Julius Caesar’s ambition for power drove the honorable Brutus to think negatively about Julius Caesar’s position of being the King of Rome. Negatively speaking, Julius Caesar’s ways of having most of the power and deciding not to listen to others except the ones that only tell him things he likes to hear, drove the power-hungary conspirators and the honorable Brutus to take his life away. The honorable Brutus shows his love for Rome by committing an act which he seems best fit for his city. Trying everything he can to put Rome in a democracy, the only solution he saw was to join the conspirators to murder Caesar and explain to the people why they committed such an act. A great friend of Julius Caesar Mark Antony, stood up for many things Caesar had in mind and he was one of the few that Caesar thought was very trustworthy besides Brutus.
As Christina Autiero asserts in a paper given at a conference held in Westchester - Putnam School, “Blinded by [his] passions,...Hamlet indirectly causes the death of Ophelia and his mother...revenge and Hamlet’s method of madness primarily cause his death and actions. Unfortunately, the only approach [he] felt would vindicate [his] honorable name essentially destroyed [him]” (Autiero 53). Young Hamlet believed that the only choice to redeem his father was to murdering the murderer. In doing so, however, Hamlet became mad, and struck out at any and all who crossed his path. At one point in the play, Hamlet stabs Polonius, believing him to be King Claudius.
By flattering Brutus, Cassius thinks he will be able to get what he wants, and that is for Brutus to kill Caesar. Another way Cassius flatters Brutus is by telling Brutus his “name could cheer loud throughout Rome like King Julius Caesar’s.” Cassius is flattering Brutus because he wants Brutus to do his dirty work for him. Then he turns around and bad mouths Brutus when he says, “You bear to stubborn and too strange a hand” (I.ii.35). Cassius manipulates Brutus by forging letters Brutus found laying on the ground. He is one that manipulates Brutus, and others, to murder Julius Caesar or he will kill them.
???????????????.. And then, I grant, we put a sting in him, That at his will he may do danger with. The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins Remorse from power: and, to speak truth of Caesar, I have not known when his affections sway'd More than his reason (II.i.10-21). Brutus used his knowledge of Caesar to convince himself that it was the right choice he was making. He knew that the power would go to his friend?s head eclipsing his reason and putting his beloved Rome into the hands of a tyrant.
Another example of Caesar?s deviousness is: ? Plant those that have revolted in the van, That Antony may seem to spend his fury Upon himself.? (Act IV Scene 6 lines 9-11) Caesar intentionally places... ... middle of paper ... ...flees the battle, he does not blame Cleopatra but takes responsibility for his own actions and is very ashamed of them: ?I have fled myself, and have instructed cowards To run and show their shoulders.? (Act III Scene 11 lines 7-8) It is in particular this characteristic which makes Antony greater than Caesar. Though it would be easy to make another person the culprit, Antony always carries the burden of the blame himself and is truly remorseful of his actions.
This causes him to plan to kill Macduff and his family, and in return they raise an army and slaughter Macbeths army. “Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself, within my sword's length set him; if he ‘scape, heaven forgive him too!”(IV.iii.33-35). This is the reason Macbeth eventually falls to tragedy and ends up dying during a war with Macduff. Macbeth being the cause of tragedy in the play had three main causes. The witches prophecies, Lady Macbeth being his wife and influencing him more than anyone else could, and Macbeth's ambition, all led to Macbeth causing the tragedy, which ultimately ended up killing him.
Can a strong and loyal general change into a weak and detached character? Macbeth’s ambition warped him into becoming a cold-blooded killer, emotionally numbed by the acts he commits. In the beginning of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, three witches deliver a prophecy to Macbeth and Banquo that Macbeth will one day be king. Macbeth becomes bewildered and staggered by the prophecies announced by the witches, however, his awe does not delay his action. Macbeth is a resilient general who killed for loyalty that transformed into a blood covered guilty king who kills to gain his position.
The presence of supernatural forces in William Shakespeare’s, “Macbeth,” provides for much of the play’s dramatic tension and the mounting suspense. Several supernatural apparitions throughout the play profoundly affect Macbeth and the evil forces eventually claim Macbeth and destroy his morals. Macbeth’s ambition was driven by the prophecies of the three witches and unlike Banquo, he was willing to do anything to assure that they actually transpire. Macbeth is horrified at the notion of killing Duncan, his King and kinsman, but he eventually succumbs to the evil forces and this leads to his downfall. Macbeth further compromises his honor by arranging the murder of his best friend, Banquo.
Lowe argues that Macbeth constantly presses the witches to reveal more, and acts under his own accord to commit the act of murder. The witches merely state that Macbeth will become king; they do not order him to kill Duncan. Lowe concludes that Macbeth is a culpable human, acting on his own ambition with help from the Witches. Macbeth, from a causation standpoint, reveals that the initial meeting with the Witches caused the downfall of Macbeth. Lowe states “Metaphorically speaking, the witches give Macbeth a flame, but Macbeth lit himself on fire and kept feeding that fire until he was completely destroyed.
He believes the witches' prophesies at face value, never comprehending that, like him, things are seldom what they seem. Thus, he foolishly fortifies his castle with the few men he has left as Malcolm and Macduff are driving to kill him, banking on the fact that the events the witches predicted seem impossible. But in fact these predictions come true; the English army brings Birnam Wood to Dunsinane, and Macduff, who has been "untimely ripped" from his mother's womb, advances to kill Macbeth because of his "tragic" ambition. The witches have equivocated; they told him a double truth, concealing the complex reality within a framework that seems simple. Restoring proper order and control to the universe, Macbeth is murdered and the conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist has been resolved.