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The Three Character Traits Of Macbeth

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Macbeth Essay

Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a very dark and powerful tragic play. There are many characters in this play that are two faced, loyal one minute, and deceiving the next. One of the individuals who immensely represents these attributes is Macbeth himself. Macbeth is a warrior who is manipulated by his own wife and the three witches which leads him to become a greedy, ambitious and brave king. Ultimately because of his overconfidence, he dies devastatingly.

. Macbeth bumped into three witches after his battle. The three witches tell Macbeth he will become thain of cawdor and glamis, and then king. He then becomes the thain which opened up an opportunity for ...view middle of the document...

Lady Macbeth starts getting crazy and comitts suicide. Macduff heads over to Macbeths' castle with the army to kill him. Macbeth is killed, and gets his head cut off by Macduff. Macuff was born by C-section which was not considered to be born of a woman.

One of the aspects that Macbeth grasps to make him an antagonist is greediness. The three witches that he met in the beginning told him his prophecy, which is that he is going to be the future king of Scotland, “ All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter” (I, iii, 53). At first he doesn't believe the prophecy at all and thought that they were being foolish. But then the prediction of the witches starts to come true after being persuaded by his wife, Lady Macbeth, that he had to take some steps to make it come true. Once the first prophecy came true, he wanted all the prophecies of the witches to come true. Once Macbeth is king, he becomes one of the most powerful person in his land, yet he still demands for more respect and power and does not want anyone to have any part in it. To make this happen he kills Banquo, his best friend, so he wouldn't create a line of king as it was one of the witches prophecy and attempts to kill Banquo's son, Fleance, however he escapes. Macbeth was told by the witches that no human born from a women, that is everyone, could kill him. “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn, The power of man, for none of woman born, Shall harm Macbeth” (IV, i, 85). Macbeth believes this and gets greedy making him trust that no one could kill him. Overall this proves that Macbeth is definitely a greedy person in this play.

Another open feature that Macbeth is distinguished for is ambition. Macbeth wants to prove to his wife that he is the one that she desires for and to do that, he listens to whatever she has to say. He is so deeply in love with his wife and ambitious towards her that he starts committing dangerous and risky crimes. Macbeth is also very ambitious towards becoming king. In order to become king he had to kill
King Duncan. “ I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell; That summons thee to heaven, or to hell” ( II, i, 69). This quote indicates that it is time to kill King Duncan. He is also speaking to Duncan though he is not actually present. He tells the imaginary Duncan to not pay attention to the bell as it marks his death and therefore will send him to either hell or heaven. Again, Macbeth was very ambitious in becoming king but he is also ambitious to remain king. He kills Banquo so that no could take over his position as king. “It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul's flight; If it finds heaven, must find it out tonight” ( III, i, 157). This quote is saying Macbeth has made all the arrangements of the murder Banquo's and that he is going to heaven or hell because he is dying tonight. After that he also finds out the one of Banquo's children would be king, so his ambition towards remaining king leads him to...

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