Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play
Our first impressions of Macbeth are that he is a hero, he is brave
and fearless, and although we get this impression we also get the
feeling that he is ruthless. Macbeth has just been in battle against
"The merciless Macdonwald" and a Captain is talking about how Macbeth
and his fellow Captain, Banquo, performed in battle. "Which ne'er
shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, till he unseam'd him from the
nave to the chaps, and fix his head upon our battlements."
While Macbeth is in battle the Thane of Cawdor is found to be a
traitor and executed. The King, Duncan, hears of Macbeth's bravery and
grants him the Thane's title. "There's no art to find the mind's
construction in the face. He was a gentleman on whom I built an
absolute trust." This means Duncan has seen Macbeth's success and he
is a worthy gentleman who Duncan is building a trust for. This leads
us to believe that Macbeth is in no way a traitor and that he is brave
enough to deserve such a distinguished title. This is a great reward
for any man but Macbeth deserves it for fighting for his country.
Duncan calls Macbeth and Banquo "Worthy gentlemen". Yet this hero
kills the king, why?
The first step to King Duncan's murder was the awakening of his
ambitions as he returned from battle against Macdonwald and his
rebels. The three witches in the tragedy Macbeth are introduced right
at the beginning of the play. These creatures were expecting Macbeth
and had prepared. They knew Macbeth's past and future and called him a
They recount to Macbeth three prophecies. "Hail to thee, thane of
glamis." "Hail to thee thane of Cawdor." "Hail to thee that shall be
king here after."
These prophecies introduce Macbeth to ideas of greatness. Macbeth will
eventually follow through on killing king Duncan, a destruction of the
natural order; it think that the witches had the ability to reverse
the natural order of things. Or was it fate? This brings into the play
idea of fate and the role with which it has in the play. I wonder if
Macbeth ever had a chance of doing what was right after he met with
the witches or would his "vaulting ambition" of come out any way.
Banquo his best friend says, "The instruments of darkness tell us
truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray 's in deepest
consequence." He thinks and says bad things of the witches and he is
right but Macbeth cannot see this for he is over come with belief for
such things to happen although he does want to know more. "Stay you
imperfect speakers, tell me more." He may believe that these
prophecies will only bring harm even before anything begins to happen
but still is interested in knowing more as he tells his wife, "I
burned in desire to question them further they made themselves air
into which they...