Shakespeare depicts Macbeth as a heroic figure, proudly serving his country through his courageous actions. However, after an encounter among three witches concerning his fortunes, Macbeth evolves into an obsessive character with a goal to obtain more power. In the beginning of the play, the King of Scotland, King Duncan encounters a bleeding sergeant that his noblemen, Macbeth and Banquo, had attacked. Duncan had exclaimed “What bloody man is that? He can report,/ As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt/ The newest state.” (1.2.1-3), to which blood indicates the open wounds Macbeth had caused to him.
Macbeth quotes, “will it not be received/ When we have mark’d with blood those sleepy two/ Of his own chamber and used their very daggers/ That they have done’t? (1.7.75-79), stating that blood is beginning to literally represent guilt, rather then symbolically. By killing Duncan with the guard’s weapons and then smearing blood all over them, Macbeth is framing them, making them guilty by using Duncan’s blood. This quote also depicts Macbeth’s transition from a morally correct ruler to a corrupt and vicious murderer. Before hearing the witch’s prophecy, he was a virtuous and ethical person, but after hearing that he is destined for kingship, he goes on a murderous rampage to gain political power, completely disregarding his previous decency.
Lady Macbeth: Guilty G. Delirious visions H. Sleep walking V. Murder I. Bloody hands J. Daggers Macbeth was a person who showed bravery, courage, and loyalty he believed in fighting for and being dedicated to his king. Macbeth was Thane of Glamis after winning a war in Scotland he soon became Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth and Banquo are approached by three
Macbeth started out as a good leader, but because of greed, he became disloyal, paranoid, and unstable. These things made him a poor leader. As early as Act One scene II we see that Macbeth is a good leader. A Captain returning from battle tells King Duncan of Macbeth's bravery. He tells how Macbeth led an assault on the "merciless MacDonwald."
The Captain spoke to King Duncan about the course and outcome of the battles. The Captain describe Macbeth threw himself into the middle of the fray, and came out the winner all across the board for his King and his country. The Captain said he was “like valor’s favourite, he slashed his way until he faced the villain”. Duncan described Macbeth as noble and worthy of the title Thane of Cawdor. 4.
In Shakespeare’s, ‘Macbeth’, the act of betrayal demonstrates the absolute conflict echoing within our human soul, challenging the strength of their moral values in scenarios that provide the reward of power in commerce of for one’s devotion and honor. Macbeth, was once a warrior of Scotland, the story focuses on a man detached entirely from his loyalty –greedy to gain authority in the hollow shell that used to encompass devotion. Although desiring such an esteemed of power of entitlement, the Thane of Cawdor demanded the loyalty one receives as royalty while severing his allegiance to his ruler in the process; the murder of King Duncan. A king holding such high regards to his soon-to-be murderer, he even introduces Macbeth as the “Worthiest
Consumed with ambitious thoughts and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and seizes the throne for himself. He begins his reign racked with guilt and fear and soon becomes a tyrannical ruler, as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath swiftly propels Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to arrogance, madness, and death. There are a few themes had been portrayed by the writer. One of the major themes being portrayed by the writer is about tyranny.
The sergeant has just returned from the battle, he was fighting alongside Macbeth and praises him towards the king. This sets an image or expectation for us before we meet Macbeth that he is a brave warrior. We believe the sergeants words, as he is a witness to Macbeth’s bravery. * Further down in the scene King Duncan is convinced that Macbeth deserves the tittle and position of ‘thane of Cawdor’ after the Sergeant describes how he slew the traitorous Macdonwald, then when the sergeant leaves the thane of Ross delivers news that the traitorous thane of
Duncan appraises Macbeth by holding Lady Macbeth by the hand and saying “We love him highly and shall continue our graces toward him” (I,iv,364, 29-30) believing that Macbeth is a loyal man that has such a great heart; considering that he risked his life to save Scotland: something that the Thane of Cawdor was supposed to do. Macbeth, a dark evil soul, uses the promotion and honor of Duncan as a stepping stone to begin his destroying of Scotland. Instead of being happy with the honor that king Duncan gave him the honor of Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth gets greedy and wants more than what is granted to him, “If chance will have
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth: A Character Description By: Gavin Patton The esteemed, brave warrior and Thane of Glamis- Macbeth is the principal character in Shakespeare’s tragedy, ‘Macbeth’. He is first introduced in Act 1, Scene 2, by a fatigued soldier, subsequent to the glorious victory over the Irish and Norwegian rebels led by the traitor, Macdonald. King Duncan, the current monarch of Scotland approaches the scene of the battle with his sons Malcolm and Donaldbain seeking an aftermath report. A wounded Captain who had participated in the battle recounts their victory and proclaimed the assertive efforts of ’brave Macbeth’. The captain recalls Macbeth killing the apostate, Macdonald: ‘till he unseam’d him from the nave to th’chaps and fix’d his head upon our battlements’- Captain, (1.2.22-23).