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Macbeth the main character in the Shakespeare play with the same name is a very complex and interesting character Throughout the play Macbeth exposes his overwhelming thirst for power Macbeth attains this power by a eliminating those who stand in his way It is Macbeths ever growing thirst for power that exposes him as a cruel hearted individual and ultimately causes his downfall At the beginning of the play Macbeth is exposed as a coward In the open of Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth ponders the notion of killing King Duncan before being interrupted by his wife to whom he says We will proceed no further in this business He hath honored me of late and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people Which would be worn now in their newest gloss Not cast aside so soon 1 7 32-35 It is at this point in the story where Macbeth has not yet had a taste of the power in which he will soon come to love He only pursues the notion of murdering Duncan because of the pressure he was receiving from his wife As the story progresses and Macbeth has attained the throne his hunger for power grows whilst his compassion for others ultimately disappears Macbeth becomes more fearful of others around him and the possibility of relinquishing the throne In Act III in the conversation between Macbeth and the Macbeth says So is he Banquo mine and in such bloody distance That every minute of his being thrusts Against my nearst of life And though I could With barefaced power sweep him from my sight And bid my will avouch it yet I must not For certain friends that are both his and mine Whose loves I may not drop but wail his fall 3 1 119-129 It is at this point ion the play where Macbeth starts to
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