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The Tragedy of Macbeth

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Introduction

In William Shakespeare's, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth the main character had many different types of relationships with the other characters in the play. His wife Lady Macbeth, Duncan the king of Scotland, Banquo his friend and Macduff a nobleman of Scotland. Throughout the play Macbeth changes from knowing what he wants for his wife and himself to a lonely man with no one or as Martindale says, "By his original murder he isolates himself from humanity."(Martindale 177) For Macbeth, the relationship that he had with the other characters, helped him become a person with out a heart because he did not really care, and that lead to his death. He was lonely after Lady Macbeth had killed herself but even with this tragedy he was very involved with himself. Macbeth's relationship with his wife is like any other ordinary marriage, they both got along with each other and they loved being with one another. The only exception to this marriage was that Lady Macbeth wanted more than what had been given to her. ...read more.

Middle

Because he was grateful for everything, he gave Macbeth the title Thane of Cawdor. He thought it was the least he could do for Macbeth. The night Duncan was killed, he had fun being and staying with a nobleman, whom he trusted. Banquo was Macbeth's best friend and they got along very well and went through many hardships together. The first time Macbeth started to turn against Banquo was after the three witches had told him that he would be very powerful because he was Thane of Cawdor. For Macbeth to become king he would have to eliminate Banquo because he knew all of his secrets. Banquo knew that Duncan was not murdered by Duncan's officers but by his best friend. Macbeth ended up killing Banquo making it seem as if they had no intimate relationship with one another. During this time in the play, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are becoming distant. They did talk a lot to each other before the murders but at this time in the play they both are going their separate ways. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth, after finding out that his wife was dead, did not mourn for her. Knight describes it as, "there is no sense of any communication, sharing of suffering, just of dissatisfaction in isolation."(Knight 152) At the end of the play Macbeth and Macduff had a sword fight. Macduff killed Macbeth, by cutting off his head, he then paraded Macbeth's head around and Banquo's son was crowned king. All of these different types of relationships helped and destroyed Macbeth. It helped him sometimes because in the beginning of the play, all of the characters supported him by being his friend or his leader. By the end of the play Macbeth had already killed four people. Although Lady Macbeth's death did not have a great impact on him, they had planned all of this together, to be powerful, and yet Macbeth felt lonely with not having her near. "Because he has succeeded, he cannot grieve for the one person he cared for absolutely, the person who was in a shut and behavior sense, 'his life.'" ( Everett 103) Macbeth's pride was to overcoming which lead to his death. ...read more.

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