Impressions of Macbeth

                                                         Macbeth Reflection

Characters Their Description of Macbeth Do I agree / My impression so far
The Bleeding Captain ” … For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name –  Disdaining Fortune, with his brandish’d steel,..” (1.2.16-17) My impression at the beginning of the play when I read this quote, was that Macbeth is courageous, brave and will do anything without fear. Macbeth must have won a lot of battles and must be one of the best soldiers they have.Now that I have read the entire act 1 I don’t agree. Macbeth isn’t brave because he’d rather stick to what is safe than be brave and do what he desires (in this case which is killing the king to become king).
Duncan “O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman” (1.2.24)
” So well thy words became thee as thy wounds; They smack of honour both…” (1.2.43-44)
“What he hath lost,noble Macbeth hath won.” (1.2.67)
“O worthiest cousin, The sin of my ingratitude even now Was heavy on me. Thou art so far before, The swiftest wing of recompense is slow To overtake thee. Would thou hadst less deserv’d, That the proportion both of thanks and payment Might have been mine. Only I have left to say, More is thy due than more than all can pay.”(1.5.14-21)
“True, worthy Banquo, he is full so valiant, and in his commendations I am fed; It is a banquet to me. Let’s after him, Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome: It is a peerless kinsman”(1.5.54-58)
My impression when I read these quotes was that everyone loves Macbeth. Almost everyone believes he is this brave , noble , honourable guy so he must be a great man. Even the king thinks he is worthy of so much so he must have done amazing and courageous things.Now that I have read act 1 , I realize that while he may be a noble warrior on the battlefield, the fact that he is ready to betray anyone for his desires doesn’t make him so noble in my eyes any more. He shouldn’t be honoured if he will betray the king so quickly just at the thought of him becoming king himself. He is not worthy if everything he does is for his own benefit and not the kingdoms.
Ross “… The Thane of Cawdor,began a dismal conflict,Till that Bellona’s bridegroom, lapp’d in proof, Confronted him with self-comparisons,… Curbing his lavish spirit.” (1.2.53-57) Ross describes Macbeth as a great , strong warrior who in comparison is similar to the goddess of wars husband in his actions. My impression was that he must win a lot of wars and battles and be there for his men if they describe him so highly. He must fight fearlessly.I somewhat agree with this description, because Macbeth can fight wars and battle opponents without fear of the consequences, but he also is too afraid to attack a king because of the consequences.
Lady Macbeth “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promis’d; yet do I fear thy nature, It is too full o’th’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 holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win…” (1.5.14-22)
“Your face,my thane,is as a book where men May read strange matters.” (1.5.61-62)
While this was read, I imagined Macbeth as someone who is ok with what he has , and doesn’t really try to obtain more or try to achieve his goals. He is also described as a predictable person; that you can guess what they’re thinking. While reading this I saw him as more of a good person, because as Lady Macbeth says, hes to humane and nice to kill the King.I agree with this description of Macbeth, because he is too humane and he doubted himself numerous times before he agreed to kill the king, and he only agreed because of his wifes manipulation. He does settle for less, because he argued that he was ok with being thane of cawdor and that he wanted to enjoy the moment.
Macbeth “…I dare do all that may become a man;… (1.7.47) This line is from when Macbeth was arguing with Lady Macbeth , and he argues that he can not kill the king because he is a man. My impression when I read this was that Macbeth was saying that he was too loyal and manly to do something as inhumane as killing the King.I don’t agree with this because Macbeth eventually agreed to kill the king, and he said that a “man” would never do that but easily agreed to his wife arguing with him so he is not a “man”.

After reading Macbeth’s soliloquy, my opinion of him was changed. I originally believed he was loyal and brave, and during his soliloquy he proved that he’d overthrow the king for his own selfish desires without even caring about his family or his loyalty to the king. He also seemed very lazy to me, that he is not a person who is willing to take risks because of the consequences that might follow. For example, he did not want to kill the king , he wanted to just be handed the position of king. He also seems like a person who over thinks things, that even a simple statement to him will make him over think what you might have meant. For example during that whole soliloquy , he was debating about if he should kill the king, because of three sentences the witches said. He is kind of like the people who strongly believe in horoscopes because it was true that one time they read it. You could describe him as almost gullible. You can tell he really thinks things through before he goes through with his actions, because instead of making a plan straight away, he debated with himself instead.

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