Macbeth Character Sketch
Macbeth is the thane of Glamis, a Scottish general, and a brave and powerful soldier. At the very start of the play King Ducan believes Macbeth to be a very honourable person, when in all reality he is morally evil. The prophecies from the three witches have great impact on Macbeth’s life. At first after hearing the prophecies of the witches Macbeth is unsure about them. He is slightly confused because he is already thane of Glamis as prophesied, as far as he knows the thane of Cawdor still lives, as well as King Ducan. He is very cautious at first, because he believes that the witches are evil and no good can come from them. The turning moment for Macbeth is when Ross informs him that King Ducan has named him Thane of Cawdor "The Thane of Cawdor lives: why do you dress me In borrow'd robes?" (I, iii, 108-109). Macbeth learns that the Thane of Cawdor betrayed King Ducan and Macbeth now holds his title, fulfilling the second prophecy. After becoming Thane of Cawdor Macbeth really begins to ponder on himself becoming King and the readers see his first moral struggles between right and wrong. He writes a letter to Lady Macbeth explaining the situation and that he is travelling home with the King as a guest. The first time the reader see’s Macbeth interact with Lady Macbeth it is easy to see that Lady Macbeth is the dominant person in the relationship. Macbeth is wary about the suggestion to kill the King to claim the title of King for himself.
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be
What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great;
Art not without ambition; but without
The illness should attend it. (I,V)
Macbeth only seems to take the idea of killing the King seriously after the questioning of his manhood from his wife. This shows that Macbeth is slightly insecure and unsure of himself as a man....