Analyzing the Character of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

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Analyzing the Character of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play This Essay will focus on the tragic tale of 'Macbeth', and by doing this I should be able to come up with both his villainous and redeeming qualities, which are shown from the very start of this play. He is a strong warrior along with the fact that people think highly of him, but in addition he is associated with the witches, as in one of the first lines a witch proclaims, "There to meet with Macbeth", which to the reader gives a sign of potential evil with Macbeth. At the beginning of the play, everybody is admiring Macbeth, which is essential information on how highly people think of him. Its essential because the reader first…show more content…
This describes Macbeth as, in a way, weak, which is neither a redeeming nor evil quality in his eyes, however in the reader's eyes it shows Macbeth does have some dignity if his most treasured companion would say something like this. If you think about it Lady Macbeth is the only one who truly knows Macbeth. Banquo is Macbeth's closest acquaintance, "worthy Macbeth" Banquo exclaims as a sign of respect for Macbeth. This illustrates the various contrasts to Macbeth; for example, Banquo is everything that Macbeth isn't. This gives Macbeth an evil quality as we think of Banquo as heroic like Macbeth but we don't usually associate evil with Banquo as with Macbeth. Macbeth meets the witches upon a heath looking for answers. The first word that Macbeth exclaims are associated with evil, "so fair is foul and foul a day I have not seen", which is Macbeth literally repeating the witch's words. In a way Macbeth is acting as if he has known the witches for some time. This adds an immense evil quality to Macbeth, as the witches are plain immorality. Macbeth reacts to the news that he shall become king very abnormally. Banquo asks Macbeth, "good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear?" which is implying, "why are
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