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Character Analysis Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth

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Character Analysis of Macbeth

One of Shakespeare’s most notable works is The Tragedy of Macbeth. The plot revolves around the consequences of the actions made by the character Macbeth. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of The Tragedy of Macbeth along with a detailed analysis of Macbeth the character, including his traits, motives, and his historical counterpart. Written in 1606, the opening scene of The Tragedy of Macbeth begins with a brief appearance of three witches who appear to be casting a spell. The play then quickly changes locations to a military camp where King Duncan, the King of Scotland, is informed that his generals, Macbeth and Banquo, outlasted and defeated two separate armies attempting to invade
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The king’s two sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, escape to Ireland and England fearful for their own lives. Macbeth soon becomes agitated by the prophesy that Banquo’s sons will gain the throne. Macbeth responds to this fear by hiring a group of assassins to track down and murder Banquo and his son Fleance. The assassins kill Banquo, but Fleance was allowed to escape. Macbeth fears as long as Fleance is alive his position as king is not secured. Frightened by the ghost of Banquo visiting him that night, Macbeth goes to the witches cave in search more insight on his future. The three witches offer Macbeth three pieces of information regarding his future: to be fearful of Macduff, to fear no man born of woman, and he will be safe until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Castle. Macbeth finds relief in these fortunes because he is under the impression every man is born of woman and that forests cannot move. Macbeth later orders his men to seize Macduff’s castle and to murder Lady Macduff and all of her children. Macduff swears to avenge his family upon hearing the news that Macbeth had killed all his family. Macduff joins forces with Malcolm who had since raised an army in England. The two eventually invade Scotland and behead Macbeth. The prophecy, however, still remained true because Macduff was born by cesarean section and Malcolm’s army were shielded by boughs cut
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