The Power of Greed and Malevolence in Macbeth William Shakespeare's Macbeth is not necessarily a play of fate, but rather a tragedy that occurred as a result of uncontrollable greed and malevolence by Macbeth and his wife. The weird sisters only make suggestions about Macbeth's road to kingship; they do not cast spells to make true all their predictions. These interpretations lead Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan and secure the title Thane of Clawdor. While in kingship Macbeth elects to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance, for Macbeth was fearful about losing his throne to Fleance. Senseless violence and inner rage cause the King of Scotland to murder Macduff's children and wife.
When thinking about Banquo’s prophecies, Macbeth thinks to himself, “No son of mine succeeding. If’t be so, / For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind; / For them the gracious Duncan have I murder’d; / Put rancours in the vessel of my peace / Only for them; and mine eternal jewel / Given to the common enemy of men, / To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!” (3.1.68-74). Macbeth worries that all his efforts will result in the benefit of Banquo, whose sons will succeed his throne. As well, Macbeth develops cruel thoughts. After meeting with the murderers to discuss Banquo, Macbeth says, “It is concluded: Banquo, thy soul’s flight, / If it find heaven, must find it out to-night” (3.1.157-158).
Later on he indites a letter to Lady Macbeth containing conjecture about the prophecies of the three witches. She immediately wants to take fate into her own hands. She begs the evil spirits to tear all human feelings from her, for she knows that she will have to urge her husband, Macbeth, to become King by murdering Duncan. She will have to give up all the gentle, tender qualities of a woman, so that she can become a sexless, pitiless demon. She has to make her husband ignore his own conscience.
Macbeth decided to go through with his plan to kill Duncan, “I am settled, and bend up/Each corporal agent to this terrible feat/Away, and mock the time with fairest show/False face must hide what the false heart doth know” (1.7.92-96). Macbeth knew that it wasn’t right to kill his king; however, Macbeth’s ambition takes over the conscience in his mind. Macbe... ... middle of paper ... ...re power. Macbeth’s fall was his own fault because his lust for more power wasn’t going to stop and he was willing to kill anyone blocking or threatening his path. A position of power causes an individual to feel a sense of invisibility therefore; they think that they are above everyone else.
Lady Macbeth suspects that Macbeth “is too full o’ the milk of human kindness” (Shakespeare, I, v, 16). Yet, Macbeth’s desire for power finally takes over his kind conscience; this greed for power appears as a bloody knife pointing to Duncan’s bed. When Macbeth s... ... middle of paper ... ...iii, 236). The “power” that Malcolm talks about could mean his army, or it could mean that the power of justice and good is ready to destroy Macbeth’s evil power. Soon the time comes when Macduff, decapitates Macbeth, thus signifying that Macbeth does not deserve to wear the king’s crown upon his head.
I 'll not be juggled with..to hell, allegiance..vows,... I dare damnation. To this point I stand, that both the worlds I give to negligence, let come what comes, only I 'll be revenged, most thoroughly for my father”(4.5.132-138). to show the readers that Laertes will do anything to avenge his father’s death. Laertes becomes insane later in the play when he works in collusion with King Claudius to kill Hamlet.
In the play, the central protagonist Macbeth, is confronted with the supernatural and the prophesy of becoming king. He cannot help but want this position, as this flaw also includes his weakness through over ambition. It is generally said that those possessing a flaw will die. The first Thane of Cawdor was a traitor, Duncan was too trusting, Banquo did not act on the knowledge he had about Macbeth’s murders, Lady Macbeth helped plot the murder of Duncan, and Macbeth destroyed the natural order and harmony of the time. All of these deaths are a result of Macbeth’s over ambition to become king, fuelled by the prophecies of the evil witches.
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
He 's saying he as nothing against the king its just part of the prophecy and his desire to gain more power. Lady Macbeth is also to blame when it comes to the death of King Duncan, she was the one that questioned Macbeths manhood and pressured him into murdering Duncan. It says, “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o ' th ' milk of human kindness. To catch the nearest way.
All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.49-51). They told him would he would become ruler thus establishing a high ego and an ambition that would only grow with greed and sin. Warning him of the words of the witches, Banquo says, “The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s in deepest consequence.” (1.3.126-128). Although the witches may be speaking the truth, there is always a catch and things may not be what they seem. But Macbeth already is forming a plot to murder King Duncan.