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A struggle is present in every tragedy as a person tries to overcome their flaws and fit the mold of their ideal William Shakespeare plainly defined a good man in the play Macbeth This goal by its definition is a difficult one for any man to achieve Prudence and logic temperance and patients as well as the vindication of honor are Shakespeares defining characteristics of a good man As with any well written tragedy Macbeths title character and hero had to fall from his place of greatness to see his faults and begin his agonizing climb back to his previous position His position that of a good man was one that demanded respect in the beginning of Macbeth The Sergeant described Macbeths honor and bravery to king Duncan in act I scene 2 For brave Macbethwell he deserves that name Disdaining fortune with his brandishd steel Which smoked with bloody execution Like valours minion carved out his passage Till he faced the slave Macbeth defended his kings honor as well as his own as Shakespeare showed a good man never backed down from a foe In the later acts of the play Shakespeare furthered the definition of a good man by portraying what a bad one was not In Macbeths darkest hours he showed no sign of prudence and logic as he slayed king Duncan and hired assassins to murder his friend Banquo Macbeth displayed his temerity in act IV scene 1 saying from this moment The very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand And even now to crown my thoughts with acts be it thought and done Macbeth was no longer the logical thinking man whom many admired He had become reckless acting with only his passion and not his mind The tragedy of the murders he brought on fair Scotland was a direct result of this violation of the
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