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Character Analysis of Macbeth

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DUNCAN A kindly and trusting older man whose unsuspecting nature leaves him open to Macbeth's attack. He is also good king of Scotland whom Macbeth, in his ambition for the crown, murders. Duncan is the model of a virtuous, caring, and farsighted ruler. His death symbolizes the destruction of an order in Scotland that can be restored only when Duncan's line, in the person of Malcolm, once more occupies the throne. Although he disappears at the end of Act 1, Duncan is a major character. This is because the whole play continues as he is murdered, without which it wouldn't proceed. He even sets standard for which a king should be. Macbeth is no where close to Duncan for being a king even though he admires him. . Even after he murdered him, Macbeth refers to Duncan as 'gracious' (Act 3, Scene 1, Line 67). ...read more.


King Duncan said himself that it is impossible to see the mind's construction in the face (Act 1, Scene 4, Line 12-15), but this does not cause him to behave with a little more care. I think that King Duncan is a significant figure in this play because it is because of him that Macbeth wanted to become king. Macbeth wanted to be all that King Duncan was. MACDUFF Macduff, Thane of Fife: a Scottish nobleman who begins to question Macbeth's tyrannical rule. He flees his home and becomes allied with Malcolm and the English forces in opposing Macbeth. The Scottish nobleman hostile to Macbeth's kingship from the start eventually becomes a leader of the crusade to unseat Macbeth. The crusade's mission is to place the rightful king, Malcolm, on the throne, but Macduff also desires vengeance for Macbeth's murder of Macduff's wife and young son. ...read more.


A Porter, in Macbeth's service: provides comic relief with his account of "hell-porteringporter: watches Macbeth's castle; when drunk, thought that he was the keeper of Hell's Gates and that sinners were knocking at the door to be admitted. He is a lowlife type of character- drunk, obscene, chatty. The wonder is in how Shakespeare bends even the porter's language to serve the themes of the play-whilst at the same time giving Macbeth an opportunity to wash and change clothing before reappearing on stage. Some actors who play the porter ad-lib jokes about contemporary events: other exploit the sexual reference's to the full or tell 'knock knock' jokes. The main aim of the porter in the play is to provide some relief in the play (Act2, Scene 3, Lines 1-17, 20-21, 23-30, and 32-34). In the scene just before this, Macbeth had just murdered Duncan and so much has been happening that the porter comes in to give some relief. ...read more.

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