Macbeth the character is one of the most intriguing characters in English literature and falls under the category of a tragic hero which was common amongst Shakespearian plays.
In the opening scenes we can see that Macbeth is a brave and valiant soldier, ready to die for his king and his country. We can see that he is held in high esteem by many of the royals and lay people. Duncan his king says “noble Macbeth” showing that Duncan thinks he is brave in battle and tough.
But it is too in the opening scenes that lead to the downfall of Macbeth. It the evil Witches who call out “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee. Thane of Glamis!” this is no surprise to Macbeth as he is already thane of Glamis. The second witch proclaims “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee. Thane of Cawdor” this came as a shock to Macbeth because at this stage Macbeth didn’t know Duncan was going to give Macbeth this title. The third and arguably the most important in Macbeths down fall came from the third witch “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!”
Then as Duncan gave Macbeth the Thane of Cawdor, and the prophecies of the witches become true the start to have a powerful affect on Macbeth and get him thinking more and more about being king, and how to become king. This is when he starts being tempted by ambition and talks about his “black and deep desires” which are of murderous thoughts.
It is when Lady Macbeth reads the letter from Macbeth explaining his thoughts that we can see he wants to kill Duncan but knows there will be even greater consequences. It is only when Macbeth returns home and he talks face to face with Lady Macbeth when he was convinced that it was the only way he would become king and it is when he made his decision to become king. Although it was Lady Macbeth who convinced Macbeth, Macbeth was easily convinced “I am settled” was what Macbeth said after Lady Macbeth came up with an alibi “leave all the rest to me . The plan was to set...
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