Greed To Fear: A Character Analysis Of Macbeth

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Greed to Fear: A Character Analysis of Macbeth Dominic Kelly Mr. Schultz English 10 May 12, 2012 Macbeth is a play about how greedy the thane of Glamis named Macbeth becomes fearful and ruthless towards his friends and family. He finds out his fate from three witches. He first learns that he will be the thane of Cawdor, next he learns that he will be crowned king of Scotland. At first he doesn't believe the witches, he asks them if they are fantastical. After he is named thane of Cawdor he believes the witches. The rest of the play is how his greed consumes him and turns to fear and he ends up killing multiple people to make sure he would not be taken over. At one point he challenges fate and asks it to fight to the death with him, fate wins and he dies. Macbeth is overcome with power and soon his greed turns to fear because of his obsession over his throne and he is left trying to defend his crown with no friends, family, or army. Macbeth is speaking with Banquo after their encounter with three future telling witches. He says that he does not care if he is king or not. It shows how not greedy he is to start out with: If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir (1.4.157-159) Macbeth seems to not care if he is king or not because he says "If", which is used to say something might or might not happen, he thinks it is possible but he will not spend his resources on trying to be king because it might be a futile attempt. He refers to his fate as "chance" which is also a way to say it might or might not happen, he talks about "chance" like it is chances choice whether it crowns him or not "chance will" it is like he believes that chance has the option to make him king or not like it has an opinion. A lot of words are used to describe the feeling of not caring. He says "crown me" on a new line, this is interesting, it may signify that he wants us to focus on him being crowned, he secretly wants to be crowned. He also puts "without my stir" on a new line maybe to emphasize the "crown me" line more. "without my stir" means that he will not care, he doesn't care if he is king or not. If he did care would they be with his stir? He would stir if he was king, maybe he really doesn't want to be king, this goes along with the rest of the book because he feels guilty about killing Banquo and the former king. When king Duncan names his son Malcolm the prince of cumberland we see Macbeths first steps of greed and evil ambition. Macbeth talks to himself saying he wants to kill somebody. He can't help but think about killing Duncan. The prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down or else o'erleap, for in my way it lies. (1.4.55-57) Macbeth starts his downward spiral into fear and overall defeat in this passage. He realizes he wants to kill Duncan the king. He says he is a "step" or in other words something that he must climb up. A "step" is a good way to describe how Macbeth used the king to get what he wanted. He does...

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