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The character of Macbeth

Before the murder (Act 1, Scene 7)

Did Macbeth really want to kill Duncan?

Look at these pieces of evidence to show that Macbeth was acting of his own free will.

  • His excuses show that he does still really want the crown. He says he is enjoying thefeeling of being famous and powerful.
  • Lady Macbeth's persuasion quickly works on him. It does not take him long to submit to Lady Macbeth's taunts, even though they are so harsh.
  • By the end, he has taken over the planning himself. He temporarily loses his doubt and fear.


Scene from Macbeth.

Class Clips

An actor talks about what goes on in Macbeth's head


Scene from Macbeth.

Class Clips

Video clip - different ways of interpreting Macbeth

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