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Examine how Macbeth changes from a national hero at the start of the play to a brutal murderer at the beginning of Act 2

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Examine how Macbeth changes from a national hero at the start of the play to a brutal murderer at the beginning of Act Two. Refer to the text in your answer Macbeth changes character throughout the play, from the beginning right up to Duncan's murder. There are many reasons for this distinct change in personality. Firstly the witches put the idea into his head by giving him three predictions. Secondly his wife persuades him into murdering his cousin Duncan. She is power mad and wants him to be king so that she can be queen, but she basically wants it for the glamour. Thirdly Macbeth him self can be blamed for it, as he was always going to be control of his actions. But in secret I think that he has always wanted to be king from the beginning but never went through with it as he is his cousin. Finally I believe that the king had something to do with it. As when the king decides who is going to be the next king he can choose anyone that he wants. As Macbeth was leader of the Scottish army and had saved Scotland twice he though he had a good chance of becoming kings himself. ...read more.


He would never betray the king. Banquo asks what will become of him: the witches reply "Thou shalt get kings, through thou be none". This means that he will never be king but will be an ancestor of kings so this makes it sound that his son Fleance might be king. The reactions Macbeth and Banquo to the witch's word are completely opposite Macbeth want to know more." Say you imperfect speakers, tell me more..." "...Stay from whence you owe this strange intelligence, or why..." But Banquo is more suspicious warning Macbeth to be wary of the supernatural "Or have we eaten an insane root that taken the reason prisoner?" However when Ross arrives with the news that Macbeth is the new Thane of Cawdor "What, can the devil speak true?" Macbeth replies that the Thane of Cawdor lives "Why do you dress me in borrowed robes" When the real Thane of Cawdor treachery and fate are revelled we start to see a change in Macbeth's character "...the greatest is behind..." However, Banquo is doubtful and warns him against him against believing "this supernatural solicilliy..." he says that they are outing thoughts into his heads and to be weary of them. "...The instrument of darkness tell us truth...to betray us in the deepest consequences..." ...read more.


She means that without agrees the king will die tonight. There are more references to the paranormal and supernatural in this scene ..."Come you sprits that tried my mortal thought unsex me here..." "...make my blood thick..." Macbeth now enters the scene she immediately starts her intentions. She has thought of the plan from reading the letter and now is determined to make the witches third prediction come true "...Thy letters have transported me beyond the ignorant present, and feel now the future in the instant...". Lady Macbeth feels that Macbeth need lessons in deception as she fells that his face shows what he is thinking about "...bear welcome in your eye your, hand your tongue; look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it..." This reference reminds of the Adam and Eve story making it seem that she is slightly satanic and her influence over Macbeth is going to be strong. She says her planes are not to be delayed and that she will organise everything "To alter favour ever is to fear leave all the rest to me". In this lady Macbeth dominates it making the scene hers. She is power mad, ruthless, a control freak and wants the money and status. Duncan and his entourage arrive at Macbeth's castle, Dunsiane. ...read more.

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