Macbeth by William Shakespeare: Character Analysis

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What Your Promised is not Always What you Want
The strive of ambition for power can seem to be true perfection, but one should be careful what they want. In the play "Macbeth" written by William Shakespeare, the main character Macbeth changes a great deal throughout the course of this play. In the beginning Macbeth is a coward and overrun by fear, but through his greed for power and his vaulting ambition, he becomes a fearless man that is driven by an overconfident ego. Through this dynamic Shakespeare teaches the reader that good people can turn the wrong way because of a strive for power.

Macbeth shows his fears and weakness while debating whether to kill Duncan. When Macbeth first started to debate whether he should kill Duncan or not, he says "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well/ It were done quickly" (I. vii. 1-2). Macbeth reveals his personality of being a nervous character through his tone and that he fearful to do this. It seems to be he does not want to remember this that's why he wants it to be quick. This is his first weakness because it reveals that he might not have what it takes to kill Duncan. Macbeth already feels guilt and he has not even committed the crime. Macbeth feels like he is in a way already betraying Duncan. After Macbeth has finished going over the consequences of killing Duncan, he feels as if "[he] his kinsman and his subject, / Strong both against the deed: then as his host / Who should against his murderer shut the door, / Not bear the knife [himself]" (I. vii. 13-16). Macbeth feels a sense of betrayal and his subconscious is just making him crazy. This again is another weakness for Macbeth since he is saying he shouldnt be the one killing Duncan, but then this reveals again he does not want to do this but he needs to man up and take action to get what he desires. Macbeth may not even have enough courage to kill Duncan. When Macbeth is concluding his thought on killing Duncan, he feels that "[he] has no spur, / to...
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