The Tragic Character In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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The play Macbeth casts an iconic and strong main character named Macbeth, but it is to contrary believe that our tragic hero is very much influenced by the many people that surround him. Despite his name being the title, the various characters within the play have just as powerful and important roles as the lead. This story dramatizes the effects of power and greed to fulfill a man’s ambitions as well as the physiological effect of the many influences that surround a person. Within this bloody and dark play, one may identify that the most influential characters to Macbeth are his dear wife, battle-hardened co-commander of the Scottish army and the devilish weird sisters. In the very beginning both commanders of the Scottish army, Macbeth and …show more content…
Originally, the murder of King Duncan was not going to take until Lady Macbeth persuades her husband into performing this terrible deed. This seduction is done through only one conversation in which she threatens, “…I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out had I so sworn as you have done to this”. With a quick pathetic agreement of Macbeth, it shows how he acts only as a pawn that is easily controlled through, in this example, his wife. As parallel to the male/female role stereotypes of the time this play was written, Lady Macbeth exploited this to “blackmail” her husband. The short line by Lady Macbeth, “When you durst do it, then you were a man, and, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man” (1.7. 44-46), reverses the stereotypes of male/female roles and angers the Thane of Glamis to the point where he wants to show that he is a man and not afraid of murdering the King; displaying how he was able to secretly be controlled by his wife. Along with the notation of the weird sisters influencing Macbeth, his wife is the final administrator to the fateful act [of murder] implemented by the

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