Butcher and His Fiend Like Queen in William Shakespeare's Macbeth
I do agree with this judgement of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, but only
in some aspects of the play by William Shakespeare. There are many
arguments for this judgement; these will be discussed in this essay.
In act one scene two Macbeth is portrayed as a heartless, merciless
and brutal warrior. We get this impression of Macbeth from the report
that is given to King Duncan by the captain; "For brave Macbeth (well
he deserves that name) Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
which smok'd with bloody execution" this quote explains how Macbeth is
a brave warrior in the face of battle and is not scared of any man.
Throughout this play Macbeth has a wild ambition for power. Macbeth
craves the power so much he will kill for the title of the king.
Killing the king in the time of William Shakespeare is regarded as the
worst crime possible. Macbeths craving for power is surfaced after he
meets three evil witches in Act one scene three; who prophesise he is
to be Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and to be king there after.
"All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth,
hail to thee Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king
hereafter." After hearing this Macbeth is shocked to hear this news as
being Thane of Cawdor is a huge title to his ears, let alone being
King. As the witches quickly move away Macbeth is curious to know more
and what these creatures are speaking of: "Stay you imperfect
speakers, tell me more" Macbeth wants their statements to be true and
therefore tries to find out more information about what he could be in
Macbeth needs a driving force in his life to enable him to gain the
power he craves so much. In the play Macbeths driving force comes
partly from Lady Macbeth and the three witches. He does not believe he
has the strength to kill the king- " to be king stands not within
prospects of belief," Lady Macbeth is much like Macbeths character in
the play as she craves power and she can get this power she needs
through her husband Macbeth. Lady Macbeth knows that Macbeth has some
belief in the prophesies which have been told to him by the witches,
and therefore persuades him to commit the murder of King Duncan whilst
he is staying at Macbeths castle. "Come you spirits, that tend on
mortal thoughts, unsex me here" Lady Macbeth knows how evil the act
she is about to commit is, and therefore asks the spirits to unsex her
metaphorically as the crime that her and her husband will commit could
be done by no human or mortal spirit.
On the night that the murder will be done Macbeth gets second thoughts
which reveal how scared he is; he is mentally weak and cannot cope "We
will proceed no further in this business" Macbeth does not want to
proceed in the murder...