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The Behaivor Of Male Characters In Macbeth

830 words - 3 pages

In Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, the male characters, Macbeth, Macduff, and Banquo, each revealed their similar and differential behaviors toward each other in the duration of the play. Macbeth’s lust for power, Macduff’s willingness and determination, and Banquo’s honesty and motivation were all key factors for this. This play opens up in Scotland where the King of Scotland, Duncan, receives news about Macbeth’s bravery in defeating MacDonawald. At the same time, the Thane of Cawdor is arrested, so, Duncan decides to give this title to Macbeth. Macbeth, and his friend, Banquo are walking back home from the battle when three mysterious witches come upon on them and give each of them prophecies. They said that Macbeth shall be the Thane of Glamis and Cawdor and he will be King. They tell Banquo that his sons shall be King. Then, two noblemen, Ross and Angus come to tell Macbeth that he has been given the title of the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth, from this point on tries to twist and turn his fate to fulfill these prophecies, and very soon his lust for power turns him against all of his family and friends.
Macbeth, the protagonist of the story, was sort of similar, yet very different than the other male characters in Macbeth. Macbeth, unlike Macduff and Banquo, transitioned his attitude and emotions throughout the play. In the beginning, Macbeth was a kind and cautious person, not seeking for anything, and not having any desire for power. This was hinted when Macbeth had second thoughts of murdering Duncan. Macbeth: “We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored me of late, and I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people, which would be worn now in their newest gloss, not cast aside so soon” (Act I, sc. 7, lines 34-38). However, nearing the end of the play he showed no emotions because they were densely covered with the lust for power. This can be seen when his wife, Lady Macbeth dies, and he doesn’t care at all about it and just says it would happen later anyway. Macbeth: “She should have died hereafter. There would have been a time for such a word” (Act V, sc. 5, lines 20-21). Macbeth wasn’t very similar to Macduff and Banquo, however a similarity between Macbeth and Macduff and Banquo is that they were all Scottish Generals of their army, also having all the same beliefs, until, that is, as the story progressed.
Macduff, like said above, used to be similar to Macbeth. However as...

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