After Macbeth gets the justification straight in his head, he is equipped to go on his quest for King of Scotland. Macbeth was not virtuous in controlling his own destiny. He let the witches ultimately talk him out of his righteousness and the idea he had that his worthy engagements will make him king one day. The witches of doom were very essential to Macbeth starting disarray within himself and falling into his own fate. Without the witches in the play, foreshadow and suspense would be lost: Macbeth would have eventually earned King of Scotland in the future with his own bravery and leadership.
Here's another / More potent than the first." The vaulting ambitions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth lead to the death of King Duncan. For the sake of Macbeth's ambition, he is willing to murder his cousin, Duncan. Macbeth realizes that murdering his king is perfidious and blasphemous because every king is set on throne by God; he is driven by his undying aspiration to steal the throne and be king: "I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself / And falls on th' other." Lady Macbeth is also moved by her avarice to be alongside her husband on the throne.
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.
William Shakespeare's Macbeth The play 'Macbeth' gives the audience plenty of opportunities to consider the reasons for the main characters actions. In this essay I will consider how far Macbeth is driven by his own ambition how far he is driven by lady Macbeth's ambition and how far he is driven by the influence of the supernatural powers. It may be that Macbeth is fed up of simply being a warrior and may already want more power, although he is already considered as 'Brave Macbeth' The murder of Duncan is partly because of his own ambition to be king partly due to his wife's life ambition to become queen and also the influence of the supernatural. Macbeth is so willing to believe the witches prophecy that he is to become Thane of Cawdor and eventually king Macbeth is struck by the witches prophecy and believes whole-heartedly that it will happen. Banquo however who is predicted to be the father of a line of kings is more suspicious about the prophecy and believes he would be insane to believe it 'have we eaten on the insane root?'
This all revolves around the idea of the unnatural influencing Macbeth and causes much of the tragedy within the play to occur. Lady Macbeth wishes to throw out her morality for the sake of gaining a title. With the help of invisible sprits, she wants to make herself able to commit a terrible act of murder to make her dreams of the royal life come true, without having reservations or remorse. She approaches Macbeth with her intent to kill King Duncan. Macbeth, although wanting th... ... middle of paper ... ...s insanity and madness which he has brought upon himself from the witches prophecy, his ambition was so overpowering that it took control of his mind and focused only on success and power which eventually led him to insanity.
In Shakespearean tragedy, the main character has a tragic flaw that causes him to bring his downfall upon himself. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth’s tragic flaw is his unquenchable desire for power; he understands his actions are evil yet proceeds with them regardless-- this is what ultimately leads to his downfall. Macbeth’s strong desire for power is evident early on in the play and the lengths he goes to to attain his power are extreme. Upon hearing the prophecy the three witches give Macbeth, he is named Thane of Cawdor then immediately thinks of becoming King of Scotland. He hesitates between allowing fate to take its course or taking action to ensure the prophecy comes true, and decides that “If chance will have [him] king, why, chance may/ crown [him]/ Without [his] stir” (1.3.157-59).
He says, “To be this is nothing, but to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo sticks deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared” (Shakespeare 88). Due to this, he orders the deaths of Banquo and Fleance to secure his position. Macbeth’s actions are again influenced by the Three Witches and their prophecies. This further demonstrates the power that the Witches have over Macbeth and his destiny (Shakespeare 102).
First they gain his confidence by making predictions that come true, then the underlying true is seen through. In Act I, Scene 3 they refer to Macbeth as "Thane of Glamis," which he is, and as "Thane of Cawdor," which as far as he knows, he is not. When he is later given the news that the king has made him Thane of Cawdor, he naturally believes that the witches know the future and that he can trust them. His thoughts then move to the other prediction the witches made: that he will be king. Macbeth seeks out the witches for more information and assurance.
Macbeth started the play as a courageous man and ended as a frenzied and paranoid mess. As Macbeth fell into the desire of power, he began to lose the control over his actions. Macbeth wondered “...the chance will have (him) King, why, chance may crown (him)...”(Doc A), since it was the goddess of destiny who told him the prophecy. Once he found out that Malcolm was crowned “Prince of Cumberland... That is a step on which (he) must fall down, or else o’releap” (Doc A), to become the King of Scotland. Macbeth begins to have murderous thoughts to get the power he craves once his control went away.
A desire for power and advancement is typically seen among many longing to rule. Shakespeare’s Macbeth incorporates the theme of ambition and how it controls the main characters to pursue it. After attaining knowledge of the witches’ prophecies that say Macbeth will become king of Scotland, Lady Macbeth sees the predominant obstacle being King Duncan and feels as though Macbeth does not have the aggressiveness to take action and thus ensure the fulfillment of the prophecies. Using her sly words, she readily manipulates Macbeth to kill Duncan, which in turn provokes Macbeth to continue performing atrocious misdeeds, mainly out of fear for himself and his power. Although not naturally inclined to do evil deeds, the ambition of his manipulative wife as well as his own desires drive Macbeth to abandon self-restraint.