His uncontrollable desires led him to the point of evil, and the ambition is too strong for him to realize the wrong he is doing. In, Macbeth, William Shakespeare shows Macbeth’s ambition to be king by using the influence of others. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a respected general, a devoted husband and a loyal subject of the king. (Clayden) What led him to this desire to be king? The first of the witches’ prophecies brought out this ambitious nature.” All hail, Macbeth!
Unfortunately his ambitious nature gets the better of him and causes him to listen carefully to how he might acquire his kingship. Macbeth feels guilty that he is thinking about killing the King because he’s basing his entire thought upon belief in the ‘evil creatures’. We see this when Macbeth has a soliloquy in which he says, “Cannot be ill, cannot be good” and also asks himself why the thought of becoming King makes his “seated heart” knock against his ribs. Macbeth ‘sees’ a bloody dagger in front of him even before he kills the King; this shows that he feels guilty even before the evil deed. He tries to convince himself and his wife that he should not kill Duncan, and at one stage he orders her not to go any further with the deed.
Macbeth is an extremely ambitious character; he knows what he wants and how to get it, even if that means murdering Duncan to become King. Macbeth battles with his conscience throughout the play, he feels imprisoned inside his own mind; this is also a trait that a Shakespearean tragic hero has. Another typical characteristic of a Shakespearean tragic hero is that they suffer, usually in contrast to their previous happier life, and they normally suffer as a result of their actions. Macbeth causes his own suffering by murdering Duncan, Macduff's family and Banquo, making the people of Scotland turn against him. Macbeth actions don't just affect him, they affect others around him, Scotland and the natural order itself.
Macbeth At the beginning of the play Macbeth is the "bravest" soldier and the honorable Thane of Glamis. His rank and nobility are of great value, and he seems to be fit for his status. But his encounter with the witches awakens in him a deep impatient ambition. Immediately after the first prophecy of being Thane of Cawdor becomes true the "horrid image" of the murder of King Duncan in order to become king himself crosses his mind. He is not totally cold and solely ambitious as shown by his terror of the murder image, which thoroughly defies his loyalty.
In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth murders his king, Duncan. He is strongly against committing the sin but power takes the better of him. The reader begins to pity Macbeth despite his flaws of greed and corruption. Shakespeare manipulates the audience to react with empathy towards Macbeth through the utilization of Macbeth's, dialogue, and passion. Throughout the story, there is a feeling of hostility toward Macbeth in response to his harmful actions.
Macbeth is the most horrific of Shakespeare’s tragedies because the protagonist commits such bloodthirsty acts. There are heaps of powerful themes, morals and symbolism introduced by Shakespeare to the reader. One of the more meaningful ones was the deterioration of Macbeth, a strong valiant hero with so much promise that ultimately fails and degenerates into a corrupt, merciless tyrant who choices to embraces evil. In general, despite Macbeth’s actions at the beginning of the play; where he quells a military coup against Scotland, his flaws determine his fate. Indeed it can be shown that Macbeth’s pride vulnerability, vaulting ambition, and over confidence brought him to kingship and change the tragic hero into a sinister tyrant, bringing him closer to his death.
Shakespeare depicts the corruptive power of ambition to the audience as the protagonist, Macbeth is led by his unchecked ambition despite acknowledging it. Macbeth's private ambitions are made clear to the audience through his asides and soliloquies. Macbeth who was initially faithful to Duncan and was aware of his ambition, couldn't control it and thus, made him become a murderous tyrant, obsessed with power and full of fear and insecurities. From the beginning of the play, Macbeth had ambitions. This was shown once the witches told Banquo and him the prophecies.
Shakespear’s Macbeth is a play following the triumphs and the fails of Macbeth as he is consumed by his greed for power. One of the major themes in Macbeth is the idea that great power has the ability to corrupt people. A key scene that supports this theme is Act I, scene VII, when Macbeth decides that he won’t kill Duncan but is eventually convinced too by his wife. The scene mentioned above supports one of the major themes of the play. It also helps develop the play’s plot.
Macbeth is keen to hear of this “strange intelligence” as this is what he wants to hear; they have touched upon a coveted ambition. The witches also tempt Banquo, but he sees through them and warns Macbeth that “oftentimes to win us to our harm, / The instruments of darkness tell us truths, / Win us with honest trifles – to betray’s / in deepest consequ... ... middle of paper ... ...meditated murder, with his wife, and partner, behind him. Lady Macbeth knows her husband would like to be more powerful: “Thou wouldst be great/ Art not without ambition”. Macbeth’s ambition is his driving force and his weakness. Fate is a minor factor to be considered.
Soliloquies in Macbeth Shakespeare Even though people in retributive justice feel satisfaction, the perpetrator can also suffer. William Shakespeare’s powerful Macbeth shows the deterioration of an honourable and respectable general, Macbeth, who becomes a tragic hero after temptations from the witches and his wife to perform murders. Macbeth soliloquies enable the audience to experience the conflict within Macbeth and thus, gain an understanding of the reasons for his behavior and decisions. As a result, the tremendous reversal of Macbeth’s fortunes in the end leaves the audience filled not with pity, but also awe, at the realization that people can suffer greatly. Macbeth’s soliloquies before the murder of Duncan shows the vigorous internal struggle of himself, as his conscience is fighting against his evil minds.