Is Macbeth A Respectable Man

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Josh Shinbaum
Mr. Carolan
English IV-period 3
11 March 2016
The character of Macbeth was once a respectable man, but he was impatient and it lead to is demise. When the story starts you meet a war hero Macbeth, who is in the midst of fighting the Thane of Cawdor, a traitor. Macbeth is a respectable man with many victories, and is loved by his king, Duncan. When we first started reading everyone thought he was a hero, but they also realize that this would not be the case for long. When Macbeth and Banquo meet the three witches for the first time it is obvious that Macbeth might go crazy because he freaks out wanting to know more yelling, “Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more.” (1.3. 70) as they begin to leave him with many questions.
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Lady Macbeth makes this obvious when she states, “Yet do I fear thy nature;/It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness/To catch the nearest way.” (2.1. 13-15). This shows that even with his evil thoughts going through his head, he has to be convinced by Lady Macbeth to officially do it. He does not want to murder Duncan because he loves his king and he has respect for his relative. The only reason the thought went through his head is because he is impatient, and does not want to wait to become King of…show more content…
This is obvious “When the dead king is discovered in the morning in Macbeth’s castle where he had been a guest, the loyal thanes, ultimately suspecting the murderer, unite in horror, but Macbeth becomes king.”(Jorgensen). He uses the “surprised host” card and acts like he did not know that Duncan had been murdered. Even though some people are oblivious to the murderer they have for a king, some of Macbeth’s closest friends immediately become suspicious of him. This leads to him not trusting anyone and no one trusting him. His guilt from the murder of his relative, Duncan, and his friend, Banquo, lead him into a state of insanity. He starts to imagine things, like Banquo’s ghost and the airborne dagger. His downfall into insanity becomes more obvious in later

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