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Macbeth: Ambition and Greed
Transcript of Macbeth: Ambition and Greed
Ambition and Greed in Macbeth
Planning Duncan's Murder
"Will it not be received,
When we have marked with blood those sleepy two
Of his own chamber and used their very daggers,
That they have done ’t?"
(Act 1. 7. 75-77)
Against Duncan's Murder
1st thoughts of becoming king
After Banquo's Death
After the Banquet
While at the banquet, Banquo's ghost enters and sits in Macbeth's place. Only Macbeth can see the spectre; the rest panic at the sight of Macbeth raging at an empty chair, until a desperate Lady Macbeth orders them to leave.
After the murder of Maduff's family
-braver and bolder
-vows to kill Macduff's family
After the three apparitions
The final battle
- we see his ambition and desire that he will become king
- after, we see his disappointment for not being selected
- followed by his acceptance that he must eliminate Duncan in order to gain power and the crown
- here his ambition is shown for the first time, and we see that he is resolved enough to commit a crime like that
Macbeth has just become king after the death of King Duncan and is inviting Banquo, who is going hunting with his son, to a banquet in honor of his coronation. However, after Banquo leaves, Macbeth decrees that he [Banquo] and his son must die because:
1. Banquo knows of the weird sisters' prediction of Macbeth becoming king.
2. The weird sisters said that Banquo's offspring would be kings after Macbeth.
Macbeth and Banquo are talking in Macbeth's new castle.
DUNCAN: (speaking to sons, relatives, thanes)
"We will establish our estate upon
Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
The prince of Cumberland"
Upon the Coronation of Macbeth
(After Duncan's death)
(aside) The prince of Cumberland! That is a step
On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires.
The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.
- Turning point between Ambition and Greed.
- Duncan's murder was necessary for Macbeth's success.
L> An unfortunate requirement of his mission to become King.
- Ambition is to strive for a goal with great passion.
L> Macbeth's goal was to become king.
- Macbeth's goal was achieved after the death of Duncan and so his ambition for power should have ended, but his fear that Banquo will speak against him foreshadows that he is not done.
- Macbeth is jealous that Banquo's children would become kings and not his own.
If you are starving and in search of food, that is "ambition". If a stranger or friend gives you some food, you goal has been met because you are no longer hungry. If you stay and continue to take food from the person, until every last crumb is gone, that is "greed".
"They hailed him father to a line of kings.
Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown
And put a barren scepter in my gripe,
Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,
No son of mine succeeding."
Act 3.1 61-65
Macbeth is having a private (side) conversation with one of the murders, right before sitting down with his lords.
After Banquo left for his hunting trip Macbeth ordered his three murderers to kill him and his son. Banquo is killed but Fleance (his son) survives. At the banquet, before he is seated, this news is reported to Macbeth who is not pleased because Banquo's bloodline still exists.
"Hath nature that in time will venom breed."
Act 3.4 30
A Growing Seed of Greed
- Macbeth is still jealous that Banquo's bloodline might be heir to the throne before his own children.
- Greed quickly makes a man stingy and keeps him from sharing his. possessions form fear that he may lose them.
L> Macbeth does not want to give up the throne to anyone. When he dies, the only remaining part of him would be his blood and he wanted to prevent others from taking it, even after his death.
- Hated the fact that he killed Duncan so that Banquo's children could be kings.
Macbeth is talking to himself while his wife is listening.
After ordering the three murderers to kill Banquo, Macbeth's banquet is interrupted by his [Banquo] ghost. After realizing that something is wrong with their king, the lords leave at the request of Lady Macbeth who is worried that her husband will spill their secret.
"...I will tomorrow -
And betimes I will - to the weird sisters"
Act 3.4 132-133
- Macbeth wants more power, and in order to quench his greed, he resolves to to meet with the weird sisters because there is power in knowing the future.
- Greed creates stinginess which in turn creates a false reality in the person's mind:
I am the best and I have what "they" want. I am 100% certain that they will do whatever they can in order to take that away from me. Therefore, I must engage in a preemptive strike, and eliminate them before they get the chance.
- This is why Macbeth decides to kill anyone who "gets in his way"; because he is convinced that everyone is out to get him.
What the three apparitions tell him:
The first advises him to beware of Macduff. The second tells him that he cannot be harmed by a man 'born of woman'. The third that he cannot be conquered till Birnam Wood marches against him. Macbeth is then shown the ghost of Banquo and his descendants, eight future Kings of Scotland, verifying the original prophecy.
Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff.
Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough
Act 4, Scene 1, Page 4
Be violent, bold, and firm. Laugh at the power of other men, because nobody born from a woman will ever harm Macbeth
Act 4, Scene 1, Page 4
Be brave like the lion and proud. Don’t even worry about who hates you, who resents you, and who conspires against you. Macbeth will never be defeated until Birnam Wood marches to fight you at Dunsinane Hill.
Act 4, Scene 1, Page 5
Macbeth, disturbed, goes to the Witches again. They conjure up three spirits with three further warnings and prophecies, which tell him to "beware Macduff", but also that "none of woman born shall harm Macbeth" and he will "never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him". Since Macduff is in exile in England, Macbeth assumes that he is safe; so he puts to death everyone in Macduff's castle, including Macduff's wife and their young children.
"We will proceed no further in this business.
He hath honored me of late, and I have bought
Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
Not cast aside so soon."
(Act 1. 7. 31-35)
"He’s here in double trust:
First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
Who should against his murderer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself."
(Act 1. 7. 12-16)
"I am settled, and bend up
Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.
Away, and mock the time with fairest show.
False face must hide what the false heart doth know."
(Act 1. 7. 79-82)
-Macbeth realizes that he must be loyal to Duncan as his servant, and host
-In addition, Duncan has treated Macbeth very well lately, thus it would not make sense to kill Duncan in light of his new found glory
-Realizes that of all people, he should be the one to oppose the murder of Duncan
-Although ambitious, here we see that Macbeth is not greedy
-He comes to the conclusion that what he has is already enough, and he has no reason to murder a good king and friend for personal gain
-However, Lady Macbeth will change his mind due to the power of her own greed
vecina razlika je u sustavu
molim vas procitajte na sprskom sto to pise na kraju ove recenice
pa sto niste ljepo procitali gospodine najsli, na kraju sam reko, vi svi pripadnici sekreterijata haskog tribunala mozete samo da prihvatite da mi produvate cuclu
-Here we see that Macbeth's ambition is revived by Lady Macbeth's greed
-He is first weary of getting caught, but his wife reassures them that if they blame the guards, they won't get caught
-He then resolves to murder Duncan, and tells Lady Macbeth to hide their evil desires from others
-Lady Macbeth presses him into killing Duncan again, and his ambition now becomes closer to greed due to the influence of Lady Macbeth's greed
Macbeth killed Macduff;s familiy out of pure revenge.