Macbeth is a play which, through the protagonist’s interaction with a variety of dissimilar characters, explores the adventures of a tragic hero. Macbeth is introduced in the play as a hero. He is a brave warrior in the battlefield and wins his respects among the others and is made a worthy than by King Duncan. But after hearing the prophecies from the witches, Macbeth is confused. After Lady Macbeth successfully persuades her husband to commit the murder of Duncan, Macbeth seems to be most human and sympathetic. However by Act 3 Scene 2, Macbeth presents himself as an evil villain. In this Act, Macbeth’s speech is dark. Straight after Banquo was killed, Macbeth pulls himself into other terrible deeds; he tries to challenge the witches and to disregard their prophecies. The murder of Macduff’s family reduces Macbeth’s human characteristics even more. Macbeth “wades” through the “river of blood” and cannot stop himself from doing the dirty deeds. When Macbeth encounters Macduff at the end in the battlefield, Macbeth’s own excessive pride has brought him to his tragic downfall. The witches in the play represent the forces of darkness and the world of evil. In Act 1 Scene 1, it displays an image of disruption of natural order, a world full of evil and foulness. The witches are the ones who have awaked Macbeth’s ambitious and the darker side of his character. The witches tell Macbeth that he is Thane of Glamis, he will be Thane of Cowdor and he eventually be the King of Scotland. Both Banquo and Macbeth ignore the prophecies until Macbeth is announced to be Thane of Cowdor. Macbeth is more ambiguous. His speech is full of what he will become: “This supernatural soliciting/cannot be ill; cannot be good” No matter how bold and strong Macbeth is in the battlefield, he was shaken by the truth of the prophecies. The line “Nothing is, but what is not” is ambiguous and shows Macbeth is in...
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