This proves his vaulting ambition and how it had taken over Macbeth. Macbeth continues to murder Banquo and does so out of fear of losing the throne. This is evident in (III, i, 47 – 50) where Macbeth says “…To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus. – Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be fear’d…” this demonstrates Macbeths fear and the threat he faces. Macbeth says that Banquo’s royalty of nature should be feared, through this we are able to understand that Macbeth is evidently lost his grasp on his moral conscience and begins to take down any threat he sees, even if that threat is his best friend.
As a result of his insecurity of his lack of manliness, Macbeth’s soul couldn’t be cleansed again. Macbeth proved to his wife that he was a “man” but the consequence of murdering the king was the beginning of the corruption of Macbeth’s soul because of the sense of power he had. Macbeth saw his actions as justifiable because he was motivated by his self-interest. Although Lady Macbeth pushed Macbeth to abuse his powers, it was ultimately his own doing because he had a choice to go or not go along with it. Macbeth decided to go through with his plan to kill Duncan, “I am settled, and bend up/Each corporal agent to this terrible feat/Away, and mock the time with fairest show/False face must hide what the false heart doth know” (1.7.92-96).
The evil of his heart became unreined, and it hurried him madly on in the dark pathway which now opened before him” (Munro 32). As a result of murdering the king, Macbeth commits treason, a crime big enough for punishment. It would be hard for Macbeth to go back to being a good ruler, as he got his position by treason and murder. As a result of killing the king, Macbeth’s ambition leads him away from the path of redemption, and he loses his morality and
This advice causes him to become scared and makes him feel as if he needs to kill more people to protect himself. This false sense of fate and power on his part is a major factor in his downfall. So, the witches influence Macbeth by causing his ascension, his madness, and his demise. They cannot thus compel his will to evil; but they do arouse his passions and stir up a vehement and inordinate apprehension of the imagination, which so perverts the judgment of reason that it leads his will toward choosing means to the desired temporal good.)
If anything the witches say is bad then why am I Thane of Cawdor? If he wanted to do the right thing he wouldn’t even think about killing King Duncan. Ambition is already starting to show as his flaw. Later into the act, Macbeth’s lust for power comes into full swing when he decides that he will kill Duncan. This lust blinds him to what he really should do.
He became very greedy at this point, striving for whatever would lead him down the path to become king, even the end to his relationships. Macbeth originally was a very good friend to Banquo, however he ruined it because of such selfishness. The avarice overran his mind and Macbeth became very irrational, eventually hiring murderers to slaughter his own best friend and his son. As Macbeth’s jealousy spikes, he decides it is reasonable to murder once again because he says, “No son of mine succeeding. If ‘t be so, For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind,”(3.1.64-65).
It is as if they were able to poison his mind and alter his sense of moral and ethical judgment. Sadly, Macbeth struggles in trying to keep his position as well as killing people that can possibly harm him; thus, in the play Macbeth, Shakespeare illustrates the similarities and differences between Macbeth, Macduff and Banquo as all three characters serve to show ambition and the struggles in order to achieve their goals. Throughout the play, Macbeth is a tragic hero, Macbeth gets his fortune told by three witches, and after hearing this he becomes ambitious and greedy. Macbeth’s ambition was to be king and to become king he kill Duncan. Macbeth’s ambition is clearly demonstrated when he says, I am his kinsman and his loyal subject… Then I am his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bare the knife myself… I have no... ... middle of paper ... ...end just to obtain his position as king.
The Opposing Goals of Comfort and Power in Macbeth People have a hard time getting what they want; in fact, the things they want can be incompatible with each other and any attempt to reach one of these goals hurt the other. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1606), the protagonist is lured to murder the king, Duncan, by the desire for power, an appetite whetted by witch’s prophecies and his wife’s encouragement. But when he reaches the kingship, he finds himself insecure. He attempts to remove threats that decrease his security, including his companion Banquo and his son Fleance, prophesied to be king. His lords grow angry and revolt successfully, after witches lure Macbeth into a false sense of security by further foretelling.
Macbeth: Power Is The Paradox People have a hard time getting what they want; in fact, the things they want can be incompatible with each other. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the protagonist is lured to murder the king, Duncan, by the desire for power, an appetite honed by witch's prophecies and his wife's encouragement. But when he reaches the kingship, he finds himself insecure. He attempts to remove threats that decrease his security, including his companion Banquo and his son Fleance, predicted to be king. His lords grow angry and revolt successfully, after witches lure Macbeth into a false sense of security by further foretelling.
With this, he is allowing these undermining and evil ways of his to get the betterment of him, corrupting his being. Macbeth is so consumed by the thoughts of becoming powerful that he corrupts himself to an even further extent. Before and after the murder o... ... middle of paper ... ... him. After Macbeth finds out of Banquo and Fleance's escape, he takes no time in moving onto the next victim. His ambition is to "surprises" Macduff with the "edge o' th' sword," but his wife and children, their "unfortunate souls," die instead (IV.i.174-177).