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MACBETH Macbeth is presented as a mature man of definitely established character successfulin certain fields of activity and enjoying an enviable reputation We must not concludethere that all his volitions and actions are predictable Macbeths character like anyother mans at a given moment is what is being made out of potentialities plusenvironment and no one not even Macbeth himself can know all his inordinate self-love whose actions are discovered to be-and no doubt have been for a long time-determined mainly by an inordinate desire for some temporal or mutable good Macbeth is actuated in his conduct mainly by an inordinate desire for worldly honorshis delight lies primarily in buying golden opinions from all sorts of people But we mustnot therefore deny him an entirely human complexity of motives For example hisfighting in Duncans service is magnificent and courageous and his evident joy init is traceable in art to the natural pleasure which accompanies the explosive expenditureof prodigious physical energy and the euphoria which follows He also rejoices nodoubt in the success which crowns his efforts in battle - and so on He may evenconceived of the proper motive which should energize back of his great deed The service and the loyalty I owe In doing it pays itselfBut while he destroys the kings enemies such motives work but dimly at best and areobscured in his consciousness by more vigorous urges In the main as we have said hisnature violently demands rewards he fights valiantly in order that he may be reported insuch terms a valours minion and Bellonas bridegroom he values success because itbrings spectacular fame and new titles and royal favor heaped upon him in public Nowso long as these mutable goods are at all commensurate with his inordinate desires - andsuch is the case up until he covets the kingship - Macbeth remains an honorablegentleman He is not a criminal he has no criminal tendencies
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