Macbeth Character Analyzation

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  • Act I: Bravery and Heroism
  • Act II: Guilt & Weakness
  • Act III: Paranoia
  • In Act I Macbeth is viewed as a very strong, brave, and honored warrior. The Captain and Duncan hold him in the highest regards and refer to him as "noble Macbeth" (Macbeth, I, ii, 70).
  • Act IV: Power Hungry
  • In Act II Macbeth has become very weak and will do anything Lady Macbeth tells him to. He is extremely guilt ridden due to all of his evil actions. He felt as though he "[could] sleep no more" (Macbeth, II, ii, 41).
  • Act V: Heartless
  • In Act III Macbeth is becoming evil, yet is becoming even more paranoid. After ordering murderers to kill Banquo, he sees his ghost. He fears that this figment of his imagination "... [could] say he did it" and tells him to, "never shake thy gory locks at [him]" (Macbeth, III, iv, 50-51).
  • In the previous Acts Lady Macbeth has been the instigator of the 'misfortunes', but in Act IV Macbeth takes a turn for the worst. After killing Banquo, yet Fleance escaping, Macbeth visits the Weird Sisters. The Sisters show Macbeth three aparitions to "show his eye, and grieve his heart" (Macbeth, IV, i, 110).
  • Macbeth has turned completely ruthless and big-headed. He feels as though nothing, and no one can harm him due to the prophecy, which states that "for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth... [he] shall never vanquished be until great Burnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him" (Macbeth, V, i, 80-93). Even when Lady Macbeth killed herself, he felt nothing and wished that "She [would] have died hereafter" (Maceth, V, v, 18).
  • Throughout the story Macbeth's character extremely altered. He went from being a very respected and honored soldier, into a ruthless, cold hearted villain. He let the prophecy and the promise of power get to his head, and turned evil.
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