Hannah MulderCarol Anne JohnsonEngl-2322.73012 December 2017Macbeth/Hamlet Essay:Character Analysis of Macbeth William Shakespeare’s Macbeth play is based on the maincharacter, which is the name of the literature piece.
Throughout the play thereaders follow the journey of Macbeth becoming King of Scotland and the horrificacts of violence he commits as king. At thebeginning of the play, Macbeth is portrayed as a loyal, kind, and courageousgeneral in the military. Malcolm validates this when he tells his father, For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name),Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel,Which smok’d with bloody execution,(Like Valor’s minion) carv’d out his passageTill he fac’d the slave;Which nev’r shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,Till he unseam’d him from the nave to th’chops,And fix’d his head upon our battlements (Act I, Scene 2).As him and his fellow general, who also happened to be aclose friend of his, are heading back home from the battle three witchesappear, and give the two of them prophecies. They tell Macbeth that he willbecome Thane of Cawdor and eventually king. They told Banquo that he will notbecome king, but his children shall. The first prophecy came true; however,Duncan, the King of Scotland, named his son, Malcolm, as the next in line tobecome king. Macbeth is then persuaded and manipulated by Lady Macbeth, hiswife, to murder Duncan in order to become king.
After Macbeth secures his titleas king, he becomes paranoid that someone is going to take his spot, so by theend of the play he became power hungry and a cold blooded killer. Macbeth has very positive and loyalrelationships with his surrounding loved ones, and peers in the beginning, buthe soon terminates them as a whole or his need for power becomes too much forpeople to handle. This is shown when he kills Duncan.
He was very loyal toDuncan, especially during times of war, so much so that he was named Thane of Glamisand Thane of Cawdor. Banquo was Macbeth’s right hand man, his best friend, yetMacbeth still went after him and his son, Fleance because the witch’s prophecy.While he sent murders to kill both of them Fleance made it out alive. Anothervery personal relationship he had was with his wife, while she influenced himto kill Duncan she eventually drowns in the fact that she has started a chainreaction of Macbeth killing people. Macbeth did not kill her, but the guiltdrove her to commit suicide. Macbeth unfortunately let the power get to hishead, therefore he made the decisions to end his closest friends’ lives, andpushed his wife away by doing so.
As thereaders can see, Macbeth became a completely different person as the playcontinued. At first he is an honorable, noble man, who is loyal. Then he makesthe one mistake of allowing his wife to coax him into committing the first ofmany murders. He had no desire to kill his first victim, Duncan, in fact heonly did it because his wife had threatened him by saying, Does unmake you. I have given suck, andknowHow tender ’tis to love the babe thatmilks me;I would, while it was smiling in myface,Have pluck’d my nipple from hisboneless gums, And dash’d the brains out, had I sosworn asYouHave done this (Act I, Scene 7).When he decides to send murdersafter Banquo and Fleance it is obvious that his mindset had changeddrastically.
At one point Macbeth felt threatened by Macduff, so he once againsent his men out to murder another man not even having a remorseful thought.Macduff was not there, so intern his wife and child met the fate originallymeant for him. Throughout the play it is exhibited that Macbeth went from aremorseful human being to someone who would kill somebody as a rash decision,all because his hankering for power became the most import aspect of his life.This ultimately ended up with him being assassinated by Macduff, so order couldbe restored in Scotland. As far as Macbeth’s contribution to the playas a character he is vital.
He is the protagonist because he is the center ofthe drama in the play. Considering the whole literature piece is about Macbeththere would be no storyline without him, therefore this play would probably notexist if there was no Macbeth. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. PlayShakespeare.com, 2014.