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Macbeth and His Roles

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At the beginning of the play we're introduced by Macbeth being a loyal, valiant soldier who fights for his king with honour, "For brave Macbeth well he deserves that name" This is said by the Captain, and is heard by king himself and other soldiers. As it's discussed between such important people, Shakespeare makes Macbeth look brave and important. The first role that Shakespeare presents Macbeth as to the audience is as a soldier, a good noble man but as the play progresses the overall judgement on Macbeth being a good man is questioned. Apart from "Soldier" being one of Macbeth's role roles, he is also a subject to the King which is related as a Soldier. ...read more.


Hail!"), Macbeth becomes intrigued and wants to knoe more; "stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more". From this point onwards, Macbeth becomes puzzled and wrapped into this idea which will lead onto other roles. Eventually Macbeth talks to King Duncan along with attendants and soldiers. Here his role is the subject to the king as he is praised by being named "Thane of Cawdor". This is when Macbeth realises that the witches were right and that what they predicted was therefore right. As Macbeth considers this, his thoughts change to jealousy as he hears Malcolm being announced Prince of Cumberland. Macbeth claimed that he fought for honour and duty as he was supposed to. ...read more.


This is where his role as a husband comes in. Macbeth tells his wife that he might become king and to his surprise, Lady Macbeth encourages him to murder the king. "Whiles I stodd rapt in the wonder of it [...] lay it to thy heart, and farewell". In addition, Macbeth still doubts if the shouled murder the king but his wife calls him a "coward" and Macbeth had always been treated as brave which shocked him and made him more confident and determined to kill. Macbeth then realises that what he shall do is wrong ("deep damnation") but his ambitions and desires make him react otherwise. Eventually he comes to a conclusion that he shall do it, along with his wife's help. "I am settles, and bend up Each corporal [...] must hide what the false heart doth know". ...read more.

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