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Macbeth’s dynamic character.

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Macbeth's Dynamic Character Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a tragic play, telling the downfall of the brave and noble Macbeth. He is a valiant, ambitious, and loyal general for the king of Scotland. However, throughout the play, Macbeth's own ambition and the prompting of others ambition leads him down the spiral pit to self destruction. When the play opens, Macbeth is portrayed as a valiant, brave soldier. A sergeant found on the battle field hails him as "brave Macbeth" who "well...deserves that name" (1.2.16). King Duncan describes him as a "valiant cousin, worthy gentleman" (1.2.24). Macbeth is well noted by others for his courage and loyalty in battle. Duncan recognizes Macbeth's loyalty and gives him the title Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth, when confronted by the witches, is somewhat scared of them but also intrigued by them (1.3.48-78). This fearfulness of them will fade as the play goes along, and when Macbeth gets more and more evil. Macbeth plays with the idea of if what the witches said is a good or bad omen. He wonders how it could not be good since the witches predictions are "commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor" (1.3.133). Yet if it is good "why do I yield to that suggestion/ whose horrid image doth unfix my hair/ and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, / against the use of nature?" ...read more.

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Macbeth has made up his mind to kill Duncan. Macbeth will also put on a front to cover up his real feeling, for "False face must hide what the false heart doth know" (1.7.82). It is therefore hard, from now on, to tell what Macbeth is really thinking when talking to others in the play. That is why his asides and soliloquies are so important. Right before he is to go and kill Duncan, Macbeth is alone talking to himself. He starts to fantasize and dream about killing Duncan and sees an imaginary dagger before him (2.1.30-63). This shows how he is beginning to lose his mind and common sense. This will grow as the play progresses. Right after he kills Duncan, Macbeth again tells his wife of these strange images and voices he heard while in Duncan's chamber killing him (2.2.20-40). He is starting to lose his mind even more, although he shows a little remorse by not wanting to go back into Duncan's chamber when his wife wanted him to, because he is "afraid to think what I have done;/ Look on't again I dare not" (2.2.48-49). This shows Macbeth has not completely tossed aside his conscience yet. He shows here that he is feeling regretful about what he just did. Macbeth is now the new king, but "to be thus is nothing,/ But to be safely thus. ...read more.

Conclusion

He shows no sorrow or emotion over the death of a wife he had loved. This shows how much his mind has deteriorated and how evil and corrupt he has gotten. Macbeth has now completely lost it. He is now totally evil. He has lost the meaning and sanctity of life for he says that "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, / that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, / and then is heard no more. It is a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing (5.5.24.28). Life has no meaning to him anymore. It is fitting that when Macbeth finally gets to this point, that he dies soon after. Macbeth loses his meaningless life. Macbeth took a steady trip down the road to self destruction. He started as a loyal, brave soldier. When given the praise and esteem of men, his ambition started tempting him to want more. Through much struggling in the mind, inner turmoil, and with the prodding of his wife, he gave in to his ambition and killed Duncan. After this, Macbeth slowly loses his conscience, common sense, and purposefulness, and gets more and more evil, impulsive, and insane. It gets easier and easier for Macbeth to murder. He finally gets to the point where he does not even care about his wife's life or his own. Macbeth made a complete journey from a person who was basically good to a person who is basically bad. ...read more.

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