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How does Macbeths character change from the beginning of the play up until the murder of King Duncan?

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How does Macbeths character change from the beginning of the play up until the murder of King Duncan? We first hear about Macbeth from the witches, when they say "There to meet with Macbeth" this doesn't give much away about him. Although the fact that his name was said my witches, who were thought to be evil at the time, points towards evil. The next time Macbeth is spoken about is in act I scene II where Ross tells King Duncan about that battle and that the thane of Cawdor was a traitor. Before Ross enters the scene we see the Sergeant speaking very highly of Macbeth. From what the Sergeant says we are given the idea that he is a brave and loyal solder. We realise this when he says "For brave Macbeth, - well he deserves that name - Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel". The fact that Macbeth is highly spoken of is shown to us again by Duncan when he refers to Macbeth as "O valiant cousin! ...read more.


Later in the scene Malcolm and King Duncan talk about the old thane of Cawdor who betrayed them. The king says "he was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust." I think that this is, in a way, this is how Macbeth also turns out because he also betrays the king when the king trusted him. Malcolm is then announced heir to the throne. Macbeth is again puzzled and annoyed by this "The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step on which I must fall down," as he thought that he would be made heir not Malcolm. Later on in the play Lady Macbeth reads a letter sent by Macbeth which tells her about the Witches prophesies. She tells the audience that she thinks Macbeth is too good to do anything bad to change the future and be disloyal "It is too full o' the milk of human kindness." She also says "Hie thee hither that I may pour my spirits in thine ear and chastise with the valour of my ...read more.


Everyone else thinks he is still loyal but inside Macbeth is full of guilt. In act II the killing of King Duncan takes place. Macbeth is very twitchy and worried while committing the crime, but this does not stop him from doing it. He feels that he cant back out now because he wants to be king, Lady Macbeth wont respect him if he doesn't do it and the plan has been set up. Lady Macbeth on the other hand does not seem to disturbed by the killing as she says to Macbeth "Consider it not so deeply." She also says "A little water clears us of this deed," when they both have blood on their hands. Macbeth changes drastically from the start of the play up to the killing of King Duncan, as at the start he was loyal and trustworthy, but as the play progresses he begins to change in to a man who is thirsty for power and will do anything for it. This leads him to his death. Tara Karimian ...read more.

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