“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52) In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare portrays a clear picture of how Macbeth is so ambitious that his ambition pushes him to kill whoever gets in between his plans all because he wants to be king. Violence begets violence and will lead to self destruction. With every violence there will always come a punishment along with it which Macbeth must face. In Act Two, Macbeth’s ambition with his wife, Lady Macbeth displayed the killing of Duncan. Although his wife did not kill Duncan, she was still part of the idea and knew what Macbeth had planned out. Once Macbeth murdered him, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were filled with guilt all over. After this, Macbeth started struggling with being able to sleep at night.
“Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore cawdor shall sleep no more! Macbeth shall sleep no more!” (2.2.42-43)This quote signifies how Macbeth realizes what he has done to Duncan but this is also an example of violence because his violence pushes him to keep killing so he could get what he wants which is to become king. In Act three, it shows how Macbeth’s violence will lead to self destruction because he feels that the work they started by killing Duncan is not yet finished since there is still threats to the throne that need to be gone so he then hires the three murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance, which is Banquo’s son. Once of of the murderers have killed Banquo, they announce it at Macbeth’s banquet. Fleance was able to escape from the murderers when the lights went out.
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The murderers then take his body to tell Macbeth what has happened. At the banquet, Banquo’s’ “bloody ghost” was seen by Macbeth at the table. “The tables full” (3.4.47) This quote signifies how Macbeth notices that Banquo’s ghost is present and is sitting on the king’s chair. At this point, Lady Macbeth is so fearful on the inside that her husband will reveal too much at the banquet but does not show her emotions. Macbeth has got so used to the idea of killing to earn the crown.
In Act four, Macbeth starts sinking down into insanity that he stays doing what he wants to get that crown. He goes and sees the witches once again and they warn him about Macduff. Once the witches tell Macbeth this, it scares him so he wants to get rid of the threat that Macduff has for him.
While Maduff is helping build an army in England with Malcolm, Macbeth gets furious because he knows that Macduff’s loyalties do not lie with him. Because of this, Macbeth sends the murderers to kill his family. No one sees this coming but Lady Macduff is is mad that Macduff left his family alone.
The messenger tries warning Lady Macduff before the murderers get there but she ignores it. “Whither should I fly to? I have done no harm. But I remember now I am in this earthly world, where to do harm Is often laudable, to do good sometime Accounted dangerous folly” (4.2. 73) This quote signifies that she’s asking where to fly to because she hasn’t done harm to anyone. The murderers kill the family to get rid of the threat.
Violence begets violence and will lead to self destruction. Towards the end, Lady Macbeth was so drained and traumatized with all the murders that she kills herself. Macbeth was killed by Macduff. He ended up losing and Malcolm becomes the new king of Scotland.
Being violent will never get you anywhere and will just lead you to negative consequences. Macbeth did all the murdering for nothing because he never even got the crown. Being so ambitious can be a bad act at times.