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Macbeth: Character

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Macbeth as a story and character exemplifies clear case of; Lack of control over one's ambitions leads to inevitable destruction in Macbeth. From the beginning, Macbeth is a successful character with high self-esteem and member of social group. He ranks high with honors and prospective commendations. Married to a loving wife in a secured castle home at Inverness, at the start of the play, the audience is introduced to his heroic actions in defense of the Kingdom. His interactions with nobles notwithstanding, the friendship that he casts to the audience is evident. His friend and noble man Duncan find him in high esteem expressed as fertile growth, a process of natural beauty and impulsive generosity.

However, towards the end of the play, Macbeth succumbs into loneliness. This is the beginning of Macbeths, tragedy. Due to his ambitious nature, Macbeth is not convinced by anything or anyone, as he is committed to his own free decision making. Macbeth’s ambition is driven by prophesies of the Witches "When the battles lost and won"…. "Be lion melted, proud, and take no care” and Lady Macbeth. Due to this two influences, his ambitions spills out of control. He loses close confidants and plunges into a series of murders to cover up his quilt conscious. He kills, the chaplains and soon murders Banquo.

At the end, Macbeth his ambition to be King is cut short after he is murdered in the battle. His wife, Lady Macbeth commits suicide. The lesson that comes clearly is that it is more fulfilling to achieve ones goals in a fair means than through corrupt and dishonest means. Indeed, all happenings that took place came about because of his own free making decision, fueled by natural (Lady Macbeth and supernatural (the witches) forces.

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