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Macbeth essay In the following essay, I am going to prove that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are not one dimensioned characters I will do this by proving that they have some redeeming features. Macbeth is a brave character at both the beginning and the end of the play. At the beginning he is successful in defeating the Norwegians and the king awards Macbeth a new title for being so brace. "What we hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won." Also at the end Macbeth is brave as he doesn't back down from the battle. "I'll fight till from my bones my flesh be hack'd, give me my armour." Macbeth is very patriotic in the beginning of the play because he vigorously supported Scotland, he defended Scotland and he fought valiantly against his enemies the Norwegians and defeated them. Macbeth does see the murders of Banquo and Duncan as evil and wicked. Macbeth regrets the murders, because before he kills Duncan he tries to get out of it. "We will proceed no further in this business." ...read more.

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"Come, put mine armour on." "I will not be afraid of death and bane." Now I am going to try and find some redeeming features of Lady Macbeth. On the other hand, Lady Macbeth is a very willing woman, who is prepared to do anything she can to help Macbeth fulfill his destiny, lady Macbeth has no real ambitions or desires of her own. Lady Macbeth is quite a tender character and this is why she needs to get rid of all her tender feelings, so she can have the strength and be cruel enough to commit the deed of killing Duncan. "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty." After this lady Macbeth feels that she is able and ready to commit the deed, and persuades Macbeth to go through with it. "What beast was't then that made you break this enterprise to me?" Macbeth is unsure whether to commit the deed, he thinks they might fail but lady Macbeth pulls him around. "We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail." ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Macbeth didn't realize the effect the murder would have on Macbeth. She thought it would be just the murder of Duncan and then Macbeth would be king and they would live happily, after that she didn't realize the consequences and the trail of devastation it would unleash. "A little water washes us of the deed." Obviously this wasn't the case though. Lady Macbeth didn't see the difference in killing others on the battlefield and killing people he knows, but there was a big difference in this, as this affected Macbeths character greatly. I have come to a conclusion, I hope I have proved a number of redeeming features in both characters, which proves they are not totally one dimensional evil characters. I have found that Macbeth's main redeeming feature is that he is patriotic in both the beginning and the end of the play, in the beginning of the play Macbeth fought valiantly and violently to defend his country, and in the end he fights passionately for what he believes in. "Come put mine armour on." "I will not be afraid of death and bane." I have also found that Lady Macbeths main redeeming feature is that she loves Macbeth and everything she does is to fulfill his destiny. ...read more.

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