Macbeth Character Analysis

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Macbeth is a man facing an internal struggle between right and wrong, and whose reign started and ended with death. Throughout the play there are many places where imagery pertaining to clothing is used. I believe that these images are used to show the kind of character and man that Macbeth is. These images throughout the play show the transition from a good, honest, trustworthy Macbeth, into a corrupt, power hungry beast who murders anyone in his way. I believe that Macbeth is a good man turned bad through the witches and his wife which ultimately led to his rise to the throne by persuading him murder the king. Fear led to the end of his reign and to his death. Fear of people knowing that it was him that murdered king Duncan. It’s Lady Macbeth and the witches that guide him towards evil at the beginning of the play, but at the end of the play it’s his fear that leads him to murder anyone he sees as a threat.
To prove that Macbeth was a good man turned bad, first I must prove that he is good. “Macbeth: The thane of Cawdor lives. Why do you dress me/ in borrowed robes?” (Act I, scene III, lines 108-109). This quote comes from the beginning of the play when he has been greeted with the title of thane of Cawdor. I believe this quote shows that he is a good, honest man that only wished to be greeted with his proper title. This shows he is humble and doesn’t believe that he should be greeted in this manner. It shows that Macbeth has no desire for power. He didn’t seize the opportunity to take the title even if it wasn’t his. This part of the play is a key turning point for Macbeth because it has proven to him that the witches told him the truth, and leads him to wonder if the rest of what they said is true. Unfortunately for Macbeth, he doesn’t listen to Banquo’s warning, “Banquo: New honours come upon him,/Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mould,/But with the aid of use.” (Act I, scene III, lines 144-146). The message being sent there is to not change one’s character based on one’s title, but to allow the title to help build on the existing character. I do believe that Macbeth is a good man, but is flawed. His flaws make him susceptible to a lust for power and complete control. The minute he murdered

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