Macbeth’s Desire to Become King

Macbeth’s Desire to Become King

Intro Lead: Fate is something that will inevitably happen in the future, while free will is the power that you have to make your own decisions. Link: In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, the events in Macbeth’s life do not present themselves through fate, but rather through the results of the decisions he makes himself. Subtopic 1: Macbeth’s desire Subtopic 2: Lady Macbeth’s Influence Subtopic 3: Misunderstanding of the prophecies Thesis: Macbeth’s fate is determined by free will and his actions, both of which eventually catch up to him resulting in his death.

Intro written out Fate is something that will inevitably happen in the future, while free will is the power that you have to make your own decisions. In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, the events in Macbeth’s life do not present themselves through fate, but rather through the results of the decisions he makes himself. Macbeth’s desire is the principle downfall of both him and Lady Macbeth, provoking numerous deaths. Lady Macbeth plays a leading role in influencing Macbeth to act as he does, and she also has a way of revealing the truly evil side of Macbeth.

Hearing the prophecies was the icing on the cake for Macbeth, when the three witches revealed these to Macbeth it set his plan in motion. Macbeth’s fate is determined by his free will and his actions, both of which eventually catch up to him resulting in his death. Subtopic 1 Topic Sentence: Macbeth’s desire to become king seemingly affects his capabilities of recognizing right from wrong. Point: When Macbeth is told by the three witches that one day he will become King of Scotland the first thing he thinks of is how he must kill Duncan and how he must not be caught.

Proof:  “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well       It were done quickly: if th’ assassination Could trammel up the consequence, and catch With his surcease success; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all — “ (Act 1, Sc. 7, 1-5) Comment: Realistically, killing Duncan was one of the only ways that Macbeth would in turn become king however at this point in the play he had not thoroughly thought out how he would need to kill many other people in order to fulfill his wish. Point: Eventually Macbeth realized that he had dug himself hole and he needed to do something drastic to get out of it.

However with his continuous determination, instead of finding a solution to his problem or finding a more peaceful way out he decided to commit numerous foolish murders. Proof: For example: In Act 3, Scene 2, Macbeth orders the murder of Banquo because he feels that Banquo may suspect that he is to blame for the murder of Duncan. And again in Act 4, Scene one he proclaims that he will have Macduff’s family killed. Comment: Instead of stopping, retreating and allowing someone who rightfully should be king to become king, Macbeth continued to destroy everything that stood even remotely near his pathway to becoming king.

Concluding Statement: Being a determined man is not a bad thing, however when your determination turns into insensitivity and pure cruelty, it will not only hurt the people whom you directly hurt, but your actions will eventually hurt you. Subtopic 1 – Written out Macbeth’s desire to become king seemingly affects his capabilities of recognizing right from wrong. When Macbeth is told by the three witches that one day he will become King of Scotland the first thing he thinks of is how he must kill Duncan and how he must not be caught.

When Macbeth says “If it were done when ’tis done/ then ’twere well/It were done quickly: if th’ assassination/Could trammel up the consequence, and catch/ With his surcease success; that but this blow/Might be the be-all and the end-all — “ (Act 1, Sc. 7, 1-5) he is demonstrating his thought process behind how he will kill Duncan. Realistically, killing Duncan was one of the only ways that Macbeth would in turn become king however at this point in the play he had not thoroughly thought out how he would need to kill many other people in order to fulfill his wish.

Eventually Macbeth realized that he had dug himself hole and he needed to do something drastic to get out of it. However with his continuous determination, instead of finding a solution to his problem or finding a more peaceful way out he decided to commit numerous foolish murders. For example: In Act 3, Scene 2, Macbeth orders the murder of Banquo because he feels that Banquo may suspect that he is to blame for the murder of Duncan. And again in Act 4, Scene 1, he proclaims that he will have Macduff’s family killed.

Instead of stopping, retreating and allowing someone who rightfully should be king to become king, Macbeth continued to destroy everything that stood even remotely near his pathway to becoming king. Being a determined man is not a bad thing, however when your determination turns into insensitivity and pure cruelty, it will not only hurt the people whom you directly hurt, but your actions will eventually hurt you. Subtopic 2 Topic Sentence: Lady Macbeth plays a leading role in influencing Macbeth to act as he does.

Point: During this play we can see how Lady Macbeth has such an unhealthy influence on Macbeth and how she is the primary cause for his increased determination. Proof: “But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail. When Duncan is asleep” (Act 1, Scene 7, 60-61) Comment: Lady Macbeth challenges Macbeth at many points throughout the book in order to get him to do what she wants. In this particular instance she is egging him on and making sure that he will indeed follow through and murder Duncan.

Point: Lady Macbeth plays a huge role in supporting her husband, she is the cheerleader behind the scenes who eggs everything that he does on, and however at the same time she remains a respectful and honorable wife. Proof: For example: In the banquet scene the ghost of Banquo was causing Macbeth much stress and Lady Macbeth was put on the spot and had to cover for him, this put a lot of pressure on Lady Macbeth however she pulled through and excused Macbeth’s “strange behavior” whilst getting their guests to leave. Comment: In Macbeth’s eyes this was an honorable thing for her to do, she saved him and pulled through just when he needed her.

To him, she could do no wrong, Macbeth was clueless to the fact that Lady Macbeth was only playing her cards right in order to get what she wanted. Concluding Statement: Lady Macbeth plays a very significant role in influencing Macbeth to do what he does; she pulls at his strings strategically making his natural evil and determination to come into play. Eventually not only do these actions come back and haunt Macbeth, but Lady Macbeth as well. Subtopic 2 – Written Out Lady Macbeth plays a leading role in influencing Macbeth to act as he does. During this play we can see how Lady Macbeth has such an unhealthy influence n Macbeth and how she is the primary cause for his increased determination. “But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail, When Duncan is asleep” (Act 1, Scene 7, 60-61). Lady Macbeth challenges Macbeth at many points throughout the book in order to get him to do what she wants. In this particular instance she is making sure that he will indeed follow through and murder Duncan. Lady Macbeth plays a huge role in supporting her husband, she is the cheerleader behind the scenes who eggs everything that he does on, and however at the same time she remains a respectful and honorable wife.

For example: In the banquet scene the ghost of Banquo was causing Macbeth much stress and Lady Macbeth was put on the spot and had to cover for him, this put a lot of pressure on Lady Macbeth however she pulled through and excused Macbeth’s “strange behavior” whilst getting their guests to leave. In Macbeth’s eyes this was an honorable thing for her to do; she saved him and pulled through just when he needed her. To him, she could do no wrong, Macbeth was clueless to the fact that Lady Macbeth was only playing her cards right in order to get what she wanted.

Lady Macbeth plays a very significant role in influencing Macbeth to do what he does; she pulls at his strings strategically making his natural evil and determination to come into play. Eventually not only do these actions come back and haunt Macbeth, but Lady Macbeth as well. Subtopic 3 Topic Sentence: Knowing too much about one’s future will always change a person, generally for the worst. Point: The three witches told Macbeth prophecies about his future, and he did not know how to properly deal with this, he interpreted the predictions in a bad way which in turn had negative effects on him.

Proof: “Macbeth shall live, the lease of nature pay his breath to time and mortal custom. ” (IV, iii, 107-109). Comment: After hearing the prophecies Macbeth begins to believe that he is unstoppable and that no one can get in the way of him becoming king. Point: A large interpretation made my Macbeth would be that no one born of a woman could murder him, his arrogance very obvious at this point. Proof: “Be bloody, bold and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none woman born shall harm Macbeth. ”(IV,i 85-87).

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