Different Perspectives of Macbeth [Act 1]- in "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare

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A person's reputation is how others see him and his feelings towards that person. Character is all the qualities such as feelings, thoughts, written, and verbal expressions a person portrays. Both reputation and character describe a person but from different perspectives. There are many perspectives of Macbeth, for he is a complex character. He is praised as a brave and valiant man by the sergeant and King Duncan. Then Macbeth is considered a weak man by his own wife, Lady Macbeth. At last, through Macbeth himself, the audience can see his hesitance between good and evil as he tries to fight his conscience.

In Act I, scene ii, shows the first perspective of Macbeth by the wounded sergeant and King Duncan. During this scene, a battle is taking place in which Macbeth is fighting in. The wounded sergeant is brought to the king to tell the recent news of the battle.

Here, the sergeant says: "Brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name..." (I,ii,18). The sergeant says, "As sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion..."(I,ii,35). In this line, Macbeth is compared to these animals because of his bravery and victory during the war. The sergeant also states that Macbeth "double redoubled" his energy during the battle. Here the sergeant is exaggerating a little by saying Macbeth quadrupled his energy, suggesting the great awe this sergeant has towards Macbeth. Hearing this impressive report, Duncan praises Macbeth by saying, "O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!"(I,ii,24). Later on, Duncan says, "What [the traitor] hath lost noble Macbeth hath won."(I,ii,70). Duncan is so impressed by Macbeth's worthy efforts, that he decides to takes the title, Thane of Cawdor, away from the traitor and presents it to Macbeth. Although, these two characters show great admiration towards Macbeth, Lady Macbeth uses some strong verbal...