With a promising prophesy upon him, a once loyal man turns to a dark road all for power. This is the story of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. A Scottish solider, Macbeth, and his friend, Banquo, are approached by three weird sisters who play in the dark arts. The sisters, the witches, tell them that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and then king. In order for him to do this, something would need to happen to the current king of Scotland, Duncan.
He ordered the death of everyone connected to Macduff, all because they witches premonition told him to be wary of Macduff, "...Beware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife." (Act 4 scene 1 line 72). So in conclusion, the prophecies given to him by the witches, Lady Macbeth's influence and plan, and his intensified ambition, all contributed greatly to his degeneration of his character, which resulted to his downfall and death. Therefore I think that Macbeth is weak and easily led before Duncan's murder, but after the murder, he seems to grow more and more evil.
When Lady Macbeth reads the letter from her husband telling her the news about becoming the Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and of the three witches that told him he would be king, she was overwhelmed by ambition to have power. She then goes on to plot the death of the King, then realizing that Macbeth would not go through with the plan unless she pushes him to do it, “Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it. (p 256)” She knows that Macbeth is a loyal warrior and it would be difficult, and she does it by questioning his manhood, “But screw your courage to the sticking-place And we’ll not fail. (p 260)” When the King arrives she makes Macbeth stay out of the room because his face releases the secrets that lye within, “Your face, my Thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters.
Because of the weakness of Macbeth’s character and the strength of Lady Macbeth’s character, Lady Macbeth is able to easily influence him. Lady Macbeth pushes Macbeth toward evil at first, but after he realizes what he has done, it is his decision to continue down the murderous, bloody path. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth appears as a kind wife to Macbeth, but underneath lies a scheming and treacherous woman. Macbeth is initially a strong soldier who fights relentlessly for the King. His ambitious drive and his curious nature lead him to three witches who give him a prophecy.
Macbeth's attitude to his wife is rather bizarre as his actions towards her change constantly. "They met me on the day of success", designates that Macbeth is telling Lady Macbeth about the witches. Therefore this goes onto the conclusion that for Macbeth to be telling his wife this 'top secret' information obviously gives the suggestion that Macbeth and his wife may be quite close, which gives Macbeth a redeeming quality because of his faithfulness to his wife. However Macbeth'... ... middle of paper ... ...all the people's lives he has ruined he cannot face one man who his country is battling against. Maybe he fears Macduff because he's has realized himself that he was not worthy of being king and that Macduff is.
By the end of the play Macbeth doesn’t care about his wife’s health that much, when she dies his taught was she was bound to die one day. Macbeth is portrayed as a great warrior, a hero if you may. The sergeant praises Macbeth's savagery "brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)" (Shakespeare 1.2.18). Followed by his first meeting with the witches, Macbeth immediately writes to his wife to tell her what they had said in their prophecies. Lady Macbeth is introduced as a kind and loving wife, who underneath is actually a tricky and cunning woman.
Macbeth, a hero at the opening of the play, is told by three "weird sisters" that he will become great. Macbeth then acts upon this prophecy and it comes true, which soon leads Macbeth to his disastrous downfall, the ambition of Lady Macbeth also influences him and Macbeth then unwillingly murders King Duncan. Macbeth (now king) kills many other supposed enemies, innocent woman and children, even his own best friend Banquo, all to secure his position as king, which we know the original Macbeth would not have done. Further prophecies by the three witches persuade Macbeth into believing that he cannot be killed, but in act five, scene eight, we discover Macduff was "from his mother's womb untimely ripped" who then kills Macbeth in battle, and Lady Macbeth has already committed suicide. Shakespeare engages the audience's sympathy at the beginning of the play for Macbeth by revealing the positive way in which he is perceived by others.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth, one of William Shakespeare’s famous tragedies, is set in Scotland. Returning from battle with his companion Banquo, the nobleman, Macbeth meets with three witches. They predict that Macbeth will initially become the Thane of Cawdor and then king of Scotland. Macbeth privately has ambitions of being king and enjoys the ideas of becoming the head of the country. After the first part of the witches' prophecy comes true, early in the play, he begins to think the subsequent part may also come true.
The witches prophecy is cause to Macbeth to think selfishly about being king, and then about the murder of Duncan. (QUOTE) Macbeth immediately becomes much more self-involved after hearing the prophecy than he was shown to be before, as the brave and selfless soldier willing to die for his country. (quote) He starts to have constant thoughts about becoming king and has "horrible imaginings" about killing Duncan (III.iii.137). The witches are the first influence on Macbeth, but they are certainly not his last. His own wife, Lady Macbeth is very influential on the descions Macbeth makes.
This essay will answer the question "To what extent is Macbeth to blame for the tragic events of Macbeth. Macbeth begins the play as a noble and trustworthy soldier. Unfortunately, three witches tell him three prophecies and it is these prophecies that gradually change Macbeth into a greedy, untrustworthy, ambitious man. Lady Macbeth is also overruled by her ambition, which is one of the main themes in the book, and not only encourages her husband to kill the king, but also plans it herself. Macbeth is obviously gullible as he believes the witches after a while and relies on their prophecies constantly.