Character Analysis of Macbeth : the transparent character.
Excluding the characters of Macbeth, the main character, and his
Wife, Lady Macbeth, the other characters appearing in the play are almost represented as flat characters. The readers understand them like simple characters that are just trivial parts aimed at helping the main plot flow. Thus this report will mention only about Macbeth, the character we completely see through from the beginning of the play.
Shakespeare characterizes Macbeth with great subtle idea yet it is easy to understand this character. He intents to allow his audiences to see through the character's mind from the start of the play in order to let us know Macbeth well. His hidden ambition is obviously shown through his conversation with people and his soliloquy. He never stops his ambition and if there is any obstacle lying in front of him, he only feels like putting it out of his way. The readers can prove the characterization of Macbeth from the first scene he appears in the play. When a witch greets him as "king hereafter", Macbeth startles and "seem to fear/ Thing that do sound so fair". This gives us a notice that Macbeth must have this kind of idea and had planned about this before. Again, after acknowledging the news of his naming Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth ponders " The two truths are told/ as happy prologues to the swelling act/ of the imperial theme." And, "if Chance will have me king, why, Chance may
crown me, / Without my stir." Macbeth's ambitious mind is seen here. Yet he still does not want to do any wicked thing by himself now. However Lady Macbeth knows her husband's weak personality well and it is mentioned in the next scene " yet I do fear thy nature: / it is too full o'the milk of human kindness/ to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great; / art not without ambition, but without/ the illness should attend it: what thou wouldst highly, / that wouldst thou holily;would