In “Bring me no more reports. Let

In the Elizabethan era, the killing of a king was equal to condemning oneself to eternal damnation. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the events that take place are due to Macbeth’s oversized ambition, and confidence. Throughout the play, Macbeth’s decisions are ponderously affected by the witches prophecies.The confidence of Macbeth is heavily influenced by the prophecies told by the Witches. Here Macbeth says, “Bring me no more reports. Let them fly all. Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane I cannot taint with fear.” (5.3.1-2). In this quote, Macbeth says he doesn’t care if all his men desert him in battle. Considering that until Birnam Woods gets up and moves he will not be afraid. This displays Macbeth’s overconfidence causing him to act foolishly. Rather being careful and trying to control his men on his side, he willingly neglects them. Furthermore, he excludes himself. Macbeth aimlessly follows his interpretation of the witches prophecy. As for these prophecies, it rises Macbeth’s confidence in what he does. Another prophecy that Macbeth forces to be true is when he attempts to kill Banquo and Fleance with an ambush. The ideology behind this is when Macbeth says, “Then, prophet-like, they hailed him father to a line of kings. Upon my head, they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren scepter in my grip.” (3.1.64-67). This situation is irritating Macbeth because, despite all his hard work to gain kingship to the throne, he won’t be able to pass it on to one of his own. It indicates Macbeth’s anger and his complaints about how his kingship will be passed to another man’s son. Along with the fact that every prophecy that has been told to Macbeth, he has always assumed them to be true. Furthermore, another prophecy Macbeth forces is when he kills King Duncan. Macbeth says, “How is ‘t with me when every noise appalls me? What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes. Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red,” (2.2.76-81). In these lines, Macbeth understand that his guilt will never leave him. Macbeth the begins to hallucinate to later see himself plucking out his own eyes in compensation of King Duncan’s death.Throughout the play, Macbeth is developed through the quote, “Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.” (1.6.76-77). Meaning that if Macbeth wants to deceive the others he must play innocent so he can hide his true intention and nature.