Macbeth Character Analysis

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In the tragic play “Macbeth”, by William Shakespeare, a Scottish general named Macbeth was foretold to become king by three witches. In order to secure his kismet, Macbeth commits numerous murders and ultimately is driven by insanity and ambition. In the end, Macbeth is beheaded by Macduff, however a question still lingers on. Was Macbeth a monster more inclined to evil than most human beings, or a man who succumbs to temptation by his own expense to suffer the repercussions of his own flaw? Throughout the play Macbeth was tempted, like Adam and Eve, with the promise of power by a force of evil. Although he does give in to this desire, multiple forces pressured him into committing the sinful crime. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth had no selfish thought nor lust for self-benefit until the trio of witches approached them with a promise of power. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth was known by his fellow comrades to be a brave, powerful, and ambitious man. Often regarded as “brave Macbeth, -well he deserved that name” (Act 1: Sc 2). Like any other hero, Macbeth was well-known and praised for heroic deeds. Although he was highly spoken of, he like many tragic heroes had a flaw. Macbeth was not virtuous. Although at first he was highly regarded and fulfilled his duties as general for the “[safety] toward [Duncan’s] love and honor”(Act 1: Sc 2), after the encounter with the witches, was conflicted with sinful thoughts that had never occurred before. Similar to the

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