The Character of Macbeth

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    • Ambitious
      • When the Macbeths plan Duncan's murder, Macbeth thinks his ambition is too big as he says "Vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself and falls on th'other"
      • Macbeth is desperate and has the ambition to become king which is shown by  "The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down or o'er leap"
    • Contolled by others
      • Macbeth agrees to the plan of killing Duncan which shows that he is easily manipulated by his wife
      • Before Macbeth meets the witches, he says "So foul and fair a day I have not seen" which suggests his life is being controlled by the witches
    • Evil
      • When Duncan announces Malcolm as Prince of Cumberland, Macbeth says "Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires" which shows his evil intentions as he speaks like the Witches
    • Mentally ill
      • Macbeth sees hallucinations of a dagger which suggests that he is mentally ill as he says "Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?"
      • After killing Duncan, Macbeth says "Methought I heard a voice cry, 'Sleep no more, Macbeth has murdered sleep'" which suggests there is a lot going on in his head, due to his guilt
      • Macbeth says, "O, full of scorpions is my mind" which shows how his ambition to become king has resulted in mental illness
    • Guilty
      • Macbeth feels guilty immediately after killing Duncan as he says "This is a sorry sight" and "To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself"
      • Macbeth regrets killing Duncan when he says "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" which emphasises his sin and shows the extent of his guilt
    • Weak
      • Macbeth is presented to be weak when he sees Banquo's ghost and says "Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves shall never tremble again" and "Never shake thy gory locks at me"

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