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At the start of the play Shakespeare presents Macbeth as a hero. However at the end of the play he is regarded as a tyrant. Chart this disintegration of his character.

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MACBETH COURSEWORK ESSAY QUESTION: At the start of the play Shakespeare presents Macbeth as a hero. However at the end of the play he is regarded as a tyrant. Chart this disintegration of his character. Macbeth at the beginning of the play seems to start off as the hero because he has helped win the battle for King Duncan against the rebels. A wounded captain from the battle tells the king how Macbeth and Banquo have fought valiantly... Macbeth caught the traitor, the thane of Cawdor, and he are rewarded. The title of Thane of Cawdor by the King in an act of gratitude. The old Thane of Cawdor is executed. In Act 1 Scene 3 Macbeth and Banquo appear at the witches' heath and the witches predict part of Macbeth's future. As soon as they tell him that he will be Thane of Cawdor, his impression of the witches starts to change. He cannot understand how they have so quickly found out about him becoming the new Thane of Cawdor before he himself has learned the news. They then tell him and Banquo:"all hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter" and tell Banquo that he will be "Father of Kings." ...read more.


He is enlightened by Lady Macbeth's reaction and ambition. At the beginning of act two it sets the scene for the killing of Duncan. It is at this point when Macbeth starts to get the first of the hallucinations. He sees a bloody dagger pointing in the direction of the king. He is suddenly snapped out of this hallucination and he summons that Duncan should die"to heaven to hell." In the next scene lady Macbeth has drugged the guards and Macbeth returns to the courtyard to say that he has "done the foul deed" Macbeth may have just committed a murder but he is now regretting every moment as he "fears gods wrath" and that he can no longer pray. He also hears a voice saying that"he will sleep no more. "Lady Macbeth continuously tells him to forget about it, telling him to stop thinking" such brain sickly "things. In act 3 Macbeth finds that one of the witches' fortunes was that banquo would some day become the king of Scotland. Macbeth can not stand for this so he orders that two assassins will kill banquo and his heir, fleance. ...read more.


Macbeth is slowly being hated by different people and that all the witches' prophecies were to come true. CONCLUSION Macbeth at the beginning of the play did seam to be a hero but as the play continued the reader or audience seamed to realise that he was becoming part evil and by the end he died evil. Looking back at the scenes of which he has done bad in they all seam to be linked in with his wife lady Macbeth. Doesn't this give the distinct impression that throughout the play she was a 3rd which and that she was playing wife Macbeths mind. Throughout the play Macbeth was giving away evidence that he was turning evil and that the evil did back fire with some traumatic appearances of ghosts and hallucinations of the dagger. He in his mind tried to persuade and convince himself that he was doing right looking at what he may face and what would happen to him if he did not commit these terrible stunts. In the end Macbeth dies with his full armour on saying"before my body I throw my warlike shield "this is showing that his guilt has resigned and he no longer has any fears he is fearless. ...read more.

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