Character Sketch Of Macbeth

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) son of John Shakespeare a successful local businessman and Mary Arden the daughter of a landowner, often called `The Bard of Avon', was an english poet and playwright who wrote the famous 154 Sonnets and numerous highly successful oft quoted dramatic works. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on 23rd April 1564 to relatively prosperous parents, who likely paid for Williams education, although there is no evidence he attended university. In 1582 ,18 year old William, married an older woman named Anne Hathaway and had three children, Susanna, Hamnet and Juliet. Their only son Hamnet died aged just 11. After his marriage, information about the life of Shakespeare is unclear but it seems he spent…show more content…
Indeed, we learn in the beginning of his soliloquies that he knows very well what is good: in Act I, sc2, l.13, there is an enumeration of all reasons why he should not kill Duncan. Macbeth is tortured between his erected wit and his infected will. Macbeth is the story of the temptation of a good man by witches. It is comparable to Adam and Eve with the Serpent. Lady Macbeth is the one who is really tempted just as Eve was. There is also a sort of philosophical issue: Macbeth is a brave soldier but a moral coward too: he is a brutal murderer feeling guilty being unable to surpass it. It is a moral dimension that does not exist in Richard III. The play is therefore more subtle since we find the presence of evil in the virtuous and of good in the wicked. It is not a manichean word: “our life is a mingled yarn, good and evil together” (All’s Well that Ends Well). In short,driven to becoming King, Macbeth will kill all and any that get in his way. He puts his faith in the words and prophesies of three witches, after their first one (that he will become Thane of Cawdor) comes through. Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth, is instrumental is Macbeth's ambition, egging him on when he fears he has gone too far, and scheming of…show more content…
His killing doesn’t end with Duncan but are only beginning asBanquo suspects Macbeth of treachery. Macbeth is aware with this, along with the fact that Banquo is destined to be ancestor to a line of kings. This gives him enough 'reason' to hire 2 murders to get rid of Banquo along with his son Fleance. Banquo's ghost appears to Macbeth during the banquet, terrorizing him . Macbeth then in act 4 goes to the witches who misdirect him by equivocating him prophecies with double meaning. Macbeth takes the prophecies at face value( i.e by what they seem to mean )and hence gets the illusion that he is invinsible which gives him a false sense of security which at the end proves fatal. He also brutally murders Macduff’s wife and sons earning Macduff’s hatred which ends in him actually decapitating him. Macbeth due to guilt and because of ‘what’s done is done’ keeps on sinking deeper and deeper into despair . He at last realises everything’s futility all but too late; he also realises the shrewd and evil nature of witches . His wife already committed suicide and he also finally nihilistily says:- “Out, out brief candle, life is but a walking shadow...a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying

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