For though one principle reason of his jealousy was the prophecy of the witches in favour of Banquo's issue, yet here starts forth another quite consistent with a temper not quite free from timidity. On the one hand, these contradictory statements are the kind of riddles we would expect from witches; on the other, the lines suggest a paradox that runs throughout the play: Life frequently presents a confused picture of events in which discerning truth from falsehood is difficult.
Act 1 Scene 4 Macbeth is clearly worried by the strength of his own ambition which he refers to as black and deep desires. Updated September 05, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most intense characters. What the Sistine Madonna was to Raphael, it seems that Macbeth was to Shakespeare--a magnificent impromptu; that kind of impromptu which results from the application of well-disciplined powers and rich stores of thought to subject suggested by occasion.
Then summoning all his fortitude, he proceeds to the bloody business without any further recoils. Banquo's contemptuous defiance of the Witches seemed so bold to Macbeth, that he long after mentions it as an instance of his dauntless spirit, when he recollects that he 'chid the sisters.
All his answers to the trivial questions of Lenox and Macduff are evidently given by a man thinking of something else; and by taking a tincture from the subject of his attention, they become equivocal.
The noble Macduff is allowed the satisfaction of saving his country by punishing with his own hand the tyrant who had murdered his wife and children.
The accession of James made Scottish subjects popular in England, and the tale of Macbeth and Banquo would be one of the first to be brought forward, as Banquo was held to be an ancestor of the new king. Macbeth is always shaken upon great, and frequently alarmed upon trivial, occasions.
It abounds in instances of extremest compression and most daring ellipsis, while it exhibits in every scene a union of supreme dramatic and poetic power, and in almost every line an imperially irresponsible control of language. Evil Spirits in Macbeth - An essay analyzing the play from a religious perspective.
But the difference in their character accounts for such a distribution. We first hear of the witches and the play.