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Significant Quotes that Define Macbeth

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Significant Quotes that Define Macbeth 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare was a very powerful play and it dealt with a very complex character. Macbeth was a Scottish Lord and he was brave, ambitious, easily manipulated, ruthless and evil. Eventually all these traits led to his downfall. The play revolves around Macbeth and his ambition to be King of Scotland. Eagerness and ambition led him to kill King Duncan. It has shown me that ambition can be destructive not only to the person with ambition but also to those around them. It was made clear by Shakespeare that Macbeth's most important characteristic was his bravery. We become aware of this bravery though other characters. In Act one, Scene two the first reference to his bravery was made by the Sergeant; "For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name" This shows us that he was admired and respected. Again in scene two another reference was made to Macbeth and Banqo's bravery by the Sergeant, "...cannons overcharged with double cracks..." They were compared to a double load of ammunition. It was as if they were worth more than any other two soldiers as they were both so brave and fought so well. With Macbeth and Banqo in their army it seemed there was no chance of failure. In scene two we are also shown how ruthless Macbeth could be, we are told how violently Macbeth ripped open a man from the naval to the jaw. ...read more.


It was clear throughout the scene how much he needed his wife. I think they chose to marry each other as they both saw strong traits in one another that they did not have. The guilt he felt is emphasized further by the voices he hears, "Methought I heard a voice cry 'sleep no more!" Macbeth feels that it was the act of a coward to kill an old man in his sleep and also that his bravery was no longer real as he had sunk to such a low level. The one thing he could rely on, his bravery was also tarnished by guilt. The fact that he hears voices is also another sign of guilt. Macbeth is traumatised on the inside and relies on Lady Macbeth to sooth his fears, "Will all these great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this is my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red." I think this speech symbolised the fact that the guilt he felt was so overwhelming. Lady Macbeth makes him stronger and pulls him together, "My hands are of your colour, but I shame To wear a heart so white." She again called him a coward and this gave him the strength to carry on as normal because being called a coward was the biggest insult he could take. ...read more.


The next day the wood was seen from the castle battlements and Macbeth is informed, he then realised another promise was falling through. At the end of the play Macbeth's bravery was restored. The end scene consists of Lady Macbeth's death and the final battle. I feel that his reaction to his wife's death is very hollow. They had been so close to each other yet he could not shed one tear. "She should have died hereafter;" He was very cold and this was the point where we saw their strong bond broken. Macbeth was then told Birnam wood was moving towards the castle. At this point he knew that the castle would be destroyed, "Ring the alaurm-bell! Blow, wind! Come, wrack! At least we'll die with harness on our back." In the end Macbeth faces Macduff. Macduff tells him that he was not born of woman but by caesarean. His bravery is restored and he fights on. He knows he will die and he wants to go out fighting. I have some respect for him here as he fights on even when he knows his time is up. In the end Macbeth is destroyed by this own ambition and I have little sympathy for that. My opinion of Macbeth moved from one of utter disgust to one of admiration, as he is so brave at the end. However, I despised his ruthlessness as throughout the play he killed innocent people for no other reason than ambition. ...read more.

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