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I will be doing my character study on the character Lady Macbeth from
the book Macbeth by William Shakespeare. I will be finding out about
the character of Lady Macbeth and how she persuades Macbeth into
killing King Duncan. is an inclusive villain or just a brave soldier
who is proud and honoured to fight for his country (Scotland). I shall
choose this as a question because I thought it would be interesting,
because Macbeth at the beginning of the play starts as a hero but gets
misled by the witches and his wife in the middle. The witches tell
Macbeth that he is going to be the thane of Cawdor.
“All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Cawdor.”
(Act 1, scene 3, lines 52-53).
Then the witches tell Macbeth that he will be King.
“All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter”.
(Act 1, scene 3, lines 54-55).
When Macbeth heard the witch’s sayings, he became confused, this is
because he knew even if King Duncan did die he had sons and they would
take over the throne of Scotland, and the Thane of Cawdor was alive
and was a very prosperous gentle man. Macbeth tells his wife (Lady
Macbeth), she persuades him to kill the king of Scotland (King
Duncan). Lady Macbeth does not want to do it her self because she said
the king reminds her of her father.
Macbeth is a very brave and courageous general who fights for his king
and his country (Scotland). At the beginning of the play it says
“For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name). Disdaining Fortune,
with his brandish’d steel”,
(Act 1 scene 2, lines 18-19).
This sentence tells us that Macbeth is a very brave solider.
After the battle, King Duncan comes to see the captain for a report of
the battle. The captain says to King Duncan
“Till he unseam’d him from the nave to th’ chops, and fix’d his head
upon our battlements”
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(Act 1, scene 2, and lines 24-25).
The captain is saying that Macbeth is heroic and courageous and he has
won the battle.
All of Macbeth’s reports back from the battle were good, making
Macbeth sound very valiant. When King Duncan heard the reports of how
Macbeth was winning the battle. King Duncan awarded Macbeth to be the
Thane of Cawdor.
After his encounter with the witches, Macbeth thinks a lot about what
they said, and eventually all of Lady Macbeths persuading has an
effect on Macbeth and that drove him to kill King Duncan.
In (act 2, scene 3, and line 20) Macduff and Lennox arrive at
Macbeth’s castle to see the king. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth act normal
as if nothing happened to the king.
Macbeth then becomes an evil person, who is hungry for power. When
Macbeth becomes king, it starts to get to his head and he believes
that he has to keep killing to stay king.
Macbeth thinks he is going to lose his throne to Banquo’s children,
and they are going to kill him like he killed King Duncan to get to
the throne, so he hires some murderers to kill Banquo (act 3, scene
After Banquo gets murdered, Macbeth starts to feel guilty and
conscious of the murders he committed, and he started to see Banquo’s
ghost and he gets frightened (act 3, scene 4).
I think that Banquo’s ghost is not real because when Macbeth invites
people to come to his feast. Only Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo,
but other people don’t see it. So I think that it is just Macbeth
imagination. Act 3 scene 4 is telling us that Macbeth is going out of
control and he is going to lose everything (his throne).
In act 4, scene 1 Macbeth goes to the witches. The witches tell
Macbeth to watch out for Macduff,
(Act 4, scene 1, line 80,)
The witches are just telling Macbeth that Macduff is going to kill
him. The second thing the witches say to Macbeth is,
“The power of man: for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth”,
(act 4, scene 1, lines 91-92).
Macbeth thinks that he cannot be killed and he does not fear Macduff
who was raising an army to kill him.
Macbeth at this point becomes very heroic because he thinks he is
ready to fight the army on his own. However, it is not brave to murder
innocent people, and by committing murders, Macbeth becomes a wicked
Macbeth may be brave but he could easily get frightened by Banquo’s
ghost (act 3, scene 4).
When Macbeth finds out about Lady Macbeths death, Macbeth pauses
momentarily to mourn over her. After hearing the death of Lady
Macbeth, Macbeth becomes more concerned on the battle that is about to
commence, and prepares to fight against the army (act 5, scene 5,
lines 20-50). Again Macbeth is heroic.
In act 4, scene 3 Macduff thinks of Macbeth as someone more horrid
Macbeth does not care who he kills. Macbeth even killed his best
friend (Banquo) because he thought that Banquo’s children will be the
king. Macbeth told the murderers to hate Banquo, make him their enemy
as he is Macbeths.
In the last battle, Macbeth is killed by Macduff. But he dies as a
brave villain. When Macbeth is fighting Macduff, Macbeth does not give
up to Macduff but still carries on fighting even when he is in the
verge of defeat.
At the end of the play, Macbeth becomes a tragic hero who’s rising and
downfall is due to him being far too ambitious which eventually gets
the better of him.
My conclusion is that Macbeth is both hero and a villain. But because
of his ambitions, he loses control and becomes a murderer and a cruel
ruler of Scotland. But at the end, Macbeth is a sad character, because
he loses everything (his wife dies and he loses his throne) and he
dies as well at the end. I think that if Macbeth was not misled by the
witches and his wife, then he would have been a hero and no one would
have got murdered.