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In the play Macbeth Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as the normal man at first Through his skills as a warrior his friendship with Banquo and his loyalty to Duncan Macbeth attempts to be the everyday man As the play develops however Macbeth becomes over ambitious and power hungry Like the book A Simple Plan where people become so involved in their own greed and self-prosper that they kill people they love Macbeth gains power through extreme desire and corruption Macbeth does not set out to possess these characteristics His simple plan for life is to be a normal man according to society characterized by power class bravery and pride The plan goes astray as his greed and immorality destroy his pursuit of normalcy Shakespeare clearly establishes that as Macbeth becomes immersed in his social goals he becomes inhuman Although Macbeth does not appear in the first two scenes of the play other characters talk about him in very descriptive terms Macbeth is seen as a very brave and extremely valiant warriorFor brave Macbeth well he deserves that name Disdaining Fortune with his brandished steel Which smoked with bloody execution Like Valours minion carved out his passage Till he faced the slave Which neer shook hands nor bade fare well to him till he unseamed him from the nave to th chaps and fixed his head upon out battlements 12 16-23 This captain talks about Macbeth as though he were a god Macbeth begins as an intrepid character who is feared by his enemies and admired by his friends This shows that society values bravery and audacity Macbeth starts as a great warrior and a loyal servant to Duncan Macbeth has served under Duncan for many years as Thane of Glamis When Duncan becomes too old to fight Macbeth takes his place in the front line He leads Duncans army into many battles and fights courageously for his
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