So where did Macbeth go wrong?
It is seen in the book that Macbeth goes insane from sleep loss and hallucinations they are seeing. It starts with Macbeth in the play in act II, scene I, lines 41-72, when his ambition drove him to the point of insanity where he saw a floating, bloody dagger pointing to the king’s room where then he committed treason, killing the king. Later on, we see Macbeth seeing ghosts that aren’t actually present. This is directly seen in the book in act III, scene IV, lines 48-51, after Lennox asks the king to sit, but Macbeth will not sit in his chair because he sees Banquo’s ghost sitting in it. Basically, Macbeth’s ambition to become king led him to killing the current king. The paranoia of doing that led him to killing Banquo as well, in order to keep his place as king. He is also shown as going insane through the whole play along with his wife from just the loss of sleep. With the loss of sleep it wore down Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s physical and psychological state, this lead to them not sleeping straight and even Lady Macbeth sleepwalking. This is all a result of their ambition being too strong towards the wrong actions. After killing the king, they could not sleep due to the guilt they felt. Macbeth even quotes his guilt as he hears knocking in act II, scene II, line 94.
"Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!"
Macbeth’s ambition started right after he got the prophecy from the witches in this play, saying that he would become king. In act I, scene III, lines 141-153, he’s talking aside to himself right after hearing this.
"This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good. If ill, why hath it given me earnest of success. Commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor. If good, why I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature? Present fears are less than horrible imaginings: my thought whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is but what is not."
Basically, Macbeth is saying this news can’t be good or bad. If it’s good, why does he feel the urge to kill the king? If bad, how does he even achieve such success? Now, back in this time period, the king was not to be messed with. Sedition was punished severely by burning, decapitation, or by hanging. These punishments were usually made public to set an example for any future people speaking out or revolting against the king. Knowing this, we can see why after he kills the king, he is feeling so guilty that he is driven to insanity and sleep deprivation. Psychologist Matthew Walker of the University of California, Berkeley, is an expert on psychology and understands sleep as a huge necessity for our brains.
"Almost all psychiatric disorders show some problems with sleep.''
With this said, Macbeth's ambition lead him to increased insanity as he decreased in sleep. He was seeing and hearing things that were not real and this really was his biggest downfall. All this over his extreme ambition to becoming king as soon as possible. Too bad Macbeth didn't just wait for fate to play itself.
First, we have Luke 9:25. This verse says is "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?" What is taken from this verse is we shouldn't be focused on things that change you. There is no purpose of having everything if you lose yourself. Macbeth gave up basically his entire life and all his friends in order to become king. He became king, but it wasn't worth it in the end. Likewise, in 1 John 2:16 informs, "For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world." What can be taken from this is things of the world aren't as good as the Lord so don't let anything lead you from God. Macbeth, again, put becoming king above everything else, which in the end lead to insanity and downfall.
Next, Matthew 6:33 says "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." This can be translated to seek God and have ambition for him and he will give you what you need. Macbeth didn't have any sort of religious ambition, just ambition for becoming king. Comparatively, Matthew 5:6 states, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." This shows that we should have ambition for God's word. Macbeth was a very ambitious man, but he had selfish ambition, only for himself, which lead to evil.
Finally, Philippians 2:3-4 declares "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." This implies we should do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain. We should pay attention to the interest of others, unlike Macbeth. He only did things for himself, he didn't care about others interests. Macbeth did listen to his wife, but she also had selfish ambition.