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Macbeth - Macbeth Character Study

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Thesis: Macbeth's changing character over the course of the play can be seen in his roles a general, husband and a king.

I. General
A. Early in the play he is brave
1. Captain reports
2. Duncan conversation
B. Late in the play he is ineffective
1. Fearful
2. Cornered
II. Husband
A. Initially close to wife
1. Confides in her via letter
2. Has pet name
B. Later becomes distant/cold
1. Tells doctor to cure Lady Macbeth
2. Feels resignation, not anguish at her death
III. King
A. At first is powerful
1. Malcolm and Donaldbain free Scotland
2. He succeeds in killing Banquo
B. At end is powerless
1. Fleance escapes
2. Malcolm conquers Scotland

The story of Macbeth is one of power at the expense of everything. The main character, Macbeth starts out greatly admired with strong character. As the play progresses, Macbeth's personality and actions become more deceitful leading to his destruction. Macbeth's changing character over the course of the play can be seen in his roles a general, husband and a king.

First, Macbeth's changing character is evident in his role as a general. As the play begins, he is a brave general, well respected by his peers. The captain returning from battle reports of this saying, "But all's too weak; for brave Macbeth (he deserves that name)" (1.2. 17-18) Duncan later confers his title as king of Scotland, claiming, "No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest. Go, pronounce his present death, and with his former title,...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how macbeth's changing character over the course of the play can be seen in his roles a general, husband and king.
  • Analyzes how the story of macbeth is one of power at the expense of everything.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's changing character is evident in his role as a general.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's changing character is evident not only as a general, but also in his role as husband. he shares his most intimate feelings and secret plans with his wife.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's changing character is revealed in his roles as a general and husband, but as an king as well.
  • Analyzes how the multiple roles of macbeth as a general, husband, and king all show his changing character throughout the play.
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