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Cowards die many times before their death Macbeth displayed many noticeable characteristics throughout Shakespeares play Macbeth He was courageous at times and cowardly at others The most noticeable characteristic in my opinion was that Macbeth seemed very ambitious throughout the play He also seems to be a moral coward as he depends on others more than himself to make decisions All of these factors soon lead to his tragic death at the end of the play At the beginning of Shakespeares play Macbeth is described as a hero very clearly He becomes very ambitious to be king and was very loyal to the king in the opening scenes This is shown in the quote If chance will have me king why chance may crown me Without my stir His ambition to be king dissolved his good nature and morality When Duncan arrives at Inverness Macbeth controlled his ambition for the time being and thought very firmly on the plotting of Duncans murder A quote by Lady Macbeth stated My hands are of your color but I shame to wear a heart so white When Lady Macbeth called him a coward before you knew it the murder was taking place After the successful murder of Duncan Macbeth entered a life of evil Ambition was also clearly stated when he thought of killing his friend Banquo to protect the kingship The witches predictions sent Macbeth into his own world where he could not be deterred from becoming king Macbeth displays his cowardice by avoiding Lady Macbeths initial plan to murder King Duncan By overcoming his personal matters to plot the death of the king Macbeth only displays that women are manipulative and often have their way with men It was Lady Macbeth who initiated and urged Macbeth to go along with the prophecy In the scene where the murder of Duncan is taking place he also shows he is a coward when he will not complete the
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