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 unhappy with where he is in life. It's after the meeting with the witches, that he begins to desire the throne, but he still needs Lady Macbeth to convince him to commit the murder, when he questions the consenquences and asks "If we should fail?"(I,vi,59). Lady Macbeth comes back with a quick answear "We fail', But screw your courage to the sticking-place And we'll not fail."(I,vi,60-61), what shes saying is that if he stops being afraid and pulls himself togehter they will not fail.
When Macbeth hears the prophesies of his future, he appears to disregard them, but when he is made Thane of Cawdor (as foretold by the witches), he already is thinking about killing the king when he says these words to himself "The Prince of Cumberland' That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies."(I,iv,48-50). 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...
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