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Macbeth Malcom: Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like Queen. 1) Is this a fair judgement of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?!?!?! 1) Macbeth is a classic tragic figure brought to ruin by his own greed, guilt, and fear. Shakespeare intensifies Macbeth's tragic nature by showing him to be a valiant hero in the beginning of the play. He is a courageous warrior and one of King Duncan's best generals. In the second scene of the play, Macbeth has just won his most important battle and saved Scotland from the Norwegian King. To honour his bravery, King Duncan gives Macbeth the title of Thane of Cawdor. This is one of the first steps to Macbeth's undoing, for he longs to be more than just a thane. His innate greed is first inflamed by three wicked witches who prophesise to Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. When the first prophecy comes to pass, Macbeth immediately begins to long for greater power. He realizes that in order to seize the throne from the king, he will have to murder him. Being a basically kind man, he is horrified at his own thoughts and decides murder is beyond his capability. He decides to let fate take its course, and if he is meant to be king, it will happen. ...read more.


Then a new trait of Macbeth, that haunts him through the rest of the play, is depicted. He is truly a fearful man: not afraid of murdering (he has murdered many on the battlefield), but afraid of being caught. The manipulative Lady Macbeth, who is more self- confident than her husband, believes they will not fail and convinces Macbeth that the plan must be completed. Macbeth is obviously not as strong-willed as his wife. Also, this is shown from things she says, like "I would, while it was smiling I my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dash'd the brains our, had I sworn as you have done to this." Here she is basically calling him a coward, and saying that if she has sworn to do all of the horrible deeds above, then she would have done it if she had promised it like Macbeth had to kill Duncan! But there is also a sign of her not being that malevolent, as she herself could not kill Duncan as she said that he looked too much like her father. Here, at the beginning, Macbeth is good, and does not want to commit any crimes, and says that he will let what the witches prophesised happen by themselves and will not do anything bad to make it happen. ...read more.


He says this by saying that it is as if he is in the middle of a lake, and now that he is half way, it would take as long, or in his case, as bad, a time, to go all the way back, then to go forward. Lastly at the end, I think he dies sane, and almost his old self, personally, cause he knows that he is going to die, as Birnam wood moves to Dunsinane hill, he finds that Macduff, was not woman born, so all of the prophecies were true, but have now been gone round, and this is where he realises what he has done, and basically says, my wife is dead, i'm not happy, i'm not King. There is no point of this. It all ended with disaster. So he just says, fine, I might as well fight; i'm going to die sometime... So my conclusion, is basically, that both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, were both evil, and good, at different parts of the story, and always opposing each others ideas, for example, at first it is Lady Macbeth who wants to kill, where as later it is Macbeth. But I do not think, that you can say that anyone who had done such deeds, can be forgiven, and can only be branded as being bad! Abbas Lightwalla ...read more.

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