Macbeth: An Overview

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Macbeth: An Overview

Macbeth: An Overview


Macbeth is presented as a mature man enjoying an enviable reputation.
throughout this Shakespearean play, however, Macbeth's emotions change
drastically. His abilities in battle are stupendous, yet his abilities as a
husband and King are on the contrary. His overvaulting ambitions overcome his
morality, and lead him to do the evil deeds that he commits during his reign.
Macbeth's prophecies begin with his encounter with the three evil women,
the witches. They put the thought into his mind that if he were to kill Duncan,
he himself may become king. When Lady Macbeth found out about this, she liked
the idea of becoming a queen. She uses many techniques throughout the first act
to convince him to execute the King, including questioning his manhood. He
appears to be a very strong individual before all of this occurred, being very
stable mentally and being a hero in the eyes of his countrymen on the
battlefield. All of this changes as the play progresses.
The angel on one of his shoulders is telling him how kind this male
ruler has been to him and the country of Scotland. The little greedy devil on
his other shoulder that wants to be King finally overcomes the angel. His
mind finally warrants him the justification to kill King Duncan. He has deep
regret for what he has done shortly thereafter. The murder of the King is the
first to slowly break down his now fragile emotional state. He feels that after
murdering th...