The Roles Of Characters In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Background

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon, England in 1564. He was the son of a glove maker but after unfortunate events his father was prosecuted and no longer successful. Historians who study the behavior and lifestyle of Shakespeare believe that what people think to be a man who acted and wrote may have actually been two different men. Regardless, the play Macbeth was written by a William Shakespeare and still reigns today was one of the best plays for high school students to relate and comprehend by the well-known playwright. Macbeth is a gory, thriller with themes of guilt, anger, jealousy and betrayal that students can’t help but get wrapped up in.

Characters

Macbeth
Macbeth is, of course, the main character in the play
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Often times in that era women simply followed suit to what the man said or did. We see a different attitude in Lady Macbeth. While Macbeth has a conscious of his own Lady Macbeth pushes and manipulates him into certain decisions and thought processes. Between the two of them readers will come to find that Lady Macbeth holds a more masculine attitude than her timid husband. Like in Act II when she is persuading Macbeth and says “We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we’ll not fail. When Duncan is asleep his two chamberlains will I with wine and …show more content…
Macduff’s family is murdered. Commentary “Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
The witches say this throughout all of Act IV. I like it because it represents Macbeth returning to the weird sisters again in fear that he may have changed or messed up the prophecies. It reminds us that Macbeth isn’t as tough as he shows.

Act V:
Summary
Macbeth is being invaded by Macduff. Lady Macbeth kills herself. Macbeth fights macduff and discovers he was born of a c section not a natural birth. He had previously walked away from his one chance to kill Macduff and is then beheaded.

Commentary: “Either thou, Macbeth,
Or else my sword, with an unbattered edge,
I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be;
By this great clatter, one of greatest note

Seems bruited. Let me find him, Fortune,
And more I beg not.”

I love this quote by Macduff because it shows that he is a true leader. He is coming after Macbeth to avenge his family, not to take Macbeth’s crown. If he should get it anyway, so be it. But there are more important things than being

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