Macbeth In Shakespeare Essay Research Paper Just

Macbeth In Shakespeare Essay, Research Paper Just so you know i made an 85 on this so you may want to look over it The character Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth In 1606 William Shakespeare

Macbeth In Shakespeare Essay, Research Paper

Just so you know i made an 85 on this so you may want to look over it The

character Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth In 1606 William Shakespeare

(1564 – 1616) (Truex, 289), the Bard of Avon (Taylor, notes), wrote a tragedy,

Macbeth, for his new patron, James I (James VI of Scotland), following the death

of Queen Elizabeth (Truex, 289). The play is a tribute to James in the fact that

one of the characters, Banqou, was an ancestor of James(Truex, 299). The play

itself tells the story of a man (Macbeth), urged by his wife and foretold by

prophecy, who commits regicide in order to gain power. In Shakespeare’s play

Macbeth, there are many characters with which undergo a character change. The

character that changes the most from beginning to end is the tragic hero,

Macbeth. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen as a courageous solider

who is loyal to the King but is corrupted from the witches prophecies and by his

and Lady Macbeth’s ambition. 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 after he realizes

what he has done it is himself that continues in his murderous, bloody path. In

the beginning of the play Macbeth is a strong solider who fights for the King

without mercy but his strive for ambition and his curious nature leads him to

the witched who give him a prophecy (I.1). Macbeth is a little ambitious at

first, but Lady Macbeth’s far exceeds his and so she is able to get Macbeth to

agree with her to kill King Duncan. Macbeth still has a conscience at this stage

because he is very hesitant about killing the King but his weak nature over

comes him. He has a conscience throughout the entire play as the hallucinations

of the dagger (I.3.1-69) and the ghost of Banquo (III.4.) and his vivid

imagination see this and his constant worry also provokes him. Throughout the

play we see the character of Macbeth change not from just the way he thinks and

what we hear from the play, but from the actions he takes in the play, from

killing Banquo (III.3.), then having Lady Macduff and her children murdered,

shows the insecurity that was present in Macbeth. After the murder of Duncan,

Macbeth becomes quite paranoid and his first step of killing the guards is one

of many that Macbeth takes to secure himself. Macbeth is also very superstitious

and this is shown when he believes the prophecy the witches told him that

Banquo’s offspring would become Kings. Towards the end of the play when

Macbeth’s wife has dies and the battle is drawing closer Macbeth shows some good

that may have been. He wishes for a normal life for which he would have lived to

an honorable age but he recognizes that he has denied himself of this. Even when

Macbeth hears that the prophecy has become true of Birnam Wood coming to

Dunsinane, he rejects this idea and fights on until he realizes that Macduff

wasn’t born in a natural birth but instead was "Untimely ripped" from

his mother’s womb. When Macbeth realizes what he has done and how the witches

have tricked him but instead he realizes that it is useless and so he fights on

only to be slain. Macbeth can be summarized into a character although strong

physically he is very weak mentally and it is this weakness, which causes the

downfall and change of Macbeth. Other factors do however also contribute to this

change such as his wife whose ambition is very strong at first and is much more

stronger mentally than Macbeth but it is also Macbeth’s ambition and his trust

in the witches which ultimately change him.

Macbeth, William Shakespeare. Elements of Literature, Sixith Course:

Literature of Britain. Megan Truex, et. al. Austin: Holt, Reinhart and Winston,