In this essay I am going to discuss the character of Macbeth, from the
famous Shakespearian play of the same name. I shall show the themes of the
play, the effects of character and action and Shakespeare's use of language
and linguistic devices.
In scene two we learn that Macbeth is a brave soldier as he is said to be
'brave Macbeth' by his captain in the army, a 'worthy gentleman' by the
king and also 'noble'. In the battle against Norway he does well and is
rewarded by Duncan, the king.
We have a different view of him in the next scene when Macbeth meets the
witches on the heath and they predict what will happen to him. He shows
great interest in the witches. He is gullible when the witches' first prediction
comes true. Banquo is there too, but has not taken the advice of the witches
showing he does not believe in them.
We find that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a close relationship and that
she knows him well. The scene starts off with Lady Macbeth reading a letter
from her husband explaining what the witches said and that he has been
hailed 'Thane of Cawdor'. He writes 'This have I thought good to deliver
thee (my dearest partner of greatness....)'. This may be due to him thinking
of murder twice in the previous scenes. Lady Macbeth sees her husband's
nature is too considerate, too "full o th milk of human kindness" and is
determined to persuade him to do whatever it takes to become king.
We learn more about Macbeth when he talks about his doubts and reasons
for not killing the king. He thinks that killing the king would be wrong and he
is only thinking of it because he is very...