“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
The King announced “...For brave Macbeth…well he deserves that name…his brandished steel smoked with bloody execution.” This metaphor hints that Macbeth is a brave, heroic, merciless fighter; it also tells us that he has gained a good reputation, as he is receiving praise from the King. This ‘fame’ along with Lady Macbeth’s encouragement, brewed some cunning evil plans in his head. He wanted to kill King Duncan and frame the chamber guards for his murder, and ultimately, the kings very own sons, Malcolm and Donalbain. He did this so he could become even more powerful, and gain the title ‘King Macbeth.’ After Macbeth ‘takes the plunge’ and murders King Duncan, he is in a deep state of shock. He says “why do I yield to that suggestion, whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs.” He is revolted by his actions, and still can’t believe what he has done.
Macbeth’s initial character portrayed him to be a man of nobility by being a military hero. However, due to the weird sister’s prophesies, Lady Macbeth’s manipulation and influences and man’s own ambition, Macbeth was led astray and under goes a change into a murderous tyrant. In the opening scenes of Macbeth, Macbeth is reported brave as he fought to defend Duncan against a rebellion. Macbeth’s loyalty and nobility is shown in the quote ‘which smok’d with bloody excetution’. This description describes Macebth’s sword killing the rebel MacDonald.
Also, he fought for the revenge for his wife that they killed to get to him. William Wallace is brave, courageous and loyal to the most heroic. Gilgamesh was just watching his friend getting beaten by Humbaba. Gilgamesh is a coward and scared. He almost took the monster bibe before he chopped off his head.
In act I scene 2 a captain describes how Macbeth killed McDonald in battle. McDonald is a traitor and this further elevates his stature amongst the king and his followers. "Captain: ... but alls too weak, for brave Macbeth where he deserves that name-" In hearing Macbeth had been described in such praise worthy terms, Shakespeare drives the audience to view the lead character with the highest regard. Macbeth comes across as an honest, obedient and most loyal servant to the king. Shakespeare wrote in approval of those who supported the Monarch.
He is a devoted husband to his ‘dearest partner of greatness’. 7. However, in Act 1 Scene 7, having been persuaded by Lady Macbeth, Macbeth decides to murder the King. At this point his character changes, he is driven to commit further murders by his need to protect himself from the consequences of his actions. He becomes ruthless, tyrannical deceitful and dishonourable.
In the play Macbeth ambition is what causes a once strong, noble, valiant, heroic warrior to debilitate his good-natured self and throw his morals away. It is ambition that causes Macbeth to kill many people who were once close to him and ultimately lead to his downfall. Before the meeting with the witches he was a very loyal man, to his wife, his king, his friends, and his country. Macbeth was seen as a brave and loyal man by all of his peers, including the king. He was willing to risk everything he had to protect Scotland, and because of it he overthrew the corrupted Thane of Cawdor.
Macbeth had a lot going for him by becoming thane of Cawdor, but he ruins his chance of being a noble character by killing for the crown. By needing no pity Macbeth is proved to be a tragic hero. In addition Macbeth is considered to be a tragic hero by realizing his fate and that his unfaithful relations to the king catch up to him. All through the play Macbeth has been pretty lucky first by his plans of murdering the king played out to his terms and that he has been told by prophecy
By the time he became king, he was so paranoid about the people around him that he could not even enjoy being the king. Banquo is Macbeth’s right hand man and he too was there when the three witches prophesied that Macbeth would be king. They told him that although he would not be king, his son would start a long line of rulers. Macbeth kills Banquo because he is nervous that he will tell the others about him becoming king. In the end, the sons of the old king and Macduff, enemy of Macbeth, join forces to defeat Macbeth and take the throne.
The theme of blood is shown throughout the play and it is a problem that Macbeth finds harder and harder to rid himself of after each killing. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is an esteemed member of the army, probably the greatest fighter in all of Scotland. A rebellious tribe led by MacDonwald was defeating the Scots, until Macbeth �single-handedly� defeated the rebels and �unseamed him (MacDonwald) from the nave to th� chops� (Shakespeare 279). This battle gave Macbeth great respect among his peers and even the king himself. Macbeth�s savagery at this point in the play was less than at any other time.