Motivation in Macbeth

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Shakespeare not only presents the actions of characters, but also helps us to understand what motivates characters to act the way they do. The tragedy, Macbeth, is a play where there are many dreadful events, and strong motivations behind them. Macduff and Macbeth are two characters of Macbeth who encounter great, but not always good, motivation for their actions. Macbeth is a heroic character at the beginning of this play "unseaming men from the nave to the chops." He has much potential as a warrior, and has great love and respect for his country. Coming back from battle one day, he is greeted by three witches, who are known to have great and terrible powers to foresee the future. They meet him with predictions when they greet him as…show more content…
Suspicion turns to accusations, and Macduff starts building armies against Macbeth. Suspicion of tyranny is enough motivation for Macduff to plan how to convert his country back to normal. The armies are started in England, where Malcolm, Duncan's son, is residing. He has fled there after the murder of Duncan for fear of being next. Malcolm has been blamed for the murder his father because he had disappeared shortly after. Macduff is the first person to believe that Malcolm is not the murderer, and so he goes to England to encourage Malcolm to fight against Macbeth's tyranny. Malcolm believes that Macduff had been sent by Macbeth, and tests Macduffs loyalty to Scotland by describing himself as an unworthy king. Macduff then passes the test by getting angry and agreeing that maybe Malcolm is not fit to even live, let alone rule Scotland. Macduff's love of Scotland has driven him to fight against the ruin of it, which proves to be a great motivation in the end. While Macduff is in England, Macbeth learns of the abandonment of Macduff's family and resolves to have them murdered. When Macduff learns of the murder of his family, he is motivated by Malcolm to get revenge. It is this that pushes Macduff to the edge and forces him to go after Macbeth himself. The power of Malcolm's taunting that he must take it like a man and his own love for his family makes him hate Macbeth to the fullest extent, and eventually he succeeds in killing him. In conclusion, there are

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