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MacBeth Explain Macbeth's attitude changes throughout the play. In the tragic drama Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare in 1606 during the English Renaissance, the hero, Macbeth, constantly declines in his level of morality until his death at the end of the play. Because of his change of character from good to evil, Macbeth's attitude towards other characters, specifically Duncan, Banquo, Lady Macbeth, and the witches, is significantly affected. The first of the four characters is Duncan. Since Macbeth interacts with Duncan only a minimal amount before Duncan's death, Macbeth's attitude towards him changes very rapidly. Before Macbeth hears the witches' first prophecy, he is very close to Duncan, and would never even think of doing something against him. When the thought of murdering Duncan crosses his mind immediately after he finds that he has just been named Thane of Cawdor, he cannot believe the thought crossed his mind "I yield to that suggestion, whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs" (I, iii,p 17). In scene 5 of act 1, however, his "vaulting ambition" is starting to take over, but partly because of his wife's persuasion. ...read more.


Murderers: True, my lord. Macb: So is he mine; and in such bloody distance That every minute of his being thrusts Against my nearest of life; (III, i,) Finally, Macbeth actually shows signs of relief when the murderer calls him to the door during his banquet and tells him of Banquo's death: Macb: There's blood upon thy face. Murderer: 'Tis Banquo's then. Macb: 'Tis better thee without than he within. (III, iv,) Macbeth's last statement, "Tis . . . within", means that Banquo's blood is better on the murderer than in Banquo, showing that Macbeth is, in truth, happy that Banquo has been killed. the killing of Banquo by Macbeth shows extreme selfishness; he cannot bear to see even his best friend's sons succeed him on the throne. However, a more important reason that Macbeth kills Banquo is because of Banquo's suspicion of him, and what Banquo will do to him once he finds out for sure that Macbeth has committed the murder of Duncan. One can see that Macbeth becomes extremely harsh if he wants his way. He will go to horrid extremes just so that he does not have to live his kingship in fear, but instead to rule happily. ...read more.


In act 3, scene 4, when he remarks that "I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more," (136-37), he knows that he must consult the witches again because "More shall they speak;" (134), and he is "bent to know" (134) what he should do and what his future holds. He then sees the three apparitions that the witches have conjured up especially to torture him. This causes him to become enraged at the witches and damn himself in the ironic phrase in which he damns "all those that trust them", "them" meaning the witches. Macbeth's change in attitude towards the witches shows that his nature is to befriend those who bring him good news, but he separates from them once he finds that even though he trusted them, what they said was not in his favour. He supposedly befriended the witches simply because he thought they could tell him his future. It was a false relationship. Macbeth starts out a heroic man of good doings, but his whole attitude completely changes because of the murders he commits. His relationships with many characters are broken or become weak. He starts trusting no one and hating - or killing - everyone. His wife may have started him on his killing streak, but he was the one to finish himself off. ...read more.

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