This being the case, in the play Macbeth, Shakespeare puts forth the idea that by betraying others one is in turn betraying themselves. Shakespeare proves this by showing that at the conclusion of every murder Macbeth commits, he gradually declines on the ladder of respect and nobility. Macbeth starts off as a noble and respected leader. He is kind and a brave fighter. But after three witches give him a prophecy, he starts to betray other characters and becomes an evil malicious man.
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.
"This dead butcher." To what extent is it possible to sympathize with Macbeth? William Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth” is based upon the danger of the lust for power and betrayal of friends, which certainly involves Macbeth. I feel that to describe Macbeth as "this dead butcher" is an unfair way of summarizing him at the end of the play because he was a hero to begin with, but he ruins his noble nature as he is weakened by evil. Macbeth, a hero at the opening of the play, is told by three "weird sisters" that he will become great.
The King's escape may have influenced Shakespeare to contain this theme and show that anyone who tried to murder the King and take his di... ... middle of paper ... ...wrong way about it. In conclusion, I believe Macbeth was a tragic hero as he kills Duncanto please his wife and is pressured by her and the witches to kill him. Although if he had thought of himself and stood up for himself, he would not have killed Duncan and none of this would have happened, so he is also partly to blame for his own downfall. After killing Duncan, he becomes paranoid and believes everyone is against him and kills anyone he wants, even if he has no motive. He becomes afraid of fear itself and lets his guilty conscience take over his life.
Employing his own free will and impelled by his ambition, Macbeth murders Duncan and his fatal lapse of judgment occurs which precedes the inevitable death due to his tragic flaw. Before the murder of Duncan and after his ambition surfaced from the witch's predictions, Macbeth was faced with a moral debate and now that he has opposed his own philosophies, his conscience has become a formidable antagonist in his internal conflict. Symbolizing this psychological torment, an intangible dagger is seen by Macbeth before the murder and after the murder, Macbeth is haunted by noises supposedly made by the drunken guards. Perturbed by his dilemma of conscience, Macbeth not only realizes that he will "sleep no more" but also envies the fact that Duncan can experience an eternal ... ... middle of paper ... ...ly results and like Duncan before him, he is too trusting. He believes the witches' prophesies at face value, never comprehending that, like him, things are seldom what they seem.
King Duncan greatly praised Macbeth for the Bravery and Loyalty, but what he didn’t see from Macbeth’s face (Appearance) is the dark desire of Macbeth who is planning to murder the king (reality). From this point on, as the witches’ prophecies come in and Macbeth’s ambition aided by Lady Macbeth, this heroic character in both the reader’s mind and Scottish noble’s mind started its downfall. After the murdered King Duncan, quoted from Banquo "…and I fear thou play’dst most foully for ’t." (III, I, 3) all Scottish nobles are suspicious about Macbeth of murdering King Duncan. Ever after, Macbeth seems to believe in his philosophy "things bad begun make strong themselves by ill", (III, iii, 55) and try to cover up his murder by killing more and more.
This, as with many things in the play, see-saws back and forth: his fair winnings and heightened position turn foul again by the end of the play. Possibly the most notable switch occurs between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth learns of the witches' prophecy, she is absolute in her decision to kill the King. Macbeth, while he clearly likes the idea, and even shares her desire, falters on holding his promise to her until she threatens his manhood directly. After he kills the King and Banquo (separately) he is distraught with shame and guilt, while Lady Macbeth holds herself together and covers for his strange behavior.
He truly believes that he and the conspirators are murdering Caesar purel... ... middle of paper ... ...e tragic heroes, Macbeth and Brutus, are both naïve, and their naivety which leads them to their tragic death. Brutus gives Cassius and Casca his full trust that it causes him to turn against his best friend, Julius Caesar. Brutus is also naïve enough to believe that Antony will not turn against him at Caesar’s funeral, which leads Brutus to his death. Macbeth put full faith in the supernatural witches where he acts upon each prediction. By acting upon these predictions and becoming increasingly dependent, Macbeth murders the King, friends, and a family.
Then, Macduff joins forces with one of Duncan’s son... ... middle of paper ... ...ady Macbeth’s fabrication ultimately bails Macbeth out of such out of the ordinary gestures. Macbeth seems to have a terrible, natural, chronic fit, but he really is reacting under the power of guilt he derives from the murder of Banquo. Overall, Macbeth appears to be a helpful and supportive friend to Banquo, but he turns out to be the sole root of his death. In Macbeth, Shakespeare combines appearance versus reality and the supernatural events of the witches, the floating dagger, and Banquo’s ghost to lead to Macbeth’s death. The witches’ predictions appear comforting and eventually display harmful traits that lead the way to death.
In the end, his own greed and guilt consumed him. Ironically, at the beginning of the play, Macbeth has everything going for him. This is an example of situational irony, because the audience sees him acquiring all of this power very rapidly, and would not expect that he would lose it all in the end. Macbeth, manipulated and encouraged by his own wife, murders King Duncan in order to seize the throne for himself. The stolen crown gives him no satisfaction, for he is riddled with guilt over the murder and fear of being discovered.