The two main characters that are very alike in the play is Claudius and Macbeth. Claudius and Macbeth had done terrible things throughout the whole story line, which includes the blood-lust for supremacy, the assassination of unroyal suspects, and their confrontation to conflicts. Both were obsessed with their ambition to be in control, but the other has a stronger desire for power than the other. Killing intent is a must in order to achieve one’s desire. This is one of the common factors that Claudius and Macbeth have in common.
Macbeth was introduced as a hero and everyone thought very highly of him. King Duncan trusted and was comfortable around Macbeth. He considered him as his friend and someone he could confide in. Macbeth’s love for the King and for Scotland makes him not seem wholly evil. It was Lady Macbeth who influenced Macbeth into killing King Duncan.
In the beginning of the play we see that Macbeth has done a good deed for Scotland and receives applause from King Duncan. “But all’s too weak; For brave Macbeth…” (Macbeth, I, ii, 15-16). In addition to this, Macbeth was greatly struggling with moral conflicts when he was deciding to kill King Duncan. He had not gained any significant power, but it was clear he had basic morality. After killing King Duncan, he obtained the position of king and did not look back.
This essay will briefly discuss the character traits of Macbeth and how he was a victim of his own demise; his traits include bravery, vulnerability and ambition. Macbeth was labeled as the brave during his early years in Scotland, when we first hear about him; he is being praised for his efforts in defeating the Thane of Cawdor. (I, ii) ” For brave Macbeth well he deserves that name.” this clearly emphasizes the impact Macbeth had during his early years, his courage was second to none as he was able to set a name for himself in the historic Scotland. Macbeth’s
An important character in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is Macbeth because he changes. We see Macbeth changing as he progresses from an honourable hero to a disrespected tyrant, through his relationship with Lady Macbeth, and through his viewpoint on killing those close to him. One example of Macbeth changing is how his status changes from the honourable hero to a disrespected tyrant. In the beginning, Macbeth is a noble hero. I know this because in Act 1 Scene 2, Duncan says “Noble Macbeth hath won” and, “O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman.” This shows us that Macbeth was portrayed as a highly respected hero who everyone seems to be looking up to.
For example, his performance in battle in defense of his king's land in Act I. Against hopeless odds Macbeth defeats the opponent and is praised for his courage, which gives him hope in becoming king. "But all's too weak; For brave Macbeth -well he deserves that name- Disdaining Fortune, with his brandish'd steel, Which smoked with bloody execution" (Act 1 Scene 2). Macbeth also possesses a fatal flaw, as he becomes at war with his conscience (hamartia). Macbeth wants to be king, but he does not want to kill the current king, Duncan.
In the play, Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses the theme of the corrupting power of ambition, Macbeth’s character flaws, and the theme of cruelty versus masculinity to show Macbeth’s misdeeds were a direct result of external influences. Throughout the play, Macbeth commits several wrongdoings including, killing King Duncan, his friend Banquo and manipulating others into carrying out his wishes. By appealing to Macbeth’s strong desires to become king, the witches’ prophecies leads Macbeth to commit several murders. Through fueling Macbeth’s inner insecurities, Malcolm prompts Macbeth to irrationally continue wrongdoings. Similarly, Lady Macbeth’s manipulative persona, encourages Macbeth to commit wicked actions.
Obviously, Macbeth’s own actions have resulted in the tragedy of his demise. Shakespeare has represented the downfall of a once great man, however, Macbeth maintains redeeming qualities in order to engage the audience and evoke sympathy. This is reflected in Act 5 when Macbeth refuses to fight MacDuff, saying ‘My soul is much too charged with blood of thine already’. His courageous refusal to spill anymore blood of MacDuff’s family enables the audience to sympathise with Macbeth, and the use of emotive language thereby invokes a sense of devastation when he eventually reaches his death. Evidently, Macbeth’s actions were pivotal in the preceding
Macbeth was considered a tragic hero because Macbeth had many people follow him he also had a down flaw that led to his death but went down heroically. Macbeth 's great downfall that proved was a tragic hero was stated as, “ I will not yield to kiss the ground before Malcolm 's feet and to be baited with the rabble 's curse” (5, 8, 28) this quote taken from the story explains that even though Malcom is trying to kill him Macbeth claims he won 't yield nor beg because Macbeth thinks he has won the fight. Macbeth had a very high social rank before he murdered king Duncan to start with even though he was a general for king Duncan to begin with. Macbeth is said to be a very dynamic character