Essay about Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

1112 Words Oct 16th, 2015 5 Pages
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
A story can only be as strong and as great as its protagonist. A protagonist evolves and grows. But what is there to say about Shakespeare’s Macbeth, one of the greatest works of literary art, in which the protagonist does not evolve, yet devolves? Devolution is the reason why Macbeth is such a compelling and engaging character. Macbeth, once a strong, valiant, level headed man spirals into a vortex of distress as his character crumbles through the plot. Macbeth, a rational war hero, is physiologically distraught as he commits a series of murder in cold blood: means, which do not justify the ends of his missions. Evidence of this is his rising guilt and stark change in character. This regression is most prominently characterized by the murder of Duncan to obtain the title of King of Scotland, the annihilation of his friend, Banquo, to avoid his sons from obtaining the throne, and killing of Macduff’s family as revenge for fighting against Scotland.
When Macbeth is first introduced, he is being crowned Thane of Cawdor by King Duncan, a man whom Macbeth profoundly trusts and respects. Because of this deep regard of the King, Macbeth could not imagine committing treason of any sorts. However, Macbeth is also very ambitious. The encounter of the three witches triggers Macbeth’s ambitious nature. They appear to him with visions of his future, telling him that, “All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.52) From this point on, Macbeth…

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