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View of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

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View of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

The ' Play Macbeth' gives the audience plenty of opportunities to

consider the reasons for the main characters actions. In this essay, I

will consider Macbeth as a brave, courageous noble warrior who shows

his ambition to become a king, with the cold-blooded murder of king

Duncan. However, in doing so, he has upset the natural peaceful

condition and cannot hope to succeed.

The play begins with the brief appearance of the three witches and

then moves to a military camp, where the Scottish king Duncan hears

the news that his generals, Macbeth and Banquo, have defeated a

separate invading army from Norway, which was led by the rebel

Macdonald. Because we first hear of Macbeth in the wounded captain's

account of his battlefield valour in Act one, Scene two," For brave

Macbeth disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel, which smok'd

with bloody execution, carv'd out his passage, till he fac'd the

slave." My initial impression is of a brave warrior. This all changes

when I see Macbeth interact with the three witches.

The witches prophecy Macbeth that he will be made Thane of Cawdor and

eventually will be king. They also prophecy that Banquo, will have a

line of Scottish Kings, but Banquo will never be king. Macbeth and

Banquo treat their prophecies without any thought until some of King's

men come and tell Macbeth that he has been named Thane of Cawdor.

Macbeth does not believe that the prophecies of the witches, "Thane of

Glamis…Thane of Cawdor…that shalt be king hereafter" could come true

but after one of the prophecy became a reality. Macbeth was uncertain

what to expect. How...

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...ming ambition

and a tendency of self-doubt. The prediction that he will be king

brings him joy. The three qualities bravery, ambition, and self-doubt

struggle the mastery Macbeth through out the play.

In this play Macbeth, I used to show the terrible effects that

ambition and guilt could have on a man who lacks strength of

character. I classify Macbeth as an evil, but his weak character

separates him from a great villain. Unlike many of Shakespeare's other

tragic heroes, Macbeth never seems to contempt suicide " why should I

play the roman fool," he asks, " an die, on mine own sword?" As he

explains in Scene V act 1 and 2.

However, Here I see Macbeth as a hero because like most villains he

doesn't run away instead he goes down fighting, bringing the play full

circle, it begins and ends with him dying in combat.
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