Macbeth Character Analysis

Macbeth Character Analysis

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  • Act I: Courages and Doubt
  • "We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored me of late, and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people, which would be worn now in their newest gloss, not cast aside so soon" (Act I, vii, 32-35).
  • Act II: Guilt and Ambition
  • "I'll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done. Look on't again I dare not"(Act II, ii, 48-50).
  • Act III: Power Hungry and Paranoid
  • "Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect, whole as the marble, founded as the rock, as broad and general as the casing air. But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in to saucy doubts and fears.-But Banquo's safe?"(Act III, iv, 21-25).
  • In the beginning of Act I, Macbeth is described as "...brave Macbeth, Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steal, which smoked with bloody execution..."(Act I, i, 16-18). He was brave in the war between Scotland and Norway. At the end of Act I, Macbeth is having some doubt, from the quote above, he wanted to kill King Duncan and gain power but right before the murder he held back. This shows he has some doubts about the outcome.
  • Act IV: Paranoid and Blood Thirsty
  • Yet my heart throbs to know one thing. Tell me, if your art can tell so much: shall Banquo's issue ever reign in this kingdom?"(Act IV, i, 100-104).
  • After killing King Duncan, Macbeth is filled with guilt. From the quote above, Macbeth cannot keep on going with the plan, he is filled with too much regret to go on. At the end of Act II Macbeth realized he cannot undo what he has done, so he becomes ambitious for power again. "Who can be wise, amazed, temp'rate, and furious, loyal, and neutral, in a moment? No man". (Act II, iii, 102-103). He even that he killed the guards because of his love for King Duncan, when in reality he didn't want any witnesses.
  • Act V: Arrogant and Prideful
  • "Bring me no more reports. Let them fly all. Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane I cannot taint with fear"(Act V, iii, 1-3).
  • In the beginning of Act III, Macbeth is fearful, "But to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared...We have scorched the snake, not killed it"(Act III, i & ii, 48-50 & 13-15). Macbeth fears that Banquo's son will over throne Macbeth because of the prophecy. Therefore, to secure his power he plans to kill Banquo. From the quote above, Macbeth is paranoid. After hearing the news that Fleance is alive, Macbeth is seeing Banquo's ghost, which Macbeth thinks is there to get revenge. Macbeth is also paranoid because there is still threat to his power since Fleance is still alive.
  • Final Analysis
  • In the beginning of Act IV, Macbeth is so paranoid about Fleance being a threat to his power that Macbeth go to the Weird Sisters to get a prophecy about Banquo's sons. Not only that, Macbeth asked to see more of his prophecy. At the end of Act IV, Macbeth is bloodthirsty. " Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him...The castle of Macduff I will surprise, seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' swprd hos wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line"(Act IV, i, 92-94 & 150-153) Even though no man will harm Macbeth, Macbeth still plans to kill Macduff and his family.
  • In the beginning of Act V, Macbeth is arrogant about this war because the witches prophecy told him he would not be harmed until Birnam wood comes to Dunsinane. At the end of Act V, Macbeth is prideful, "I will not yield to kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet and to be baited with the rabble's curse." (Act V, viii, 27-29). Macbeth realizes he has been tricked, him winning the war is hopeless but he still gives it his all.
  • Throughout the play of Macbeth, Macbeth has all these different emotions that led him to his downfall. Ambition, Blood-thirst, and arrogance is what led to his death, Ambition is what started this desire for power. Macbeth was blood-thirsty to keep his power secured from potential threat. When Macbeth was outnumbered, his arrogance brought him no fear and decided to fight. At the end, Macbeth could have avoided death if he surrendered, but his pride made him fight on despite the circumstances.
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