Macbeth's Characteristics

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  • Act l: Brave, Curious, and Undergoes Some Evil Thoughts
  • Act ll: Guilty And Overpower
  • " Sleep no more!/ Macbeth does murder sleep" (Act ll, ii, 33-34).
  • Act lll: Independent and Paranoid
  • Macbeth is introduced in Act 1 as a brave and heroic man, but is quick to change in character. After he is told his prophecy by the weird sisters, of becoming Thane of Cawdor, he is in a state of curiosity. He is indecisive to either intervene or naturally let the prophecy occur on its own. His thought of "whose yet murder yet is but fantastical" (Act l, iii, 39) hints his arise of evil nature. The prophecy has restored his courageous character to immoral.
  • Act lV: Pure Evil
  • After Lady Macbeth has manipulated Macbeth into killing Duncan, he created guilt in himself. Macbeth shows his guilt by interpreting that he needs to be cleansed of his sins. He then rethinks his manhood and switches to his main focus of becoming king, and sets everything else aside. Once Macbeth has committed three murders, he is then fled to Scone to receive his title of king. After his actions of intervening, he feels overpowering and above the others.
  • Act V: Confident and Fearless
  • "We might have met them dareful, beard to beard,/ And beat them backward home" (Act V, v, 6-7).
  • In act III, a role-reversal has token place between Macbeth and his wife. Rather than Lady Macbeth being the manipulator, Macbeth is now independent. He made his own decision for the killing of Banquo and his son. Though, Macbeth has grown more and more paranoid of his surroundings and thoughts. He knows that "[they] have scorched the snake, [but] not killed it" (Act III, ii, 13), meaning more obstacles are to come upon him. This frightens him and fills him with paranoia.
  • Reflection
  • In Act IV, Macbeth is covered by a blanket of darkness and evil. He visits the weird sisters to find out three apparitions of himself. This encourages him to kill anyone who intercepts his path to success. He states, "But yet I'll make assurance double sure/ And take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live" (Act IV, i, 83-84). As more people try to stop him, Macbeth continues with his destructive plans of murder. To this point of the play, fives death are taken among his hands.
  • Macbeth on his way to meet with the weird sisters.
  • The prophecy of "...none of woman born/Shall harm Macbeth" (Act IV, i, 80-81) has transformed him to an overly confident man. Macbeth believes nothing can kill him untless Birnam Wood travels to Dunsinane. Since Macbeth is dependent on the prophecy, no fear has crossed his mind. With Macduff being born as a premature baby and Birnam wood coming his way, the prophecy is becoming a reality. Macbeth knows his death is soon, but continues to be confident and fight back til his death.
  • Many factors led up to Macbeths downfall, including the different character traits he portrayed. The main things that destroyed Macbeth as a person was his great ambition and evil. Macbeth revolved himself around the prophecy and did the most to pursue it. Macbeth did his evil actions undercover, but others soon noticed Macbeth was the reason of this destruction. The hatred for Macbeth helped them decide to overthrow him as king.
  • Phrophecy
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