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In William Shakespeares Macbeth we see the portrayal of male characteristics through the actions of the various characters in the play Macbeths manhood was influenced greatly by his fatal flaw his ambition Lady Macbeth placed many pressures on Macbeth which also challenged his manhood Duncan and Malcolm portray the ideal characteristics of a man All these characters greatly assist in Shakespeares discussion of what it is to be a man No two men are the same through various internal and external forces their characters are altered Macbeths ambition overrode his preset male characteristics Macbeth had always been a righteous man he was good and noble a model soldier When Macbeth came across three witches who foresaw his future telling him he would one day become Thane of Glamice Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland Upon hearing this Macbeths ambition began to stir He couldnt see himself becoming King of Scotland unless he took matters into his own hands literally This is how his conflict came about Macbeths sense of good feels he shouldnt murder the King Duncan but his ambition starts to override his decent male characteristics In the end Macbeths ambition won out over his original good self This caused Macbeth to spiral into a life of terror deceit and despair Even though he had become a tyrant Macbeth felt remorse for his actions throughout the play This showed that even though sinister characteristics were shown on Macbeths surface the battle between the good and bad man was always fought even till his death The pressure put on Macbeth by lady Macbeths yearning for power lead to Macbeth having inner turmoil concerning his manhood Upon hearing the prophecies made by the three witches concerning Macbeths destiny Lady Macbeth becomes extremely intrigued Saying Unsex me here she doesnt want to wait any longer she is eager for the plans to be carried out and King Duncan to be killed so her husband
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