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Examine how the Character of Macbeth changes from loyal Scottish hero to bloody tyrant during the course of the play.

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Examine how the Character of Macbeth changes from loyal Scottish hero to bloody tyrant during the course of the play Macbeth is not seen at first, but we do hear a wounded captain giving an account on how well Macbeth fought against the Scottish rebels: "For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name - disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valour's minion carved out his passage, till he faced the slave which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops, and fixed his head upon our battlements." The wounded captain also gives an account on how well Macbeth fought afterwards against the Norwegians, Ross arrives after the captain has left and finishes the story. ...read more.

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"L. Macbeth: O never shall sun that morrow see. Your face, my Thane, is a book where men may read strange matters. To beguile the time, look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue; look like th' innocent flower, but be the serpent under't." Macbeth agrees to let her prepare everything, while he will commit the murder. It is at this first point that Macbeth is turning evil. Later on, however, Macbeth gets nervous and decides not to do the murder, but Lady Macbeth tells him to "screw your courage to the sticking place." Along with a few other orders, she manages to persuade Macbeth to commit the murder. He becomes more and more determined to carry it out, another sign that he is turning evil. ...read more.

Conclusion

He realises that he must commit more murders in order to strengthen his hold, particularly as the witches told Banquo that all of his ancestors would be kings, and then plans his next crimes without Lady Macbeth's knowledge. "Macbeth: O full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife. Thou know'st that Banquo and his Fleance, lives L. Macbeth: What's to be done? Macbeth: Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, till thou applaud the deed." This another sign of how evil Macbeth is. The next sign comes after the three witches show him the three prophecies and he orders for Macduff and his family to be killed. This is as evil as he gets, as shortly afterwards Macduff kills him when Malcolm leads an attack on the castle, and the three apparition's prophecies come true. Overall, Macbeth becomes the most evil when he order's for Macduff's family to be killed. He starts off a hero, but gets more evil as the story progresses. Eddie Wilkins 02/05/07 1 ...read more.

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