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. Macbeth’s driving ambition to fulfill this prophesy causes him to believe that “If it were done, when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well / It were done quickly” (I, vii, 1-2). Macbeth is reluctant to murder King Duncan, because Duncan was a gentle, generous, and trustworthy king. On the contrary, Macbeth believes that if he will not be held accountable for murdering Duncan, he should murder Duncan shortly. This demonstrates that Macbeth is not overly concerned about the act of murdering Duncan, but only concerned about the final result.
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.
began to affect Macbeth's ego. He wanted to be King and after Malcolm was said to be the next heir to the throne, Macbeth felt the only way he was to be King was to murder Duncan. Even after his plan reported to his wife, the doubts were still there, but he pushed them aside and betrayed the King regardless. For even Lady Macbeth longed to be queen and saw the murder necessary. His ambition just grew and grew.
It might be a cowardly act to murder a King in order to gain his throne, but the courage he mustered in order to actually kill King Duncan was bravery. Added to the fact that King Duncan is Macbeth?s own relative plays an important role on how much it took for Macbeth to kill. But unfortunately, Macbeth used his bravery for evil intents rather than for good. Guilt played a tragic role in Macbeth?s downfall. After killing Duncan, he was haunted by his actions and couldn?t move on without worrying that his murder was going to be exploited.
She was the one who planned to kill the King not Macbeth because he didn 't have a good poker face, more reason why he 's a tragic hero. Macbeth wife control him through the whole plan. Macbeth didn 't want to kill the King, he was scared until his wife questioned his manhood. This is our biggest weakness as men when somebody question our men hood we just go crazy. We might know that what we are about to do is wrong, but we 'll still go through with it because we don 't want to look weak, this is actually what Macbeth did.
I believe that the Shakespearian audience would not have excused Macbeth for the murder of the Macduffs but perhaps for the murder of banquoe, because it was torture for Macbeth to think becoming king was all for nothing if Banquo’s offspring succeeded the throne after himself. I do not think the audience are meant to regard Macbeth as just a “butcher“, because of the shame Macbeth clearly feels at the end. Although Macbeth is guilty of the deception of his best friend, his king, as well as his subjects, he can be excused because he was manipulated by many others in the play such as his wife and the witches. I feel that the actual play Macbeth is quite relevant for the 21st centaury. The moral is still significant today.
He believes there is no good reason to kill Macbeth because Duncan is good at being king, but he becomes selfish and wants all the power for himself. It is very ironic that Macbeth kills Duncan even though he believes he has no reason to. ¬Macbeth is only going to kill Duncan for two reasons. These being his wife is driving him to and he wants to gain all the power he possibly can, even if it means hurting others in the process. Besides these reasons, Macbeth does not see an actual reason for him to kill Duncan, but the fact that he still does it even though he admits to himself there is no actual reason to is Shakespeare being ironic, once again, in this
After Macbeth gets the justification straight in his head, he is equipped to go on his quest for King of Scotland. Macbeth was not virtuous in controlling his own destiny. He let the witches ultimately talk him out of his righteousness and the idea he had that his worthy engagements will make him king one day. The witches of doom were very essential to Macbeth starting disarray within himself and falling into his own fate. Without the witches in the play, foreshadow and suspense would be lost: Macbeth would have eventually earned King of Scotland in the future with his own bravery and leadership.
The disadvantage of not killing him is he has to wait and could not get crowned king. He also may die before that happens. On the contrary the advantage of killing Duncan is he gets crowned right away and gets major status. The disadvantage is the murder could backfire on him and Macbeth could get killed while being king. People also would not respect him or his leadership if they thought he killed King Duncan.
A desire for power and advancement is typically seen among many longing to rule. Shakespeare’s Macbeth incorporates the theme of ambition and how it controls the main characters to pursue it. After attaining knowledge of the witches’ prophecies that say Macbeth will become king of Scotland, Lady Macbeth sees the predominant obstacle being King Duncan and feels as though Macbeth does not have the aggressiveness to take action and thus ensure the fulfillment of the prophecies. Using her sly words, she readily manipulates Macbeth to kill Duncan, which in turn provokes Macbeth to continue performing atrocious misdeeds, mainly out of fear for himself and his power. Although not naturally inclined to do evil deeds, the ambition of his manipulative wife as well as his own desires drive Macbeth to abandon self-restraint.