In olden days, the king was given the spot after god, but Macbeth killed his own king. Another evidence of betrayal is that Macbeth killed his own very good friend, Banquo, who otherwise would have been the last to die. All these ideas show that Macbeth only cared about himself and betrayed the closest to
Macbeth has gone far enough to kill the innocent and loses his sense of self. Macbeth indirectly is associated with the murder of Macduff’s family, the track record of the other murders leads to Macbeth. Macduff’s family being murdered shows what appears to be normal to Macbeth but the reality is, he isn’t killing for Scotland he is killing for himself. The spilling of treacherous blood gives others drive to eliminate him as he betrays those around him, as Macbeth has spilled family blood of Macduff and Malcom motives increase to spill vengeful
Duncan was the King of England, and was murdered by MacBeth. He was murdered because in order for MacBeth to fulfill his plan and become king, Duncan would have to die. Duncan's fatal flaw was that he was too trusting. For example, he thought that none of his friends could really be enemies. If Duncan was more careful about his safety at MacBeth's castle, he may have had a chance to survive.
There was no turning back for him. As the story progresses, the only solution for maintaining his reign of Scotland was to kill. His close friend, Banquo, was also murdered because Macbeth assumed doing so would be best in order to prevent losing his throne. But little did Macbeth know that he was actually being killed by his own mind and ambitions Another important factor that brought catastrophe to Macbeth was the Witches? prophecies.
At the start of the play, Macbeth is a loyal, courageous servant of the King of Scotland, but he is a man who harbors a hidden ambition for power. He is both noble and brave, although in time all of these qualities become non existant. Eventually it is clear to see that Macbeth has loyalty towards anyone, not even his wife Lady Macbeth. The first instance in which Macbeth demonstrates betrayal among someone would be when he murders king Duncan. This murder is nothing but an act of betrayal as King Duncan had always been good to Macbeth, he treated him with respect and got him to where he is in the throne.
Macbeth believed he had done a horrible deed that he will not be able to sleep when he said ‘Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor/ Shall sleep no more: Macbeth shall sleep no more’. He believed that he was so consumed by guilt that nothing will make him pure and clean again. Macbeth cannot be described as ‘the dead butcher’ since he had contemplated on the fact that Duncan did not deserve to be murdered for his ambition but had been pressurized and mocked by his wife to the point where he had to kill Duncan. Also, he felt shame and guilt during the act of murder and regret after he had committed the crime. If Macbeth were a ‘butcher’ as Malcolm had called him, Macbeth should not have felt any emotion during or after the murder.
The future king reveals, “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on th' other” (I.vii.25-28). Thus, Macbeth has no control over his desire for success. He does not want to murder Duncan, however Macbeth’s hunger for power overrides his conscious decision of right from wrong. By killing Duncan, Macbeth is fulfilling his tragic flaw of ambition at the cost of his own happiness and well-being, therefore demonstrating his status as a tragic hero. However, Wayne Booth’s, Shakespeare's Tragic Villain, he explains the audience lacks pity for Macbeth after he murders Macduff’s wife and children.
/ Let the earth hide thee! / Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold; / Thou hast no speculation in those eyes”. With Macbeth feeling remorse for Banquo he can’t be a villain or he wouldn’t have those feelings. Macbeth’s villainy is shown when he kills Macduffs family and consorts with the witches but Macbeth is also a man of action, brave and daring. Macbeth killed Macduffs family because Macduff fled to England “His wife his babes, and all unfortunate souls”.
He asserts to the king his noble deeds, “The service and the loyalty I owe / In doing it, pays itself.” (1.4, 10) Macbeth, without fetter, finds himself doing wha... ... middle of paper ... ...ll the house: / ‘Glamis hath murder’d sleep, and therefore Cawdor / Shall sleep no more: Macbeth shall sleep no more.’” (2.2, 23) However he has slain countless people in war, horrors fill Macbeth when he slays King Duncan. Macbeth was truly unwilling to kill and only did so in spite of Lady Macbeth. The murder would definitely not have happened if it weren’t for Lady Macbeth. In conclusion, Macbeth was not guilty independently. Rather he was controlled by Lady Macbeth’s emotion-toying manipulations.
The underlining fact in the play is that Macbeth kills these people all by himself, there is no accomplice and therefore if this were brought to a court of law the only person who would be found guilty of murder would be Macbeth. There is no crime for saying “go and kill that person,” there is only a crime for actually killing a person. Also, Macbeth’s killings resulted in Macbeth gaining a position of power he wanted. He says “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, for in my way it lies.