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Macbeth and his wife cannot be easily characterized as villains In Act One Macbeths eagerness to share the good news of what is to come with his wife is evident They are a devoted team He calls her his dearest partner of greatness He truly loves her and appreciates all she has done for him In the beginning of the play Macbeth is a brave and courageous man He is one of Duncans most glorious generals and has extraordinary courage After the witches first approach him and tell him about the future and he wonders if he must take fate into his own hands by killing Duncan he is terrified Afterward though he fears to accept the real and the supernatural consequences of his actions Because Shakespeare focused so much on Macbeths courage in the beginning of the play Macbeths panic and psychological anguish seems exaggerated later Lady Macbeth is certainly aware that her husband has a reputation of a fearless solider and she uses dazzling psychology to coax her husband into killing Duncan she dares him to do all that may become a man Macbeth afraid of being called a coward goes along with Lady Macbeths plan In Act Two Macbeth doesnt immediately kill Duncan though he battles with his inner instincts that chance may crown him king Macbeth is also a gentle man Before killing Duncan Macbeth cites Duncans great qualities He knows that if her were to murder Duncan then someone in turn would try to murder him After Macbeth has killed Duncan he tries to avoid killing anyone else Throughout the play Macbeth tries to avoid killing Macduff In Act Four Scene One Macbeth seems reassured by the Second Apparition saying Then live Macduff what need I fear of thee Later he says of Macduff in Act Five Scene Eight of all men else I have avoided thee He has tried to spare Macduffs life Macbeth also has a
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