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Macbeth

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Discipline:
Language Arts
Subject:
Literature
Grade:
11

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Macbeth

Macbeth

If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me

Macbeth is put together with many character traits. He is a very complex character. In the beginning Macbeth was brave and loyal. He won the battle of Norway and became the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is also a gullible man, when he runs into the witches he believes them when they say, all hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter. He is so gullible to what these witches said that he killed his best friend Banquo and nearly kills Banquo's son. Macbeth also was convinced by his wife to kill Duncan. Macbeth conscious becomes guilty after he kills Duncan when he said, will all great neptunes ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? He is thinking that nothing can take back the murders he had committed.

There is a clear progression of the motif of blood from something brave, honorable and complimentary to something evil, shameful and full of guilt. At the beginning of Shakespeare’s Macbeth blood represents honor. Such as the enemy’s blood on Macbeth's sword after the war shows that he is a brave hero. The Captain speaks “For brave Macbeth, disdaining fortune, with his brandish steel, which smoked with bloody execution….” Everyone including King Duncan believes him to be a respectable, brave and honorable hero. Since the thane Cawdor was executed, Macbeth’s bravery makes him the thane of Cawdor. As Macbeth's thirst of power increases, he is speaking to a spirit and proclaiming that he is going to be brave, courageous, and ready to murder King Duncan. During the play Macbeth has gone sane and has given into his conscience and guilt. Nearly the end of the play Macbeth learns that his thirst of power will make him the biggest traitor to Scotland, and put the deserving candidate back to the throne.

Yet I will try the last. Before my bodyI throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff,And damn'd be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"


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