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Is Macbeth Evil, Weak or Easily Led?

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IS MACBETH EVIL, WEAK OR EASILY LED? In reading this play I found it hard to determine at first if Macbeth was any of the above. This is mainly because through the play he gives us a number of reasons to believe he is all of them. We could say that Macbeth was easily led because of Lady Macbeth encouraging him to kill. She also teases and taunts him. Playing mind games with him to make him kill. For example in act 1 scene 7, Lady Macbeth asks him is he afraid to kill King Duncan. Saying she knows he wants to do it but he's just too cowardly saying he's like the cat who wants the fish but is too afraid to get his paws wet. She does all of this by saying, "Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valour, as thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that? Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life. And live a coward in thine own esteem. Letting I dare not await upon I would. Like the poor cat I'th' adage?". ...read more.


In act 3 scenes 1 he orders murderers to kill Banquo. Telling the murderers that Banquo is a bad man and he is not only Macbeth's enemy but theirs too. Therefore they must kill him and if they don't they are wimps. The murderers agree with Macbeth that they will kill Banquo. Macbeth gives them instructions in what to do. "Your spirits shine through you. Within this hour at most I will advise you where to plant yourselves. Acquaint you with the perfect spy o' the time, the moment on't, for't must be done to-night, and something from the palace". He tells them not to leave any clues, "leave no rubs nor botches in the work". Then tells them to kill Banquo's son Fleance because Macbeth knows that if Fleance lives he will be able to tell everyone what happened to his father and also if he found out who was responsible for it then he might grow up and seek revenge on them. "Fleance his son, that keeps him company, whose absence is no less material to me than is his fathers, must embrace the fate of that dark hour". ...read more.


Weak and easily led because he goes back to see the witches and believes everything they say as before. He doesn't however listen properly to the witches and interprets what they say in his own favour. However he doesn't show his evil side until act4 scene2, which is when he orders the killing of Lady Macduff and entire household. In act4 scene3 Macduff talks about how evil Macbeth is by saying, "not in the legions of horrid hell can come a devil more damned in evils to top Macbeth". This confirms that Macbeth is evil. To conclude, I believe that Macbeth was evil. This was because he was over ambitious about making his way to the top of the throne. And on the way there, he lied, cheated, murdered, ordered murders to happen and drove himself mad with guilt from committing all of the crimes as he did when he seen the ghost of Banquo. "Can such things be. And overcome us like summer's cloud. Without our special wonder? You make me strange. Even to the disposition that I owe. When now I think you can hold such sights. And keep the natural ruby of your cheeks. When mine is blanched with fear". ...read more.

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