The Character of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

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The Character of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen as a courageous soldier

who is loyal to the King, but his and Lady Macbeth's ambition corrupts

him. This is because of the weakness of Macbeth's character and the

strong power of Lady Macbeth and how she is easily able to influence

him. Her strength motivates him at the start but afterwards when

realises what he has done, he continues in his murderous, bloody path

without the help of his wife.

In scene 2 we hear how strong, brave, noble and loyal Macbeth is and in the beginning of the play Macbeth is a strong soldier who fights for the King without mercy, but the Macbeth we get to know doesn't reflect these qualities.

When we first meet Macbeth he is walking with Banquo, and suddenly he is greeted with prophesies from three witches.

"All hail Macbeth! Thane of Glamis!

All hail, Macbeth! Thane of Cawdor!

All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter."

(Act 1 scene 3 lines 48-50)

As a result of the witches' prophecies, Macbeth's curiosity is aroused as he thinks how he could be King of Scotland. As the play progresses, Macbeth slowly relies on the witches prophecies to tell him what will happen. Macbeth's curiosity slowly corrupts his character.

Macbeth is very superstitious and this is shown when he believes the prophecy that Banquo's offspring would become Kings.

Minutes after the witches vanish, Ross and Angus also greet Macbeth

with the title "Thane of Cawdor".

After they leave, Macbeth questions Banquo about the witches.


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...he witches' have tricked him, but

he also realises that it is useless and so he fights on only to be


After the murder I think that Macbeth became more evil with every

passing day. He ordered Banquo's and Fleance's death without any

hesitation. He ordered the death of everyone connected to Macduff, all

because they witches premonition told him to be wary of Macduff,

"...Beware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife."

(Act 4 scene 1 line 72).

So in conclusion, the prophecies given to him by the witches, Lady

Macbeth's influence and plan, and his intensified ambition, all

contributed greatly to his degeneration of his character, which

resulted to his downfall and death. Therefore I think that Macbeth is

weak and easily led before Duncan's murder, but after the murder, he

seems to grow more and more evil.
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