Character of Macbeth

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  • Character of Macbeth
    • Admirable
      • Respected by superiors and peers
        • "Brave Macbeth""O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman!"
      • Loyal to Duncan
        • I am his kinsman and his subject
      • He does not want to become King by foul means
        • "If chance will have me King, why chance may crown me without my stir"
    • Downfall
      • Paranoia
        • Dagger speech (first sign of insanity)
      • Murders Duncan - shows he is willing to act on his ambition
        • Murders Guards - shows how detached he is from taking away peoples' lives
      • The murder of Banquo shows how he isn't just acting on Lady Macbeth's orders and is willing to murder for his ambition on his own. He is now independent
        • The fact that he hires murderers shows his downfall from the great man he was as he is now associating with lower characters
          • His regret and remorse is shown as he sees Banquo's ghost however this is also his paranoia of being found out. This is another sign of insanity
    • Rock Bottom
      • There is no turning back. He has gone too far. It is irreversible.
        • "I am in blood / Stepped in so far, that should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o'er"
    • Redeemed
      • Refuses to give in and will fight till his death showing  the brave soldier he once was
        • "I'll fight till from my bones my flesh be hacked" "I will not yield"
      • Realisation
        • Begins to realise that he is all alone
          • His conscience is still there


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