not have to listen to his wife or the 3 witches. When the witches told Macbeth about him becoming King, they may have meant that Duncan might have died naturally. But instead he made an immediate reaction and started thinking in an evil way with tragic consequences.