However, he is caught in a spiral of evil and does not seem able to stop himself. His actions become less heroic and more cowardly as he continues to murder and terrorise others in order to hold on to his power. Macbeth is at his most human and sympathetic when his manliness is mocked and demeaned by his wife see in particular Act I, Scene 7.
So he grasps the real dagger which he is carrying 'this which now I draw' as his troubled mind begins to fill with images of evil and thoughts of death. He is clearly a brave warrior and leader at the start of the drama but he falls victim to the Witches' predictions.
In a series of soliloquies he repeatedly questions himself about his motives for killing the King but is eventually persuaded to continue by his forceful wife. The essay below is one such example of his improved writing.
She has just received the news that King Duncan will be spending the night at her castle. Let the earth hide thee! His ambition now begins to spur him toward further terrible deeds, and he starts to disregard and even to challenge Fate and Fortune.
What follows is 1 the question from a mock GCSE exam, 2 his essay, and 3 my highlighted breakdown of his essay into its essential ingredients. Act 1 Scene 4 Macbeth is clearly worried by the strength of his own ambition which he refers to as black and deep desires.
However, by Act III, Scene 2, Macbeth has resolved himself into a far more stereotypical villain and asserts his manliness over that of his wife.
But Macbeth's hubris or excessive pride is now his dominant character trait.