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MacBeth Essay

  • Submitted by: bukhari
  • on December 13, 2008
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 836 words

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Description of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as we see them in act ½

Macbeth

In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is presented by a conversation between King Duncan, his son Malcolm and a sergeant who has just returned from a victorious battle against an army of rebels. The sergeant speaks highly about Macbeth who, apparently, has shown his true character in the battle. He fought bravely and without fear and showed no mercy to his enemies. During the battle he displayed great abilities as general of the Kings army. At this point of the story, Macbeth thus seems to be a professional soldier serving for his country and King. He appears to be a good man fighting darkness and evil in order to create a good and just world. What originally seems to be a good hero actually turns out to be an evil anti-hero: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" (Act 1, scene 1, line 11.)

Returning from the battle, Macbeth and his friend Banquo meet three witches. They tell Macbeth that he will be appointed Thane of Cawdor and that he will be King of Scotland. The first part of their prophecy comes true and this changes Macbeth's character. He begins to believe in their ability to foretell the future and becomes tempted by the implications of their evil predictions.The "horrid image" of the murder of King Duncan in order to become king himself crosses his mind. Macbeth who originally fought for King Duncan now begins to wonder whether he should get rid of the King and claim the throne. The seed of evil has thus been sown in a good man and it displays the rising of evil and decline of good in him.

He is not totally cold and solely ambitious as shown by his terror of the murder image, which thoroughly defies his loyalty. There is love in Macbeth as shown by his letter to Lady Macbeth in which he calls her his "dearest partner of greatness." Macbeth is already thinking about being king, but he is undecided about whether it is better to succumb to the temptation presented by the witches or...

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