Macbeth Analysis

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Macbeth Analysis Macbeth, the shortest tragedy in William Shakespeare's collection, is a brilliantly written play. In Macbeth's early years, he was a loyal Thane of Glamis. A visit to the three witches prove to be a turning point in his life. They each tell the next point in his life, first the Thane of Glamis, then the Thane of Cawdor, and finally "Hail King Macbeth." This strikes him with interest, but his good friend Banquo looks on the situation with doubt. Macbeth quickly makes the best of this opportunity. King Duncan is slain by Lady Macbeth and himself, and the two accused guards. Now that he is king, Macbeth vows to move on and live a noble life. His intentions are soon diminished as he finds his friend Banquo as an obstacle. Banquo is killed, but his son Fleance luckily escapes. After many years of a prosperous kingdom, Macbeth's reign begins to fall. His loyal people begin to revolt against him and loose all respect for him. The final showdown between Macbeth and Macduff proves to be the end for Macbeth, he is killed and Malcolm is named king. Macbeth was always a noble, loyal man. The thought that he could actually be king enthralled his whole thoughts and dreams. The two major factors into his eventual insanity are the witches and his wife. Before Macbeth met the witches, he lived a happy life, noble and true. After the meeting occurred, his mind started to drift towards the thought of murder. With Duncan coming to stay in his castle, it seemed to be a perfect time to perform this duty. But Macbeth's mind came back to reality once again. If it wasn't for the second factor into his eventual insanity, his wife, he would have never gone through with it. Once she challenged his "manhood", he almost insisted that Duncan be murdered. From the moment Duncan is murdered, you can see how Macbeth slowly sinks into insanity. Just by him killing the guards, and then his speech afterwards, you could tell just how paranoid he actually was. From that moment on, he never thought twice about his next murder. Even his best friend Banquo was killed just because he suspected Macbeth of the wrongdoings. Murder after murder, his insanity grew, he was looking for someone to kill by that point. It got so bad that even after his own wife jumped out of the castle and died, he paid no attention to it. The actor played a very good Macbeth, he showed each and every emotion just how it was written. You can see how his mind is wondering, how his paranoia is present in each reaction. The actor also showed good anger once he is king, and he wants things done his way. Lady Macbeth was born to be a man. Since god did not give her this gift, her thoughts and ideas are seen through Macbeth. When the idea if murdering Duncan comes to mind, she jumps all over the chance....

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