Macbeth - Macbeth The Tyrant Essay examples
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At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen as a courageous soldier who is loyal to the King but is corrupted from the witches prophecies and by his and Lady Macbeth’s ambition. Their marriage is of convenience for Lady Macbeth, but for Macbeth it is more than that. He loves his wife, and she takes advantage of that. She is continuously making him feel guilty, for being weak, and challenges his manhood, with these words "When you durst do it, then you were a man, and, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man." (I,vi,50-52), which means, Be a man, and I will love you as one.
Macbeth is a hero to Scotland, and a strong person.. He is a Lord under the rule of King Duncan, and he has no reason to feel…show more content…
This is why he writes to Lady Macbeth, as to prompt her for some persuasion in killing Duncan, and she later refers to the latter as his agreement of the murder when she says "Nor time nor place did then adhere, and yet you would make both"(I,vii,50-52); basically meaning that he was prepared to kill him before, and now he is too weak to go through with it.
Macbeth's true character is revealed in his thougths. Macbeth expresses these thoughts when he is thinking to himself "If chance will haveme King. Why,chance may crown me wihout my stir."(I,iii,143-144). But The thought of murdering the King, or anyone, fills him with horror, and this is why he writes to Lady Macbeth, seeking her support.After the support of Lady Macbeth and with the meeting with the witches eventually does kill his King.
After killing King Duncan , Macbeth is starting to realize what it is that he has done, and becomes suspicious and paranoid of everyone around him by puting spy's in every castle and killing those who are any treat to him what so ever. Banquo is the only other person who knows of the meeting with the witches and he would assume that it was Macbeth who killed the King. The witches also said that Banquo would beget kings but he himself would never be king after Macbeth, and so Macbeth decides that Banquo is a threat to him. To get rid of the treat with banquo he decides to kill him and his son Fleance.
At this point Macbeth is no longer the
Analysis of Macbeth by William Shakespeare Essay
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Analysis of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth between 1605 and1606 in what we call his dark period; it became one of his finest tragedies. Shakespeare loosely based his play on the historical chronicles of Ralph Holinshed.
Macbeth, has everything one could wish from a tragic play: we have temptation, intrigue, murder, insanity, pathos and finally, retribution.
Macbeth, highly esteemed by his monarch and peers, seems a highly moral man and happy with his lot. By the end of the first act, Shakespeare has given us a different side to the man’s character. Far from being a highly moral loyal subject, we find he is weak and sinking rapidly, into treacherous…show more content…
Had Macbeth not encountered the witches’, would he have been different? I think not. Shakespeare is showing us how overly ambitious Macbeth is. Macbeth is already displaying the restless ambition he feels when he states, “The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be. Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” He is already thinking of murder. He feels dissatisfied with what he has achieved; he wants more, much more. Therefore, I believe the three witches are there to represent the dark side of his character; the weak side. Their predictions have sinister undertones and Banquo warns Macbeth of this, he tells him evil is at work, but Macbeth is already wondering what the outcome will be if the third prediction comes true. The seed-his ambition-is set and under Lady Macbeth’s persuasion, it is allowed to grow. Macbeth is ambitious but he is also weak, he could not murder Duncan without persuasion, his ego would need boosting. Ambition is seen as a negative characteristic in Macbeth, to be ambitious one has to be ruthless.
When messengers arrive to tell Macbeth the king has made him Thane of Cawdor, he begins to consider becoming king, thinking that, as Duncan’s cousin he may be chosen as his successor. However, his hopes are dashed when Duncan names his son, Malcolm, as his successor. Macbeth is angry at being passed