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The Protagonist Macbeth Macbeth is a classic tragic figure brought to ruin by his own greed guilt and fear Shakespeare intensifies Macbeths tragic nature by showing him to be a valiant hero in the beginning of the play He is a courageous warrior and one of King Duncans best generals In the second scene of the play Macbeth has just won his most important battle and saved Scotland from the Norwegian King To honor his bravery King Duncan gives Macbeth the title of Thane of Cawdor This is one of the first steps to Macbeths undoing for he longs to be more than just a thane His innate greed is first inflamed by three wicked witches who prophesy to Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland When the first prophecy comes to pass Macbeth immediately begins to long for greater power He realizes that in order to seize the throne from the king he will have to murder him Being a basically kind man he is horrified at his own thoughts and decides murder is beyond his capability He decides to let fate take its course and if he is meant to be king it will happen But the seed of greed has been planted and Macbeth is a rash man In the fifth scene of the play another side of the early Macbeth is developed He is shown to be a loving husband who values his wife and calls her his dearest partner in greatness sharing what he is with her They are obviously close for he immediately writes a letter to Lady Macbeth and tells her about the prophecies of the three witches for he wants to please her and give information about what greatness is promised thee It
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