‘’In nature is tyranny’’
Is a man born a tyrant or is a man shaped one by the events during his life?
According to Malcolm ‘‘king becoming graces’’ are ‘’justice, verity, temperance, stableness, bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, devotion, patience, courage, fortitude.’’
A person who has none of those, would therefore not be a good king, a tyrant even.
When comparing Macbeth to those graces, one must come to the conclusion that Macbeth has almost one of them and certainly not in the way Malcolm must have meant.
At the beginning of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a courageous warrior through the eyes of the wounded captain, as he says ’brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name’’ .
It can therefore be said that Macbeth does have courage on the battlefield. However, that does not help him with political intrigue. Courage could also refer to outside the battlefield, for example decision-making. There he lacks the courage meant by Malcolm.
The view of Macbeth as brave warrior changes, when Macbeth hears the prophecy of the witches. It is made clear that Macbeth is above all an ambitious man, completely consumed by those ambitions, particularly to power and advancement.
The same scene also shows his tendency to doubting himself, making him look like a man with a weak character.
The idea of becoming king of Scotland brings him great joy, but also causes him great worry and doubt about how to go at it.
He eventually is manipulated into committing the crime by his wife, Lady Macbeth, who talks about his manhood and accuses him of lacking manliness. That Macbeth could be manipulated into committing murder by such accusations further establishes his weak character.
After the crime, Macbeth is indeed crowned king, allowing his tyrannical nature to develop into a real tyrant.
His ambition drives him to commit awful deeds. However, Macbeth does have a conscience, which is not strong enough to keep him from committing those deeds, but also will not allow him to be happy with the results, him being a murderer and tyrant, thus being a tragic contradiction in his nature.
At one point he even realizes himself that the only reason to kill king Duncan, would be his own ‘’vaulting ambition’’ , realizing it is wrong, but doing it nonetheless.
The combination of those two characteristics, self-doubt and ambition and the lack of more ‘‘king becoming graces’’ is what causes Macbeth to have a...