There are multiple characters that either lit the fuse of Macbeth’s ambition, or cut the fuse to make it shorter, thus leading him along the path to evil. Although one could argue that both Lady Macbeth and the Weird Sisters affected Macbeth, they only played a minor role. The main fault lies with Macbeth himself, a man so blinded by ambition and rage that he resorts to murder to achieve his goal. The main source of evil is Macbeth due to his twisted reasoning on the prophecies that he hears, as well as the sinister feelings that are hiding inside of him even from the beginning of the play; illustrating that even those who seem most noble and valiant can have evil present within them. One of Macbeth’s greatest tricks is his power of deception, which he shockingly uses to betray his friends, colleagues, and even his king.
William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, first published in 1606, is an endearing tale outlining the dangers of unchecked ambition and moral betrayal. In the subsequent centuries after first being performed, Macbeths critics have been divided upon whether Macbeth himself was irrevocably evil, or if he was guided by the manipulation and actions of the women in the play to his ultimate demise. Although Lady Macbeth and the witches were influential with their provocations in the opening acts, it is ultimately Macbeth’s inherent immorality and his vaulting ambition, that result in the tragic downfall. It was Macbeth’s desire for power that abolished his loyalty and trustworthiness and led him down a path of murder. It is evident through his actions and words
Macbeth, although wanting th... ... middle of paper ... ...s insanity and madness which he has brought upon himself from the witches prophecy, his ambition was so overpowering that it took control of his mind and focused only on success and power which eventually led him to insanity. Shakespeare has done this to create sympathy for Macbeth as the blame for his actions have know shifted to his fatal flaw, compared to either himself or Lady Macbeth, this now shows Macbeth as not entirely responsible for his evil actions. In conclusion, William Shakespeare has given Macbeth a gradual yet definitive flaw which highlights his transformation from war hero to murderer. The second soliloquy is used as a no return point for Macbeth as he has made his moral decision and also disregarded his one chance of escaping his tragic fate which has been used by Shakespeare to show that Macbeth has completed his irreversible transformation.
The witches (or "weird sisters" as they are often called) are responsible for putting the idea that Macbeth would become king of Scotland in his head, but in the end, it's Macbeth's decision to fall for and make this idea happen. As a result of this idea, Macbeth's curiosity of how he could become king of Scotland comes into play. "One can wonder if Macbeth ever had a chance of doing what was right after he met with the witches." (courseworkhelp) As the play progresses, Macbeth slowly relies more on the witches prophesies. They are clearly evil and deceiving and they slowly lead to the corruption of his character.
The reader can see his desire for power begin to grow and blind him in this quote, “This supernatural soliciting Cannot be ill, cannot be good. If ill, Why hath it given me earnest of success, Commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor,” (Act I.Scene III.134-137). This quote explains how Macbeth thinks how could killing the King be bad or good? If anything the witches say is bad then why am I Thane of Cawdor?
Firstly, the witches’ prophecy ignited Macbeth 's desire to be king. The temptation that follows Macbeth’s knowledge of the prophecy is a major factor which leads Macbeth to succumb to the evil that leads to his downfall. The witches represent darkness, chaos and conflict, allowing Macbeth to acknowledge his personal dilemma; his hunger for power. Macbeth also admits to himself that he is driven by temptation, "This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill cannot be good." Macbeth tries to justify his bad idea, and goes along with Shakespeare’s technique of using contradictory statements or contrasting to show the unnatural or supernatural beings in the play.
Interestingly, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, clearly illustrates Macbeth’s ambition to becoming the king. In order for Macbeth to become king he uses poor judgment when he decides to kill King Duncan. After he is king, he struggles in maintaining his position. Moreover, it is also argued that Macbeth’s judgment became negatively influenced by the witches prophesies, as well as Lady Macbeth. It is as if they were able to poison his mind and alter his sense of moral and ethical judgment.
Let not light see my black and deep desires" and further convinces that he is ill-intentioned. Another definite example of Macbeth's inner struggle to deal with his ill-intentions that he must ... ... middle of paper ... ...hether or not they were influenced by other characters, were his decisions and the way he perceived and interpreted the prophecies was his error. Thus, Macbeth's downfall was not solely the evil advice and influence of other characters but the impact of his decisions and his perceptions of the witches' prophecies. Macbeth is a tragic figure whose downfall is caused by a combination of his ill-intentions, the influence of other characters and his consequential decisions and interpretations. Therefore, one cannot say that Macbeth's downfall was caused solely by the evil advice and influence of other characters and that this reason for his downfall is only a small part of his eventual downfall.
The Extent to Which Macbeth is Portrayed as a Tragic Hero in Macbeth by William Shakespeare A Shakespearean tragic hero according to Aristotle is usually a prominent figure, who happens to have distinctive flaws in their personality. Because of these flaws, and to a certain extent the influence of external force and or an ‘evil’ antagonist the character will experience a fall from prominence that will eventually lead to his suffering and often to his death. In Macbeth’s case, his fatal flaws are his impressionability, greed and most importantly his “vaulting ambition” and hubristic character. There is no direct antagonist in the play, but Macbeth is influenced to murder by both the Witches and Lady Macbeth to an extent. We see the degeneration of a valiant soldier, ‘Noble Macbeth’ to a vicious murderer, ‘this dead butcher’.
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