In this play Macbeth portrays a man in position doing the usual, searching for more power. Macbeth is a young prosperous, ambitious man that is out to fulfill a prophecy. Maybe he is a little too ambitious. At first he wasn’t the murderous type. His wife Lady Macbeth was pretty much behind the whole thing. She convinced him that he should kill King Duncan so he could claim the throne. It might be his character but it doesn’t truly come out till he has Banquo killed. It appears that he doesn’t really care what happens to his friends.
He first kills King Duncan and then to cover up his crime he must lower himself even more to kill his close friend Banquo. It makes no sense how someone could possibly kill someone close to them just because they might threaten your position and power in the world.
One question that comes to mind is that if Lady Macbeth hadn’t been there would Macbeth have committed the murders. She had a lot of influence in this man. For someone to murder somebody because they were told to would be blind obedience and they are still responsible no matter what. All the killing must get to Macbeth in some way or another. Macbeth seems like a good person but he is driven by power and wealth pretty much like most people in the world now days.
In this can be seen the downward cycle of his life into destruction due to his lack of character. Instead of being driven on conviction he was driven by power, wealth, and the influence of evil people around him.
Macbeth who started out to be a man of honor and integrity was destroyed and corrupted by his major flaw ambition and influenced deeply by his wife Lady Macbeth. Even though he ends up conscience-stricken he ends up in utter degradation in order to cover up his sins.
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