Macbeth:a character sketch

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Macbeth is a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophesies of three witches. Macbeth is a brave soldier, but he is not a virtuous man. This is evident after he receives his final prophecy, that he will become King of Cawdor. These prophesies lead Macbeth into a destructive path which ultimately destroys who he is. Macbeth has three predominant attributes throughout the play, which further him in this destructive path. These three attributes- bravery, ambition, and self doubt struggle for power over Macbeth throughout the play.

The initial impression of Macbeth is made after the wounded Captains account of his valour on the battlefield: " For Brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name), Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valour's minion, carved out his passage ¦  (Act 1, Scene 2 PG 9). This account highlights Macbeth

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