Who do you find to be the most complex/interesting character in Macbeth? Why?
Who is your favorite character in Macbeth and why? Who is your least favorite and why?
Who would make the best friend? Spouce? Parent? Politician? Teacher? Leader? and why?
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My least favorite character is Macbeth himself. I dislike him because he seems to be, at the same time, both weak willed and also cruel. He is too weak to really be assertive but he is cruel enough to kill people who get in his way. Not a likeable man.
The most complex character for me would be Lady Macbeth. We never really establish her identity and motivation for pushing her husband so far. I like the porter for his wise observations on the effects of alcohol, and I dislike Macbeth himself for his murderous tendencies.
I would agree that Lady Macbeth is a very complex character. Given that readers do not see her fully developed, she would get my vote for complex.
On another note, one of the minor characters whom I have always enjoyed is the Porter. His ironic sense of humor and the use of his character for comic relief is wonderful. It is always great seeing how different people portray this character in live productions. (My favorite is the porter in the PBS production of Macbeth.)
Duncan is an admirable and appealing character, which makes his murder by Macbeth all the more heinous an act. If Duncan were a tyrant or had some other unattractive traits, it might be easier to understand Macbeth's decision to kill him. However, the fact that Duncan is a good and respected king only makes Macbeth's decision all the more tragic.
Macbeth himself is my favorite character. He represents the pitfalls of lacking integrity. The impetus for Macbeth's demise is not necessarily found in Macbeth's mind, but in his willingness to be ruled.
This is ironic, of course, because his ambition is to become a ruler. Yet, his wife persuades him to act and to betray his leader and his friend. His actions are certainly morally reprehensible and he deserves what he gets, but he was only going along.
Macbeth, then, stands for the evil of not standing up for what is right. The fact that he does not generate the ideas for his actions makes his moral standing complex and interesting. He is the man caught in the middle who has betrayed himself, his friends, and his country - not because he wanted to, but because he didn't not want to.
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