Character Study on Macbeth

Macbeth was a successful general, very noble and valiant to the king. Obeying his commands and following the routines of the king, he has achieved respect in the community for his bravery. He has a strong relationship with his wife and a bright outlook on life. He is very dedicated to his wife and would do anything for her.

Before he overcomes the witches, killing Duncan wasn’t the thoughts in his minds. At that time evil was growing inside him but the evil became stronger when lady Macbeth told him to murder Duncan as well. From a humane and caring person he became a vile one and started murdering a lot of the people including Macduff’s wife and children.

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Even the relationship with changed as he was feeling too guilty about the murder he has done he didn’t pay much attention to lady Macbeth. Even when she committed suicide there was no reaction to the death.

He doesn’t enjoy being a king because he is afraid about getting caught for the murders committed. Life was wonderful but now life is a nuisance to him. He sees the ghost of Banquo and Duncan and that really freaks him out making him feel more guilty towards the fact that every time he tries to do something the ghost are going to be with him.

Macbeth was too proud of his ambition. Now that he got what he wanted. He had to make sure that no one would stand in front of him therefore he killed banquo listening to the witches prediction about Banquo’s children being a king. Macbeth wanted to ensure that he reached his ambition without problems.

He doesn’t even need the encouragement from lady Macbeth so he started ignoring her. He didn’t even give an emotional sight to her death.

King Duncan has powerful effects on him. The temptation to be on the throne is just irresistible to Macbeth. The dagger can also be one of the imaginary sights or just a trick played by the witches. Macbeth thought that the witches would help him throughout the whole murder incident but it just made matters worse, he killed Duncan’s guards, banquo and Macduff’s family. Macbeth doesn’t think before he takes his actions, losing his wife, no one to talk too, very lonely and no satisfaction from being a king. Macbeth was totally depressed and would spend most of time thinking about his life. He thought life is useless and he got no pleasure out of it.

Macbeth wasn’t totally evil, he thought about the bad things he did and felt guilty about it. Throughout the play Macbeth has committed many murders. The day he had hid big feast with the entire guest invited he saw banquo’s ghost and he could not bare seeing the sight of blood all over him. He started to talk to banquo and he was explaining him why he killed Duncan but before he could say anything lady Macbeth advised the guest to leaving with an excuse of Macbeth being ill. This tells us that Macbeth is weak and needs help to hide his truth but one day the truth will be spoken and Macbeth will pay for it.

At the end of the play, when Macduff is approaching to battle Macbeth. His reactions are numb because the witches have told Macbeth that he will die when Birnam forest moves and he knew that there was nothing he could do about it, he probably thought, “the time has come to pay for my crime”. During Macduff’s arrival, lady Macbeth committed suicide; Macbeth showed no reaction to it, no tears to the fact that the woman he loved ha just died.

Macbeth knew he had lost everything, his wife, his throne and his life. Therefore he wondered how life would have been if he didn’t kill king Duncan.

Concluding my essay, Macbeth was ambitious, brave and courageous but he threw it all away when his evil side took over. He became more lonely and started seeing things that no one else could. He could have achieved a lot if he had stayed as the Thane of Cawdor. He would have got respect and love from the people. He also would have been happily married but he let his conscience fall apart and let the evil take over him.