“My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is but what is not” said the protagonist of the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare describes the life of an ambitious and manipulated general driven to murder and seize the throne of Scotland. Towards the final days of Macbeth’s life, guilt and paranoia shattered him.
He is the protagonist of the play and and fulfills the prophecy of three witches. Of his many characteristics and persona, Macbeth is most identified for being unethical,naive,and egocentric. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, unethical is defined as morally wrong and not conforming with to a high moral standard.
Macbeth repeatedly demonstrates how his wicked actions demonstrated his lack of ethics. For instance in Act 2 Scene 2 the author wrote, “(Enter Macbeth, with bloody daggers) I have done the deed. Did you hear a noise?”. His corrupted mind has driven him to commit homicide to seize a throne.
He murdered the king of Scotland and unrightfully snatched the throne. In addition, Macbeth is portrayed as a person who is naive and easily manipulated. In Act 1 Scenes 5-7, the author describes the constant influence received from Lady Macbeth as she called Macbeth a “coward” and a “woman”. Macbeth was impelled and driven to commit a crime because he is easily controlled by his wife.
After Macbeth saw an invisible dagger in Act 2 Scene , Lady Macbeth ridiculized him and controlled him to believing his lack of manhood has driven him mad. Macbeth driven both by his wife’s manipulation and influence, made wrong decision proving he was a naive person Furthermore, Macbeth’s bespeak for egocentric ways and inner thoughts. In Act 1 Scene 4 Macbeth states, “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, For in my way it lies.
Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” This quote from the ambitious and selfish general denotes his desires are ‘black’ and ‘deep’ but only to his benefit. Further into the play Macbeth murders the king of Scotland because it fulfilled his egocentric desires.
His actions proved he was only concerned with what he desired and did not pay the minimal mind to the harm he did to a whole nation. In conclusion, the author William Shakespeare writes the life a Scottish general who murdered and seized the throne of Scotland. He demonstrates how the homicide unraveled and how the actions of the protagonist affected the protagonist himself.
Eventually, the protagonist fulfills the prophecy of three witches and is murdered. Although the author described his persona and many other characteristics, Macbeth was most identified by his immoral, naive and egocentric ways.