By: Kayla Adams
“Macbeth is not a monster; rather, he is a man, perhaps more inclined towards evil than most men, but still a man who is tempted, succumbs to temptation, and pays the price for his weakness.” This quote states that Macbeth is not a monster, and that he was simply a man who was overpowered by greed and made stupid mistakes to try and get what he wanted, and I completely agree with it. Macbeth was only a victim of circumstance. He was caught in an act of personal greed but he was not a bad person, just someone who made bad decisions. At the beginning of the book Macbeth came off as a courageous warrior with huge respect from his fellow soldiers. “For brave Macbeth well he deserves that name” (I.i.15). However this image doesn’t last long as Macbeth is introduced to the three evil witches. They convince him that he will become king and Macbeth’s character begins to shift from there. Lady Macbeth is viewed as pure evil and she convinces Macbeth to murder Duncan, and during this part in the play Macbeth can be seen as a coward, and gutless but in reality he is a human. He has feelings and knows it’s not right to just kill someone and take away their life to get something that you want. Despite that, Macbeth continues to change his character throughout the play but not for the better. He meets the witches and they tell him what they have seen and what he will become, King of Scotland. “If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me without my stir” (I. iii. 46) This quote is stating that he will get what he wanted without doing anything, but means nothing as the play goes on. As the witches tell him what he will be. He begins to get excited and asks for them to tell him everything. “Tell me more” (I.iii.70). This shows that he has taken an interest in what they have to say, and also that he believes them which gave the witches the opportunities to toy with him. After he hears all of this Lady Macbeth begins to plot Duncan’s...
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