He is not totally cold and solely ambitious as shown by his terror of the murder image, which thoroughly defies his loyalty. There is love in Macbeth as shown by his letter to Lady Macbeth in which he calls her his "dearest partner of greatness." Macbeth is already thinking about being king but he is undecided about whether it is better to succumb to the temptation presented by the witches or to wait for Fate to crown him. Banquo warns him that at times evil forces "tell us truths . .
He even says that the presence of the three witches is not ethical and cannot be good. Then, Macbeth states, “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me” (1.4.158). When he contemplates about killing Duncan, the audience can see that Macbeth is ambitious for power and is tantalized over the witches’ prophecy. He wants to become king and if he has the opportunity, he will be take it. The way he handles the situation suggests that he is unsure that being a high-ranking officer is
Shakespeare uses the title character of Macbeth to effectively develop the theme of guilt and conscience in his play. Several times in the play we see Macbeth’s character crumbling as a result of a guilty conscience. At the beginning of the play he meets the witches with Banquo, and this prompts the first step toward killing the King. This helps in developing the theme because we get the idea that Macbeth does not trust the witches, nor does he fully believe them. Unfortunately his ambitious nature gets the better of him and causes him to listen carefully to how he might acquire his kingship.
He does this because he is too malcontent with how he is currently living and is allured by the thought of what Duncan has: power. After the witches tell Macbeth his prophecy, and Lady Macbeth plots Duncan’s murder, Macbeth contemplates the reason he is killing Duncan. He realizes this would most likely be an egregious mistake, as he says, “...Not bear the knife myself. Besides, Duncan / Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been / So clear in his great office, that his virtues / Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against / The deep damnation of his taking-off” (1,7,16-20). This being said, not only does he understand the consequences of killing Du... ... middle of paper ... ...ing himself.
Shakespeare engages the audience's sympathy at the beginning of the play for Macbeth by revealing the positive way in which he is perceived by others. Macbeth is deeply lauded, and very highly thought of by King Duncan, who then ironically awards Macbeth with the title "Thane of Cawdor". The irony here is that the last Thane of Cawdor was a traitor as he will soon be, too. Macbeth's kindness at the beginning of the play interferes with the murder of Duncan as Lady Macbeth also mentions in her soliloquy that Macbeth... ... middle of paper ... ... we still feel sorry in the sense others have also part to take, causing his death. In conclusion, to a sympathetic extent, we can feel pity for Macbeth.
This shows Lady Macbeth’s superiority over her husband. “would be” indirectly indicates that he is a wimp and a coward and that if he does not kill the kin... ... middle of paper ... ...To conclude it can be said that Shakespeare has crafted Macbeth into attracting sympathy. If all the sins that Macbeth committed were just told to a person then it leaves the reader no choice but to consider him evil and immoral; yet when the book is fully read the audience understands his mental anguish, a feeling of sympathy is aroused. Macbeth was a victim of his own power and ambition. He breaks down mentally losing power of himself, becoming very paranoid.
144-145). Even this might indicate that he doesn 't regard the witches as the voice of fate, but of "chance", Macbeth eventually decides he would assist his"chance" by murdering Duncan(The Witches of Macbeth: Fate, Free Will, and the Influence of Evil.). With a simple gibberish from the wired sisters, the characteristics of Macbeth, the warrior of the great nation, is able to be shaken. With a tiny crack of weakness in Macbeth 's soul, the entire structure of his morality and ration collapses. Since the prophecy causes a sense of connection between the witches ' predictions and Macbeth 's desire, it makes Macbeth recognizes the prophecy as the confirmation
Guilt was a significant consequence for the selfish killing of King Duncan, and Shakespeare shows how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were affected by guilt through the motif of blood. In the beginning, Macbeth was very satisfied with his life as a subject of King Duncan. Even so, the promising prophecies of three witches led him to believe that he could become king. He hastily makes the decision to eliminate Duncan, and any other obstacle that dares stand in his way. Soon however, he begins to feel the shame of his actions.
Shakespeare was such a talented playwrite, that he tended to make the audience sympathize with not only the hero, but also the villain. The aside follows closely Macbeth’s desires and doubts - he does not know whether ‘this supernatural soliciting’ is good or bad, but he dearly wants to be king. He describes the murder that he is imagining to be ‘horrible’(Act 1 Scene 3 L137) and ‘makes my seated heart knock at my ribs’ (Act 1 Scene 3 L135), showing that the whole idea disgusts and horrifies him, as it would any man who was brave and noble, but Macbeth cannot stop thinking about it, showing that he is considering the idea and is drawn to it, and that he has ambitions to be king within him already.
The villain may also be a person who commits crimes against the people and is all powerful. We hear about Macbeth even before we meet him. This is because the witches are casting a spell that foretells that Macbeth will meet them at the heath. In the scene with the captain, we hear that Macbeth is like a hero and is faithful to his king. “O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman”, (I, ii) When we first hear about Macbeth, we learn the descriptions of him are positive towards King Duncan.