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Macbeth Macbeth is presented as a mature man of definitelyestablished character successful in certain fields ofactivity and enjoying an enviable reputation We must notconclude there that all his volitions and actions arepredictable Macbeths character like any other mans at agiven moment is what is being made out of potentialitiesplus environment and no one not even Macbeth himself canknow all his inordinate self-love whose actions arediscovered to be-and no doubt have been for a long time-determined mainly by an inordinate desire for some temporalor mutable good Macbeth is actuated in his conduct mainly by aninordinate desire for worldly honors his delight liesprimarily in buying golden opinions from all sorts of people But we must not therefore deny him an entirely humancomplexity of motives For example his fighting in Duncansservice is magnificent and courageous and his evident joy init is traceable in art to the natural pleasure whichaccompanies the explosive expenditure of prodigious physicalenergy and the euphoria which follows He also rejoices nodoubt in the success which crowns his efforts in battle - andso on He may even conceived of the proper motive whichshould energize back of his great deed The service and the loyalty I owe In doing it pays itself But while he destroys the kings enemies such motives workbut dimly at best and are obscured in his consciousness bymore vigorous urges In the main as we have said his natureviolently demands rewards he fights valiantly in order thathe may be reported in such terms a valours minion andBellonas bridegroom he values success because it bringsspectacular fame and new titles and royal favor heaped uponhim in public Now so long as these mutable goods are at allcommensurate with his inordinate desires - and such is thecase up until he covets the kingship - Macbeth remains anhonorable gentleman He is not a criminal he has no criminaltendencies But once permit his self-love to demand asatisfaction which cannot be
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