• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Death of a Salesman

Extracts from this document...


CHARACTER ANALYSIS OF MACBETH FROM WAR HERO TO 'DEAD BUTCHER' IN THIS ESSAY, I will look at and analyse the character of Macbeth and how he gradually changes throughout the play. Macbeth has just come back from a victorious battle against the Norwegians. King Duncan rewards his bravery and heroism by giving him the title of ' Thane of Cawdor. ' This analogy will show how his life slowly turned into a web of deceit and murder. The character of Macbeth is very complicated. Our initial view of him is as a respected war hero who is known for his bravery by the king, and the rest of the kingdom. He has many good qualities, which make up the person he is. For a start, he is a generally happy sort of person who is contented at what life has given to him. His loyalty to King Duncan is never doubted. He serves him well by fighting bravely in wars. Macbeth is a patriot who will do anything for his country, Scotland. He is an affectionate husband to his wife, Lady Macbeth, and it is obvious that he loves her dearly. Macbeth is not superstitious and does not believe what the witches' predict. In fact, he makes a joke about it, " Speak if you can. What are you? ...read more.


Apparently, it worked. Presently, Lady Macbeth is the driving force, Macbeth, however, is reluctant. She works out a cunning plan, " But screw your courage to the sticking-place and we'll not fail. When Duncan is asleep whereto the rather shall his hard journey's soundly invite him - his to chamberlains will I with wine and wassail so convince, that memory, the warder of the brain, shall be a fame, and the receipt of reason a limbeck only; when in swinish sleep their drench natures lie as in a death. " Here, Lady Macbeth is telling her husband what she proposes that they should do. Her plan consists of Macbeth drugging the chamberlains with alcohol and cover their hands in blood. So, when someone finds the king dead, they will blame them. And he is meant to stab the sleeping king with a dagger. The night arrives. All goes well, Macbeth has drugged the chamberlains and onwards he goes to kill the king. He then sees a dagger in mid-air and tries to grab it. But he can't as it is only an illusion in his mind. He takes this as a sign to advance with the murder. Subsequently he says, " I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not Duncan, for it is a knell that summons you to heaven or hell. ...read more.


She is seen washing her hands at night time. This indicates that she wants to ' wash the blood off her hands. ' She is now feeling guilty about killing Duncan and Macbeth isn't. " What, will these hands ne'er be clean? No more o' that my lord, no more o' that; you mar all with this starting. " It seems as if they have switched their feelings about the death of Duncan. At the start of their plan, it is Macbeth who feels guilty, and Lady Macbeth who does not. Now the guilt has finally dawned on her, and Macbeth's own guilt has been driven away by his new found ' invincibility. ' At the start of the final act, Macbeth feels almost immortal. He believes what the witches' predicted. He feels absolutely no fear of anything. We can see this when he says, " Bring me no more reports, let them fly all. Till Birnam Wood remove to Dunsinane, I cannot taint with fear. " Finally when he is killed we feel sympathy, but also dislike for him. At the start of the play, we slowly began to build a liking for him. We admired him for his bravery, courage, and determination. But we disliked him for his greed, ruthlessness and betrayal. Our image of Macbeth quickly began to deteriorate from when he agrees to kill Duncan. At the end he is described by Malcolm as a ' dead butcher. ' ?? ?? ?? ?? Character Analysis Of Macbeth - 1 - ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. Macbeth Analysis

    Lady Macbeth then goes on to talk about when the king is staying at the castle; "O never Shall sun that morrow see." She is talking about King Duncan not seeing the sun again, which in other words means, she is going to make sure he will die.

  2. Macbeth: A Reluctant Murderer.

    Macbeth realizes that we do have consequences with our actions and there will always be judgement on earth "We still have

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work