Analyzing the Character of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

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Analyzing the Character of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

This Essay will focus on the tragic tale of 'Macbeth', and by doing

this I should be able to come up with both his villainous and

redeeming qualities, which are shown from the very start of this play.

He is a strong warrior along with the fact that people think highly of

him, but in addition he is associated with the witches, as in one of

the first lines a witch proclaims, "There to meet with Macbeth", which

to the reader gives a sign of potential evil with Macbeth.

At the beginning of the play, everybody is admiring Macbeth, which is

essential information on how highly people think of him. Its essential

because the reader first thinks that Macbeth is a very respected

person. He is described as "brave Macbeth" which obviously gives him a

redeeming quality. The captain tells Duncan that Macbeth and Banquo

enjoy killing opponents on the front line, which gives Macbeth an evil

quality that he actually enjoys murders. "They meant to bathe in

reeking wounds", indicates this. Blood is usually associated with

evilness and hatred, which could give the reader a vision of evilness

inside Macbeth.

Macbeth's attitude to his wife is rather bizarre as his actions

towards her change constantly. "They met me on the day of success",

designates that Macbeth is telling Lady Macbeth about the witches.

Therefore this goes onto the conclusion that for Macbeth to be telling

his wife this 'top secret' information obviously gives the suggestion

that Macbeth and his wife may be quite close, which gives Macbeth a

redeeming quality because of his faithfulness to his wife. However


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...all the people's lives he has ruined he cannot face one man who

his country is battling against.

Maybe he fears Macduff because he's has realized himself that he was

not worthy of being king and that Macduff is.

Macbeth's only heroic quality now is his courage that he is now

fighting to save his own life, battling till the end. His potential is

coming back that he once had at the start of this play. This is a

redeeming quality to Macbeth as there's a chance he is now realizes

that 'what goes around comes around'. He is starting to make more



As my essay comes to a close; I believe that Macbeth is not completely

a villain. Although he has many villainous qualities, he also has many

redeeming ones. Therefore I would state that Macbeth was influenced to

commit these awful sins.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how macbeth is acting as if he has known the witch's words.
  • Opines that both duncan and duncan go to see duncan. duncan has to make a very important decision.
  • Analyzes how duncan has used his powers as a king so humbly.
  • Narrates how the fish doesn't want to get its feet wet.
  • Opines that he wants to be come king but in order to do so.
  • Analyzes how macbeth tries to lie to himself, which is an evil quality.
  • Narrates how they used their magic to put a spell on macbeth so that he could slay him.
  • Opines that macbeth is kind at this stage or even has a bit of goodness.
  • Opines that he has lived a good life until now, but has come to an end.
  • Opines that he is doing what lady macbeth did to try and make her feel like a
  • Describes the characters in the play.
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