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‘Macbeth is a one dimensional character representing the human trail of weakness.’ Discuss this statement with close reference to the text.

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'Macbeth is a one dimensional character representing the human trail of weakness.' Discuss this statement with close reference to the text. All of Shakespeare villains are good men but always have one fatal, flaw, in Macbeth's case it was ambition (Othello's was jealousy) This is still true today, look at President Kennedy! A great man but his flaw (unlike Macbeth's, not fatal) was lust he couldn't leave women alone! It seems typical of Shakespeare plays in the way he contrasts the characters (e.g Macbeth & LadyMacbeth) And in the way the 'Villain' has one, flaw. However it is unlike most of Shakespeare's work because the 'villain' has nothing kind said about him after his death. Other villains of his plays had some praise, 'Good-night, sweet prince, And flights of angel sing thee to thy rest!' was what Horatio said about Hamlet and Othello was praised for his large and kind heart. The name Macbeth means 'son of life', very weird and ironic isn't it? ...read more.


He is weak because he doesn't think every thing through, like the murder of Banquo. He was easily mislead by the prophesies and apparitions given by the witches he is so rapt in it he losses all his fighting skills. At the end of the play Macbeth changes his battle tactics three times, this is a show of how uncertain he is and seems to represent chaos and confusion. He is very, ambitious and this is his fatal fault. Macbeth is also weak because he is easily influenced by the witches and by his wife. He is also doubtful at times, he was unsure and eventually changed his mind about killing Duncan but his wife encouraged him and said he was not a man if he didn't kill Duncan. After he murders Duncan he panics and brings the daggers back so LadyMacbteh takes control. He panics and kills the guards this makes some of the Thanes suspicious of him. ...read more.


Macduff was weak in the way he left his family unprotected when he went to England; this was foolish in a time of chaos, with murders constantly happening. He was suspicious of Macbeth straight after the murder yet does not act straight away. Macbeth was easily influenced by evil, like the witches and apparitions. He returns to the witches even though he knows, deep down, that no good will come of it. However he feels that he has been so wicked there is no point in going back now, 'For mine own good, All causes shall give way: I am in blood, Stepped in so far that, should I wide no more, Returning were as tedious as go o,er'. He is essential to the play; it's about him! However the play does draw sympathy to Macbeth and His death is tragic because he realizes he has made the wrong dicion. In conclusion I have decided that Macbeth is not a 2-dimetional character, because he is full of different feelings, thoughts and emotions. He is too complicated and changes too much throughout the play. ...read more.

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