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Comparison of Macbeth at the begining and end of the play

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Comparing Macbeth at the Beginning and End of the Play I chose this essay title because there is a great contrast between Macbeth at the beginning and the end of the play. Macbeth turns from good to evil but there are some things that are good inside him that do not change. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is shown as a courageous soldier who is loyal to the king. In the first scene Macbeth is in, he has won a big battle for King Duncan against the Norwegian invaders. This passage is from act 1 scene 2 line 24 "O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!" this tells us that the King is proud of Macbeth and shows Macbeth as a hero. During this scene Macbeth is very violent. He has cut someone 'from the nave to the chops' but he was shown by Shakespeare as a hero. Later on during the play he still has the violence in him but he is shown an evil man. Macbeth's violence stay the same throughout of the play but what Shakespeare portrayed him as has changed. ...read more.


said the third witch, but Banquo will be father of kings but he will not be a King himself "Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none" said the third witch. At first Macbeth laughed at the witches but he thought about the prophecies and started not to trust Banquo. The relationship went more downhill when King Duncan was killed in Macbeth's house and Banquo was not trusting Macbeth but suspecting him of the murder. This mistrusting went on until Macbeth decided to kill Banquo and his son. Macbeth wants him and his sons to be king not Banquo's son. Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's relation has also changed from the beginning to the end of the play. At first Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are in a loving relationship. Once Lady Macbeth heard about the witches' prophecy she wants the prophecy to come true so she starts to have a vaulting ambition. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth first action towards the prophecy was when King Duncan came to Macbeth's castle. Macbeth was not thinking of anything at first but Lady Macbeth told him to kill King Duncan. ...read more.


The first time Macbeth met the witches he thinks they are nothing and he laughs at them when they told him the prophecy. At the end of the play he hates them and fears them in a way. Macbeth thought the witches lied to him but they didn't. They just didn't tell him the whole information, for example when the witches told Macbeth that he will never be killed by a child of women born "Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth." But Macduff was born from his mother's stomach, cut open. The other example is that he will fall when the forest moves "Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him." But the English soldiers chop down the trees and disguised themselves wile marching using the trees to camouflage them. The overall picture of Macbeth is that he has changed a lot from the beginning to the end of the play. He has changed from a war hero which everyone has his respect to an evil selfish King which no one respect him, but there are also some good feelings inside him that doesn't change. ?? ?? ?? ?? Pi Scott 15/ 11/ 05 1 ...read more.

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