It could not be more obvious that Macbeth had a weak mind-set in the story of Macbeth. It is first noticed when he begins to take into thought what the three witches told him about being king. It is also noticed when he lets his own wife convince him to murder King Duncan to acclaim the throne. Essentially Macbeth does not want to kill King Duncan, but due to some persuading words from his wife Macbeth kills Duncan and regrets it terribly. After Macbeth murders King Duncan his wife has to consol him and make him wash the blood from the murders off of his hands. Furthermore, Macbeth shows off his weak mindset by allowing his mind to become a vicious murderer. The weakening of Macbeth’s mind seemed to begin around the time that King Duncan announces that his son Malcolm is heir to the throne and this is when Macbeth begins to ponder murder. Mainly until act four it is Lady Macbeth who dominates over Macbeth. In the story Lady Macbeth repeatedly pushes Macbeth into doing things he knows is wrong and doe...
... middle of paper ...
Griffin, Gillian. "Lady Macbeth's Daughter." Booklist 1 Aug. 2014: 56. General One File. Web. 17 Dec. 2014.
"'Macbeth,' MN." Back Stage, National ed. 27 Aug. 2014: 25. General One File. Web. 17 Dec. 2014.
Stuckey, Connie. "Death of a Valentine." Booklist 1 Dec. 2014: 27+. General One File. Web. 17 Dec. 2014.
Wilhelm, Jeffrey, et al. Glencoe Literature: The Reader’s Choice Columbus, OH: McGraw Hill, 2014.
"'Macbeth,' MN." Back Stage, National ed. 27 Aug. 2014: 25. General OneFile. Web. 17 Dec. 2014.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- ... 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). As this quotation demonstrates, Macbeth is now eager to have the witches prophecies fulfilled as he knows now what his future holds. The witches also deliver another prophecy to Macbeth which aids in his downfall. This prophecy explains that no man who was born of a woman is capable of harming Macbeth.... [tags: character roles, downfall]
767 words (2.2 pages)
- There will always be one prevailing evil, which is the cause of every evil that gradually follows. However, it is always good people that are seduced to act immorally, often driven by one supreme evil: selfish desires. Ambition is good, but it is what one ends up doing with that ambition that eventually seals their fate. In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the recurring motif of blood and violence in order to further his theme that overreaching ambition leads to permanent consequences. Guilt was a significant consequence for the selfish killing of King Duncan, and Shakespeare shows how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were affected by guilt through the motif of blood.... [tags: evil, story and character analysis]
927 words (2.6 pages)
- Considered one of the darkest and most influential of the tragedies, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth tells of the effects one suffers due to war and the lust for power. Macbeth himself is led to believe that he deserving and destined to become the king of Scotland, and allows his thoughts and actions to become corrupted due to his ambition. While Macbeth loses himself in his conspiracies to murder his king and his friends, the character of Macduff shows true strength and honor throughout the play.... [tags: murder, tragic, lust, power]
827 words (2.4 pages)
- Feelings of guilt run through his head. His victim’s blood fills his hands as unlawful proof of his crime. He just knows that he is one step closer to becoming king, after being hypnotized by the witches’ prophecies. Little does he know that this will lead to his downfall. Play writer William Shakespeare shows just how the witches' prophecies impact the decisions that Macbeth makes in achieving power in a scene from his famous play Macbeth. With this in mind, Shakespeare suggests that the witches impact the play and its characters in a very destructive way.... [tags: Macbeth, Shakespeare, ]
494 words (1.4 pages)
- ... Macbeth acting as the susceptible puppet, allows his many puppeteers to use him, heeding twisted promises from witches and forceful prodding from his wife. His appetite for power is fueled by his cunning wife who, taking initiative, plots the destruction of King Duncan. According to Lady Macbeth’s conspiracy, Macbeth murders the king and despite his guilt Macbeth concedes to his wife’s chiding and assurance, “My hands are of your color, but I shame To wear a heart so white. I hear a knocking At the south entry.... [tags: Authority, Corruption]
711 words (2 pages)
- William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the history of English literature as well as the world’s paramount playwright. Possibly the most superlative writing attribute he possessed was his unmatched ability of characterization. Shakespeare created unique, opaque, and eminent characters who related to almost everyone. When one thinks of these famous characters, Shakespeare’s tragedy of Macbeth comes into consideration. Macbeth is possibly Shakespearian Theatre’s densest and most disturbed character, and this prestigious title can be credited to his obvious psychological problems.... [tags: Shakespeare, Macbeth, ]
1196 words (3.4 pages)
- Macbeth, written between the years of 1603 and 1606, is one of the most well-known plays of William Shakespeare. This play is based on historical events Shakespeare modified from Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland. This drama portrays the rise of the ambition-powered Macbeth to the throne of Scotland. It depicts the numerous murders and malicious schemes Macbeth undertook to consolidate his power. Many of the accounts in Macbeth are historically accurate; however, some parts of the play were adapted and modified to fit the current times in which Shakespeare lived.... [tags: Play Analysis, Shakespeare]
1614 words (4.6 pages)
- The Lust for Power in Macbeth by William Shakespeare *Works Cited Not Included Macbeth's destiny and his lust for power, confirmed by the Three Witches and Lady Macbeth, leads to destruction. Every act that Macbeth commits effects the kingdom as a whole. Macbeth's indecisiveness and his understanding of success cause this destruction. This lust for power leads Macbeth, as it would all men, to an evil that exist in everyone. It is his destiny to fail.... [tags: Papers]
853 words (2.4 pages)
- "This dead butcher." To what extent is it possible to sympathize with Macbeth. William Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth” is based upon the danger of the lust for power and betrayal of friends, which certainly involves Macbeth. I feel that to describe Macbeth as "this dead butcher" is an unfair way of summarizing him at the end of the play because he was a hero to begin with, but he ruins his noble nature as he is weakened by evil. Macbeth, a hero at the opening of the play, is told by three "weird sisters" that he will become great.... [tags: Shakespeare Macbeth]
1640 words (4.7 pages)
- The Role of the Witches in the Downfall of Shakespeare's MacBeth MacBeth by William Shakespeare is a play which shows the uprise of MacBeth, the treachery and his eventual downfall. Witchcraft plays a major part in MacBeth's actions and his weak character is easily manipulated. Although being an honest and brave man earlier, his ambition clouds his judgement. His life is tragic and through some terrible deeds ends in catastrophe. MacBeth is Thane of Glamis and a highly honorable and respected man.... [tags: Shakespeare MacBeth]
699 words (2 pages)