Macbeth seems like an even worse person after he kills Macduff’s family for no apparent reason. Macduff has some real hatred for Macbeth, on 143 he says “Not in the legions of horrid hell can come a devil more damned in evils to top Macbeth.” Macduff is not bloodthirsty, he just wants revenge. Because of Macduff there is a strong protagonist to fight against Macbeth. Duncan and Banquo are killed so Macduff takes their place as “the good guy”. Another comparison that is made to Macbeth is with Duncan, the old king.
Is Macbeth a cold-hearted, brutal traitor? Or is he an innocent victim, forced into the sinful act of murder? Macbeth starts off as a humble, loyal subject to the King, but greed led him to doing unimaginable, acts of cruelty. He became a blood-thirsty tyrant, with no limits, and unable to stop. He didn’t want to take the killing path but Lady Macbeth cunningly persuaded him, and hooked him to the taste of blood.
It is through over ambition and guilt that leads to a progression of loneliness throughout the play until the climatic point of his downfall being his death. He rides into battle companionless being labelled a ‘dead butcher’ by associates who were once friends which have now left to join Malcolm and the English army. The only soldiers left to ride into battle with him now does so through duty not honour or love which, exemplifies his social loneliness by the end of the play; showing the effect of his excessive ambition and greed for power. This explicitly shows that this Gothic text leaves us with the chief impression of the loneliness of the protagonist. To support the latter further, Shakespeare’s character Macbeth even admits himself that ‘which should accompany old age as honour and love, obedience troops of friends I must not look to have’ illustrating that to accomplish his goal of King he must do it alone intrinsically showing his loneliness without support of ‘troops and friends’ due to undergoing atrocious acts such as regicide.
Like all tragic heroes Macbeth demonstrates he is doomed to make errors in judgment when he allows Lady Macbeth to convince him to commit murder in order to gain the crown. In addition we know that at the beginning Macbeth is good. He was rewarded the respected title Thane of Cawdor after the execution of the previous Thane. It is easy to identify with Macbeth as he is pushed by Lady Macbeth to commit the murders and faces the external and internal conflicts typical of a tragic hero. Another aspect of the tragic hero is that they are responsible for their own fate.
The Gaitas each faced their own fears of unable to belong, but none so as much as Christina who dies to the loneliness of been unable to fit in. “He found her just staring into the fire” describes Raymond, illustrating how desperate his mother had been. As a result she is characterized as ‘appearing to be cheerful and vivacious’ but in truth ‘deeply depressed.’ Christina is an allusion of the displaced socialite hungry for a sense of fulfillment and security, in a place where she cannot get the acceptance she seeks; she wants to ‘fall asleep and die”. She feels geographically and culturally displaced, as a result she never settles into Frogmore. Raymond uses a series of fragmented repetitions to convey the alienation felt by Christina.
After nobody attempted to help him because of his jacket, he realized that he was going to die. He became more aware of the important things in life. He didn’t want to die by the street ramble. Consequently, the title of Royal brought him death and took everything that he could have in life. “I'm Andy, he screamed wordlessly, I'm Andy.” (P. 196) He began to hate his identity as a Royal and he want to die as Andy.
Both characters show signs of guilty conscience later in the play and eventually die for their tragic flaws. Brutus and Macbeth have similar situations; however, there is much difference in the characteristics and personality of the characters. Brutus’s intention is reasonable and straightforward while Macbeth commits the crime because of his ambitious and corrupt characteristics. Brutus murders Caesar for his country and well being of the people whereas Macbeth does it for his own self gain. Brutus is a Roman nobleman who loves his country greatly.
“More is thy due than more than all can pay” (1.4.21). King Duncan says this to show how he is grateful of Macbeth for wining the war. As events unfold, Macbeth shows his true character when he kills Duncan to become king. This shows he has a false appearance because Duncan thought the two were friends and Macbeth would not kill a relative. Towards the end of the play Macbeth gets caught up in a killing spree by hiring people to murder Banquo and his son, and by having everybody in Macduff’s castle killed: The castle of Macduff I will surprise, Seize upon fife: give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate
In Act 5, Sc 3, Macbeth says, “I am sick at heart”. He also says, “my way of life is fall’n into the sear, the yellow leaf; and that which should accompany old age” by saying this it shows us that he has realised that even though he is now king, it is not worth what has happened to him, as a human being. He has no friends or family left, and his life is not worth living and even if he lives to see old age, he will still have a very unhappy life. In Act 5, Sc 5, Macbeth finds out Lady Macbeth has died, and in Act 5, Sc 8 he says, “Why should I play the Roman fool, and die on my own sword?” This shows us he thinks about committing suicide, but he then says why should he die from his own sword, and decides to fight and die on the battlefield, honourably. The play begins with Macbeth fighting like a true warrior on the battlefield, and it ends with him dying in combat.