Macbeth's Character

Macbeth's Character

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  • "Dismayed not this our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?" (Macbeth, I, ii, 34)
  • Act I: Loyal, Brave, Good Soldier, Ambitious thoughts
  • "Yes, as sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion" (Macbeth, I, ii, 35)
  • Act II: Weak, Easy To Manipulate, Guilt
  • "Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more!/ Macbeth does murder sleep' -the innocent sleep..."(Macbeth, II, ii, 33-34)
  • Act III: Dominance, Ambitious, Paranoid
  • "Within this hour at most/ I will advise you where to plant yourselves,/ Acquaint you with the perfect spy o' th' time..." (Macbeth, III, ii, 127-129
  • Macbeth is portrayed as strong, loyal and a great fighter in war when Duncan and the Captain talk about what happened. He did a great job in the Battle. Then, when Macbeth gets his prophecy he is very unsure about it and has thoughts of killing Duncan in order to get more power.
  • Act IV: Embracing Evil, Relieved, Overkill
  • "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff!" (Macbeth, IV, i, 71)
  • "... none of woman born/ Shall harm Macbeth" (Macbeth, IV, i, 80-81)
  • "...Macbeth shall never vanquished be until/ Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill/ Shall come against him" (Macbeth, IV, i, 92-94)
  • In Act II of Macbeth, Macbeth was still loyal to Duncan and only had thoughts of killing Duncan, but as the Act progresses he becomes easy to manipulate and weak because Lady Macbeth makes him kill Duncan. After Macbeth kills Duncan, he is very guilty and regrets doing what he has done. At the end of Act II, Macbeth handles the murder better when he talks to everyone about the King's death. He doesn't have a breakdown or anything.
  • Act V: Confident, Ready For War, Fearless
  • "I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,/ And damned be him that first cries 'Hold! Enough!'" (Macbeth, V, viii, 33-34).
  • In Act III of Macbeth, Macbeth shows his dominance over Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was more ambitious than Macbeth, but it is total role reversal now. Also he starts to make his own plans of murdering and is more evil now. He becomes more ambitious because he sends murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance to protect the crown and stay in his family. After Banquo's death, Macbeth starts to see ghosts of Banquo and becomes really paranoid about his prophecy. He wants to know what will happen in future
  • Final Analysis: Macbeth's Downfall
  • Macbeth goes to visit the witches and he gets different apparitions from the witches to see his prophecies and his future. The witches show him a dead baby and other bad symbols for his apparitions. The witches are really evil and he doesn't care about that and still wants to see his future even though they are bad people. After Macbeth hears that Macduff has fled, he sends the murderers to kill Macduff's family. This is overkill because they are innocent, but he still wants them to die, even thought the witches said no one born of a women will harm him.
  • Macbeth starts off in Act V very confident because of the prophecy ensuring him. When Lady Macbeth dies he doesn't feel any emotions and doesn't really care. He then later finds out that the Witches tricked him. He then goes out to fight because he doesn't want to commit suicide or surrender so he decides to go out of his castle and fight.
  • Macbeth's downfall included many different reasons. One of the reason was the prophecy given to him by the Witches. He felt over confident with all the apparitions and thought he was untouchable. Also, Lady Macbeth caused Macbeth's downfall by pushing him to kill Duncan and that began his ambitious, bloodthirsty killing spree. Lastly, Macbeth caused his own downfall because he couldn't stop his ego from killing. He had no self control and couldn't stop his own actions. All these reason led to his downfall and his death.
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