Macbeth is pushed in his conduct mainly by an extreme desire for worldly honors; his delight lies primarily in buying golden opinions from all sorts of people. For example, his fighting in Duncan's service is magnificent and courageous, and his evident joy in it is traceable in art to the natural pleasure which accompanies the explosive outgo of immense physical energy, and the relaxation which follows. He also rejoices no doubt in the success that
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richer that at the beginning. This dramatic personality in its manifold stages of incentive is an artistic creation. In essence Macbeth, like all other men, is inevitably bound to his humanity. The reason of order, as we have seen, determines his inescapable relationship to the natural and eternal law, compels inclination toward his proper act and end but provides him with a will capable of free choice, and obliges his perception of good and evil.