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Describe Macbeth’s Character as it appears and changes in act 1 and act 2.

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Describe Macbeth's Character as it appears and changes in act 1 and act 2. Macbeth is a general in the king's army, and Thane of Glamis. In Act 1, a battle has taken place, and three witches plan to meet Macbeth, to tell him some important information. Macbeth is shown to be very brave, dominant, and plays a very important part in the king's army. "For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)" Act 1, Scene 2, Line 16 Later on in Act 1, the witches meet with Macbeth. The witches have a supernatural power and in Act 1, Scene 3, the first witch relates to how she will torment a sailor whose wife had been rude to her. This would show that the witches are not just able to see into the future, but to actually cast a form of power upon people who they choose. This adds fear to Macbeth, who until now has no idea of what the witches have in store for him. The witches recount to Macbeth three prophesies: That Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King. These prophesies introduce Macbeth to ideas of greatness. Macbeth will eventually follow through on killing king Duncan, a destruction of the natural order; it was sometimes thought that the witches had the ability to reverse the natural order of things. ...read more.

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Macbeth would not have usually done such a deed, even though he was such a noble warrior. This is has a major effect of the character of Macbeth; This is the turning point in the play, where Macbeth swings from doing what is right, to doing what is wrong, which would be the killing of Duncan. Lady Macbeth is shown early in the play as an ambitious woman with a single purpose. She can manipulate Macbeth easily. This is shown in the line "That I may pour my spirits in thine ear". Act 1, Scene 5, Line 25 She is selfless, and wants what is best for her husband. Before the speech that Lady Macbeth gives in act one scene five, Macbeth is resolved not to go through with the killing of the king. However, Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth's self-esteem by playing on his manliness and his bravery. This then convinces Macbeth to commit regicide. It is like a child who is easily guided. Lady Macbeth knows this and acts on it accordingly. Although Macbeth has the final say in whether or not to go through with the initial killing, he loves Lady Macbeth and wants to make her happy. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth is the one who made the final decision to carry out his actions. He made these final decisions and continued with the killings to cover that of King Duncan. However where as some facts show that the results were all of his own doing, in act IV he returns to the witches voluntarily to find out his fate in order to see what actions he should take. This shows that maybe the witches did have a great influence on his actions. The killing of Duncan starts an unstoppable chain of events in the play that ends with the murder of Macbeth and the suicide of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth chooses to murder Duncan. Macbeth, in the beginning had all of the qualities of an honourable gentleman who could become anything. This is all shattered when his ambition overrides his sense of morality. Although Macbeth is warned as to the validity of the witches prophesies, he is tempted and refuses to listen to reason from Banquo. When the second set of prophesies Macbeth receives begin to show their faults Macbeth blames the witches for deceiving him with half-truths. While the witches are not totally responsible for the actions of Macbeth, they are responsible for introducing the ideas to Macbeth, which in turn fired up Macbeth's ambition and led to a disastrous and unnecessary chain of events ...read more.

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