My Macbeth Speech

Good morning/afternoon, today Im going to talk about the Shakespearean play called Macbeth. Im going to go in depth into the character of Macbeth. I will also talk about who he was and have my own opinion to Shakespeares portrayal of Macbeth. But first I will talk about what the play is about.

Macbeth is a play about a Scottish nobleman called Macbeth. It is set in the middle ages and is about the aftermath of a regicide. Macbeth is an ambitious man who like everyone else, wants to become king. Macbeth is a noble character as he is a brave soldier stated by the captain in Act 1 Scene 2 lines 9-44 where the wounded captain tells the king, King Duncan, of Macbeths bravery in battle. He says, Brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name. His actions are very noble at the start of the play by showing his loyalty and willingness to fight for his country and king.

The flaw in Macbeths character is his ambition. When the witches tell Macbeth of his future as king in Act 1 Scene 3 lines 45-76, he starts thinking about the murder of King Duncan after Angus and Ross tell Macbeth that the king gave him the title of Thane of Cawdor. When he tells his even more ambitious wife the news about the witches, she starts plotting King Duncans death as well. This is important in the play, as she is so much more ambitious, that when Macbeth said, Prithee, peace. I dare do all that may become a man; who dares do more is none in Act 1 Scene 7 lines 45-47, his wife persuades him to murder the king by using his ambition against him.

Macbeths downfall in the play is due to the fact that he took the witchs prophecy too seriously and ended up dieing because of this. After the witchs prophecy, he seems to try to attack an army of ten thousand troops all by himself in Act 5 Scene 3 line 1 where Macbeth says bring me no more reports, let them all fly. This is referring to his troops deserting him. His victory in his last battle depends on the witchs prophecy that he wont fall unless Birnam Woods goes to Dunsinane Hill and that no man born of women shall harm him. These are the prophecies he is relying on to win the battle. He falls, as trees from Birnam Woods start moving up the hill and Macduff, the person Macbeth should fear was not born of a women but was a caesarean, which means he was cut out of his mother before birth.

Shakespeares portrayal of Macbeth is one of a great change. The audience sees this kind and noble character change into an evil and Hitler like tyrant who murders and spies because he cant trust anyone. In the end of the play, he doesnt even care about his wife, even though she died in Act 5 Scene 5 lines 16-18 where Macbeth says She should have died hereafter. This shows that while he was the king of Scotland, he was interested too much in the witchs predictions and prophecies that he neglected his wife and didnt even tell her his plans for murdering Banquo and his son, Fleance in Act 3 Scene 2 lines 38-58 where Macbeth says Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, till thou applaud the deed. This tells the audience that he doesnt trust his wife any more. It also tells the audience that their relationship is diminishing.

In my opinion, Shakespeare portrayed Macbeth differently throughout the whole play. He portrayed him as an ambitious, kind, brave and noble man at the start of the play and changed him into an evil, murdering, tyrant at the end of the play. He changed him into an absent minded character who is too busy making plans for the future, that he is not bothering to notice what is happening around him. In my opinion, he was noble at the start of the play, but his flaw in character, his ambition, took over him. I think that his flaw in character made it so that all the Thanes of Scotland betrayed and deserted him. He murdered and spied on all the other Thanes of Scotland because he was looking into the future where he couldnt be over thrown and where his children would rule as king as he wanted to father a line of kings. That is why all the Thanes of Scotland betrayed him and deserted him. So I think that Shakespeare portrayed Macbeth as a lunatic that deserved to die.

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