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The story of Macbeth can be broken down into three separate identities individual identity dual identity and social identity Individual identity is Macbeth independently thinking he knows himself Dual identity is Macbeth and his love interest Lady Macbeth being united and acting as one during the play Social identity is social groups--the three witches and Macbeth--being joined as one with each other and then divided at the end of the play The first identity in Macbeth is Macbeths individual identity In the beginning of the play when the witches meet Macbeth and prophesize he will become Thane of Cawdor and King he believes he knows himself After the witches prophecy Macbeth becomes very pompous and arrogant Later when he arranges Banquos murder and Banquos son Fleance escapes Macbeth becomes unsure of his own future because the witches also prophesized Thou shalt get kings though thou be none 1365 This means that Banquo will be the father to a line of kings Macbeth orders Banquo and his son Fleance to be killed but Fleance escapes When Macbeth sees the witches again they warn him to beware of Macduff and that no man born of woman can defeat him They also show him a vision of Banquos ghost with eight kings which makes Macbeth nervous again Now I see tis true for the blood-bolterd Banquo smiles upon me and points at them for his 41121-123 When Macbeth orders Macduffs family to be murdered Macduff joins the English army and kills Macbeth ending Macbeths life and his identity The second identity in Macbeth is the dual identity between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth They are one with each other in the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is the brains and the will while Macbeth is greedy and arrogant They draw from each others strengths They also work in harmony while they plot and execute the murder of Duncan including moving the evidence to make it appear
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