macbeth character analysis

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  • macbeth - character summary
    • brave warrior and leader at the start
      • "Till he faced the slave, Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, / Till he unseamed him from the nave to th'chaps, / And fixed his head upon our battlements"
    • falls victim to the Witches' predictions
      • "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!"
    • having committed murder he finds himself caught in a spiral of evil from which he can see no escape
      • “I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er,”
    • his actions become less heroic and more cowardly as he continues to murder
      • "Avaunt, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee!"
    • towards the end of the play, when he realises that he is doomed, he briefly returns to his old heroic self.
      • "Of all else men i have avoided thee."

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