Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

1053 Words Oct 16th, 2015 5 Pages
All plays require a strong lead character to maintain the attention and good favour of the audience. Character development is an important part of refining any character in a play. In the play, Macbeth, after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth starts to show perhaps the most remarkable exhibition of the development of character found in Shakespearian tragedies. The causes for Macbeth’s progressive deterioration of character are Macbeth’s vaulting ambition, excessive guilt, and his all-consuming overconfidence.
The first of Macbeth 's characteristics contributing to his deterioration is his vaulting ambition. The first instance in which Macbeth displays this quality begins with the murder of Duncan in order to become king, as prophesied by the three witches.
For them the gracious Duncan have I murder 'd;
Put rancours in the vessel of my peace
Only for them; and mine eternal jewel
Given to the common enemy of man. (3.1.70-74)
The new title, thane of Cawdor, was not enough for Macbeth. In order to reach the highest level of power attainable, Macbeth murders a highly respected man in his life:
Here in double trust:
First as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed: then as his host,
Who should against his murderer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself." (1.7.12-16)
In addition, Macbeth 's ambition takes hold when he orders the death of both Banquo and Fleance in order to keep Banquo’s lineage from becoming future kings. Macbeth tricks and bribes two…

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