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Macbeth Discuss the Character

The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a classic piece of Literature that has been continuously analyzed throughout the centuries. The main character of the play, Macbeth, has conflicting emotions that result in him “destroying his self respect, ruining his pride, degrading his honor, and spoiling his integrity” (Cant). In an effort to gain power, he pushes aside his honor, but his desire for immorality is what caused his downfall in the end. The play depicts the minor characters as having their own distinct characteristics, however Macbeth tends to modify himself many times throughout the play. Macbeth is first portrayed as a noble, brave soldier who thrives on the admiration and respect from people around him (Cant). Later, he becomes indecisive and feebleminded as Lady Macbeth persuades him into killing King Duncan in an effort to gain power. He shows his weak, agile characteristics by allowing his success to conquer him (Hazlitt 171). By the end of the play, Macbeth’s objective is to resume in power and ensure a secure future for himself. The actions he takes to obtain this goal causes his level of morality to decline and he loses the respect he previously earned throughout his meritorious life (Cant). Macbeth’s characteristics tend to change each time his title changes. During the first act of the play, Macbeth is honored as a noble and brave soldier. King Duncan rewards him for being a soldier who is loyal, courageous, and willing to “fight for his life with a wild and brute-like force” (Hazlitt 174). Not only is Macbeth recognized by his admirers for his physical strength, but also he is commended for his “keen sense on the battlefield” (Bornstein). He has been known for having a pure, natural manner to him (Cant). Because of this nature, Lady Macbeth is afraid he will not kill Duncan without intense persuasion because he is “too full of the milk of human kindness” (I.v.15). Lady Ma...

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