Macbeth says, “The castle of Macduff I will surprise, seize upon Fife give th ’edge o’th’sword/ his wife, his babes, all unfortunate souls” (Shakespeare 4.1). The significance of this quote shows Macbeth cruelty thinking about his plan on how to kill the Macduff’s. Since Macduff’s family are not a threat to him, but his mind led him to worsen the situation. Macbeth says, “Time, thou anticipat’st my dread exploits: / the flighty purpose never is o’ertlook/ unless the deed go with it” (Shakespeare 4.1.). This quote shows that Macbeth is talking to himself about time so he can make up his plan instantly.
With these indecisions, Lady Macbeth assures he stays on focus by manipulating and bullying him into committing the murders of the King and chambermaids (Shakespeare). She accomplishes this by claiming she would do it if the King did not look like her father and reminding Macbeth that this act is necessary for him to become King (Shakespeare). She also supports Macbeth when suspicions point to him by fainting, which distracts the men (Shakespeare). Throughout the process of his becoming King, Lady Macbeth acts as Macbeth 's backbone by allowing him to not think of anything other than becoming king, which allows him to complete the harmful acts that quickly lead him to the crown
Macbeth knows that killing Duncan is morally wrong as demonstrated in (I, vii, 31-32) where he states, “…we will proceed no further in this business: he hath honour’d me of late”. Yet it is his vaulting ambition that gets the better of him as he shows signs of wanting to kill Duncan. Macbeth says, “The Prince of Cumberland! – That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap…Stars hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires …” (I, v, 49 – 52).
His speech implies that he is greatly troubled by his actions, creating a sense of insanity. However, if he truly feels remorse, his later response, “I am in blood/ Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,/ Returning were as tedious as go o’er” (3.4.136-139), would be counterintuitive. If a person feels as Macbeth had claimed, then they would not talk about killing more. Macbeth makes it seem like he does not care, and since he already started killing, he might as well continue. Initially, Lady Macbeth’s thinking, at the start of the play, is one murder and to be done with it.
Through both of these cruel actions, Macbeth and his wife displayed that they are not concerned about the cost of the deed, but only final result that is achieved. This not only results in their downfall, but also has many harmful consequences to other characters. In Macbeth, Shakespeare suggests that driving ambition often causes one to ignore the means and focus only on the final goal; this causes one to participate in actions that have unfathomable consequences for both oneself and for others. Macbeth’s driving ambition to become king leads him to murder King Duncan. Once Macbeth learns of the witches’ prophesy that he will be King of Scotland, Macbeth immediately assumes that he must murder Duncan, the current king.
During the prayer scene, Hamlet instantly draws his sword when he sees the King alone. However, Hamlet does not act immediately because he figures that killing Claudius while he is praying won't be fulfilling the revenge his father asked for. “A villain kills my father; and for that, I, his sole son, do the same villain send to heaven. O' this is hire and salary, not revenge” (Hamlet, pg. 68).
One can conclude that Shakespeare wanted the modern viewer to see how ambition and over-confidence can lead man to his downfall. By documenting the stages in Macbeth’s life before and after the murder, we see an initially great man who is killed because he was too involved in his world of ambitions. This play serves as a warning not to believe in everything that is said about the future, and to not be overcome by dark ambitions. Being aware of this, Macbeth is no longer only a play about a Scottish general whose actions drive him to his demise, but also a lesson to the viewers to not be overcome by their ambitions. Works Cited Shakespeare, William.
Just before the soliloquy in act 2 scene 1, Macbeth has doubts about Duncan’s murder. He says to himself that if the deed is to be done then it will have to be done quickly. (“If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were done quickly”.) Lady Macbeth then enters the scene and insists that Macbeth continues with Duncan’s murder for if not he is a coward. Macbeth is aware that it is an evil sin as he states “I dare do all that become a man.” This statement shows that Macbeth believes killing Duncan will make him nothing more than a beast.
The role reversal of husband and wife is represented in the belittling of Macbeth, his own “retribution” for being incompetent to carry out the plans exactly. Macbeth, after murdering Duncan and implying that his sons had their hands in the act, becomes king. This is his reward for betraying the trust that the late king had put in him so faithfully... ... middle of paper ... ...s life. I found it very interesting that Macbeth died so young, because of the fact that he wanted so much to have power forever. My theory of this play is such that, when Macbeth takes fate into his own hands as early on as Act 2 (the killing of Duncan), he consigns himself to an early death.
But in these cases We still have judgement here, that we but teach Bloody instruction, which being taught, return To plague the inventor. (I.vii.7-10) Evidently, Macbeth is afraid of killing King Duncan because he believes if he performs an act of evil, then it will come back to haunt him. This is the first time in the play where Macbeth shows any sign of fear. Furthermore, the murder of King Duncan reveals a deep sense of regret within Macbeth: ?To know my deed, ?twere best not know myself. / Wake Duncan with thy knocking!