A character study of Macbeth

At the start of the play, we learn that Macbeth is a soldier and that he is the Thane of Glamis. He is said to be brave “But all’s too weak for brave Macbeth.” The wounded captain describes his action to king Duncan “he unseamed him from the nave to the chops and fixed his head upon our battlement.” from that we can see that he is a good warrior. Later on in the same scene the thane of Ross says that Macbeth is married to the war “bellona’s bridegroom” which shows he is stronger than a normal human being.

When Macbeth meets the three witches he becomes ambitious, they tell him he is the thane of Cawdor and that he will become king. “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee thane of Glamis”. ” All hail Macbeth, hail to thee thane of cawdor” “All hail Macbeth, that should be king hereafter.” he wants to know more “stay you imperfect speaker. Tell me more” at this point he doesn’t officially knows that he is the thane of cawdor so he is kind of curious.

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When Macbeth learns that he really is the Thane of Cawdor he remember what the witches said and now he wants to be king and thinks about killing King Duncan “Glamis, the Thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind”. “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair”

Macbeth writes to his wife, Lady Macbeth, to tell her about the witches’ prophecies. She is an evil person but she thinks that Macbeth is too nice to kill Duncan to become king. She says that Macbeth is ” too full of the’ milk of humane kindness to catch the nearest way”. When macbeth comes back from the war he tells lady macbeth that king Duncan is going to stay at their house and lady macbeth tells him about her plan and that he should act very nice on the outside but that he should be really evil on the inside “look like th’innocent flower but be the serpent under’t” lady macbeth is far more comfortable with the idea of murder, she prays to the evil spirits, and she takes everything under control. This shows that lady Macbeth is much more evil than her husband.

When king Duncan gives the ring to his son Malcolm that shows he should be the next king Macbeth gets really jealous. He admits his ambition to be king and that he would kill Duncan if he has to.

When the time comes to kill the king Macbeth gets really anxious. He only finds reasons not to kill the king. In this statement he shows he is a bit evil and doesn’t really care about death and that if he kills Duncan he would have to kill other people. “If th’assassination could trammel up the consequences, and catch, with his surcease, success, but this blow might be the be-all and the end -all. Here we ‘d jump the life to come but in this cases we still have judgement here, that we teach bloody instruction which being taught. Return to plague th’inventor. ”

In the same act, when lady macbeth comes into the room he tells her he doesn’t want to kill him “we will proceed no further in this business” but she blackmail him by insulting his manhood and calls him a “coward”. I think it’s important to put that quote because it shows that Macbeth is really influancable by his wife. He wasn’t that much evil but his wife turned him into a monster.

Macbeth start to become mad when he goes to kill Duncan, he has hallucination “mine eyes are making the fool s o th’ other senses” it shows that the murder is really affecting him.

Macbeth doesn’t really know what he is doing. He took the dagger back in his room with him even though it wasn’t in the plan. And lady Macbeth has to cover for him, which shows again that she is more in controlled of this murder than him.

This murder affects him in loads of different ways:

– He gets really jumpy “didst thou not hear a noise – I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry. Did not you speak? -When? -Now-As I descended? -Ay”

– He has remorse “this is a sorry sight” as he looks at his hand.

– He has a problem with god “but wherefore could I not prononce amen? I had the most need of a blessing and amen was stuck in my throat.”

– And most of all he becomes mad and has hallucinations: “I heard a voice cry ‘sleep no more, macbeth does murder sleep’.”

– And also Macbeth killed two guards, which was not in the plan so he starts to become evil.

Macbeth as king is not happy. He is paranoid, cruel, a tyrant, and a despot. He feels he has no power as king “a fruitless crown and a barren sceptre” this sentence has two pond as fruitless can mean both pointless/no children and barren means empty/cannot have children. it shows that he is not as happy as he thought he would be. But again Macbeth becomes jealous of Banquo so he decide to have him and his son killed .now that he is king he can get other people to kill for him so it is really convenient for him. He wants to stop the witches ‘prophecy. He doesn’t tell lady Macbeth about the murder, which shows a growth in power. Banquo gets killed but his son escape.

During the banquet, Macbeth sees banquo’s ghost. He feels guilty and he becomes more and more mad. He is massively afraid. He knows that there will be consequences to his murder “blood will have blood”. He talks about the murder and nearly gives everything away to his guest. at that moment he is at his lowest point in the play.

Macbeth decides to go to the witches and they tell him 3 things

– Beware of macduff

– None of woman borne shall harm macbeth

– Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be until great byrnam wood to high dunsinane hill

This gives Macbeth a missive boost of confidence and he feels invisible. All his guilt and madness are transferred to his wife. Macbeth becomes extremely evil and decides to kill macduff’s family because he is gone to England to make an army with Malcolm to kill Macbeth. Now macbeth is a monstrous human being and we don’t have any compassion for him anymore. Everyone is deserting macbeth because everyone knows what he did. Now macbeth will be again the brave soldier he was at the start of the play and fight a

Another sign of insanity appears during a banquet and Macbeth sees

Banquo’s ghost. He starts to reveal everything to everyone but then lady macbeth covers for him… once more.

When he hears

For us Macbeth is born a brave warrior and dies as a brave warrior. But he went through lots of different phase he became this ambitious man who would do anything to become king, he becomes a killer increasingly cruel, and he is a jealous man. He isn’t a real murderer because murder makes him mad

At the start of the play macbeth is a brave warrior and at the end of the play he is a brave warrior again. But under the influence of his evil wife he becomes an ambitious man who would do anything to become king, increasingly his killing become more and more evil. He has a jealous temper.

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