Macbeth and Siward Essay

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Danny Jimenez
Mrs. Claud
English I
Siward Character Analysis In the novel Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Siward wants to defeat Macbeth. He wants to defeat Macbeth because he wants to avenge his son who was murdered in combat by Macbeth. Another reason is that Macbeth killed Siwards brother, Duncan. He is also the leader of the English army. Siward and his army use branches from Birnam Wood to disguise themselves. The witches said that Macbeth will fall if Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane. Macbeth though that he was not going to be defeated because he thought it was impossible for Birnam Wood to come to Dunsinane. “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against him” (Macbeth 4.1.105-107). Siwards objectives do not change throughout this scene. His goal was to go and defeat Macbeth, and when he got there, he did not change his mind at all. Also in this scene, Siwards tactics did not change. Siward has no obstacles. Siward gets told by Ross that his son has been executed in battle. Siward accepts the death of his son & is proud that his son died in battle. “Why then, God’s soldier be he! Had I as many sons as I have hairs, I would not wish them to a fairer death. And so, his knell is knolled.” (Macbeth 5.8.55-58). In this scene, Siward is speaking with an upward inflection. “Then he is dead?” (Macbeth 5.8.49). Siward is questioning Ross and asking him if his son has been killed. Then, Siward asks Ross if he was