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.
Throughout the play, Macbeth experienced a huge decent into evil and violent action that lead him to his death. With his thirst for power and constant paranoia, he killed his way to seize the crown. By killing Duncan at the beginning of the play, Macbeth soon realizes that nothing can be undone and his blood stained hands can never be cleaned. “A little water clears us of this deed” (2.3 70) said by Lady Macbeth after Duncan’s murder. But what they don’t know is that this is the start of the bloody massacre that will change who they are and how they think forever.
Therefore Lady Macbeth has to go retrieve it because Macbeth is too traumatized to return. Out of rage he kills the guards; this is the first murder Macbeth commits without consulting Lady Macbeth. Another example of how light comes into play is when Macbeth has the two murderess kill Banquo. Macbeth tells them to kill Banquo when he is on his way to his party with Fleance. A second example of how light imagery is used is when Macbeth says "And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.
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.
A combination of Macbeth’s ambition and paranoia lead to many senseless murders. He killed his best friend Banquo out of fear and he senselessly murdered Macduff’s family. The hallucination of Banquo’s ghost is a representation of Macbeth 's guilt, all of Macbeth’s guilt is manifested in the ghost. Macbeth states that he feels guilty because of the murders. “Ay, and since too, murders have been performed Too terrible for the ear.” (III, iv, 80-81) Seeing the ghost of Banquo is the breaking point for Macbeth.
The Tragedy of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), is an ideal example of people falling victim to evil. In fact, the entire downfall of the main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, is due to them being lured to evil by three witches. The play is a perfect illustration of how evil can lure someone in then lead to their downfall. In the play, Macbeth started out as an extremely brave and loyal solider. However, after the three witches told him he was to be king one day, he changed completely, being wholly consumed by his greed.
His vivid imag... ... middle of paper ... ...as already thrown away his conscience, so much so, that Macbeth continues to commit even more evil acts. Over the course of the play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth greatly change with respect to their characters and their personalities. Although Macbeth was weak at first it was the strong Lady Macbeth who helped him through the first murder. Due to the effort put into controlling Macbeth and his conscience, she lost control of hers and in turn became mentally ill and killed herself. Thus in the end it was worthy to call Macbeth and his wife "a dead butcher and his fiend like queen" but it must not be forgotten that at the beginning of the play Macbeth and his wife were ordinary nobles at the time.
She has to goad him into killing the King. After committing the murder, Macbeth seems almost delirious. He says that "…all great Neptune’s ocean will not wash this blood clean from my hand"(Act II, Scene ii, lines 60-61). When he murders Banquo, Macbeth is still in torment, but the cause of his anguish seems to have changed. He is afraid of Banquo, because Banquo knows about the witches and because the witches predicted that his descendents would be kings.
The witches play a brief, yet important role in Macbeth’s fate. At the beginning of the play, the witches deliver a prophecy to Macbeth stating that Macbeth is the Thane of Glamis, and he will become the Thane of Cawdor and the King of Scotland. At first, Macbeth is humbled by this news. However, the prophecies give him false hope, overconfidence and much temptation and ambition to become King. This is exhibited when Macbeth writes a letter to his wife about the witches prophecies in which he says, “My dearest partner of greatness,/ that thou might’st not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being/ ignorant of what greatness is promised thee.” (1.5.10-12).
His unfortunate flaw of being gullible is what gets him to kill Duncan, Banquo, and many other poor victims. Macbeth’s greatest tragic flaw: being gullible is what brings him deep into sin. This is shown by him believing the witches, his wife, and his own delusions. The witches wanted to play tricks on Macbeth and his wife measured his love by his actions. Being haunted by delusions of Banquo and a dagger tormented him yet motivated and drove him to continue his horrible deeds.