In the plotline of Macbeth, we find that the main theme can be expressed as wretched destruction through the selfish ambitions of others that seem to have no moral constraints. These ideas are most evident and powerful in the book’s two main characters – Macbeth, a Scottish general who is not naturally inclined to commit violent deeds, while deep down, has a strong desire to advance in status and power. As a result of his lingering evil intentions, he kills Duncan against his original moral judgments to quench his thirst for power, and is later tormented by guilt and paranoia regarding the violent act of murder he committed.
Toward the end of the play, he boasts out in a frantic frenzy over how much he has changed over the murder of the king, and finally realizes his impulsive desires out what pushed him over the limits of moral well being, Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, pursues her goals of having power and status with even greater determination than Macbeth could’ve offered. However, she is less capable of receiving the recoil of the cruel deeds committed by her ‘beloved’. She forcefully spurs her husband Macbeth into killing Duncan as a result of her impulsive ambitions.
In fact, she made Macbeth become the killer that he is by using his masculinity against himself. Macbeth, a noble general didn’t want to be seen as a coward inn the eyes of his wife, so he was in a way ‘forced’ to commit the murder for the sake of his reputational status. Although Lady Macbeth urged Macbeth to keep calm and stay strong during the stressful aftermath of the murder, his bloodshed and worrisome ‘vibes’ soon got the best of Lady Macbeth’s conscience/ subconscious behavior and thought. As a result, she was tormented with dreams that she was unable to wash the blood of Duncan off her hands.
She becomes ill, “not so sick my lord, but troubled with thick coming fantasies that keep her from her rest” (Macbeth,V,iii,) likely due to the guilt from her selfish, unconstrained thirst for power. The problem the play is suggesting is that once one is commits an evil deed, it is difficult to stop. When Macbeth had that first thought of evil intention implanted into his mind, courtesy of the witches’ radical prophecies, it grew like a well watered seed. Branches of other uncontrollable thoughts sprouted from that one original idea.
While Macbeth was able to control most of his conscious thoughts, his subconscious was growing with ideas by the second – whether or not he was actually aware of it. As a result, the subconscious implantation eventually spread into his conscious to the point where he can only see the personal gain for himself from killing Duncan, while completely ignoring all the other possible consequences he might face from the murder. In other words, from one simple idea, it just shows how one can be turned from a naive, yet noble general to an infected mind full of murder, personal gain, narrow-mindedness, selfishness, ignorance, and arrogance. 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, here, But here upon this bank and shoal of time, We’d jump the life to come”… “I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself And falls on th’other. ” It is baffling, yet understandable to fully figure out why Macbeth went through what he did simply just to cover up a murder that he felt so emotionally charged to commit.
His tremendous effort to cover up the murder y blaming his chamberlains with false bloody daggers exemplifies his thoughts regarding the aftermath and his AMBITION to rise the ranks. There is a good chance that in one point of the play, he went along with the false convictions he blamed others for to the point where he actually believed his own alibis. His actions literally closed his conscious mind of any logical follow up that may give away his cover, almost fully convinced that these guys, the chamberlins,