Defining Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play Essay

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Defining Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many factors, which contribute to the degeneration of Macbeth of which three will be discussed. The three points, which contribute greatly to Macbeth's degeneration, are the prophecies, which were told to him by the witches, Lady Macbeth's influence and manipulation of Macbeth's judgment, and finally Macbeth's long time ambition which drove his desire to be king. Under these influences Macbeth's character degenerates from a noble, brave, loyal man to violent, murdering, tyrant individual. The prophecies, told by the witches, were one of the factors, which…show more content…
Lady Macbeth tells her husband, "When Duncan is asleep, his two chamberlains Will I with wine and wassail, so convince", "When in swinish sleep Their drenched natures lie, as in a death, What cannot you and I perform upon The unguarded Duncan?" Macbeth is in struggle with his conscience but is goaded by Lady Macbeth to proceed with the murder when she questions his manhood. Macbeth's image of himself forces him to reply, "I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more, is none" As soon as Macbeth has performed the treasonous deed he immediately regrets his wrongdoing. At this point of the play the audience can note the change in Macbeth's character. Macbeth's first murder was a trying experience for him, however after the first murder; killing seemed to be the only solution to maintain his reign of the people of Scotland. Therefore, it was Lady Macbeth who introduced the concept of murder to Macbeth as the shortest way to obtain the crown that was prophesied by the witches. Macbeth's ambition also influenced his journey form hero to villain. However, Macbeth's ambition had not been strong enough for him to kill the King. He declares, "I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent but only Vaulting ambition which
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