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Macbeth's Character Change

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Introduction

There are 3 main causes and influences in Act 1that contribute to the change in Macbeth's character. The first is the role of the witches, where our first impression of Macbeth is a loyal warrior, but when he speaks to the Three Weird Sisters, we can see that beneath the loyalty he shows through the war, there is also his ambition of being king. The second is the role of Lady Macbeth, who has a strong character, and forces Macbeth to kill Duncan. The is the role of Macbeth himself, who lets Lady Macbeth push himself to plot the murder of Duncan, and letting ambition take over his loyal character. The Three Weird Sisters made a great impact on Macbeth's character in Act 1. ...read more.

Middle

That is a step on which I must fall down, or else overleap" and craves to himself "Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires." This shows the audience that Macbeth has evil desires to overthrow the Prince of Cumberland and take the throne. This is an example of how fair is foul, and foul is fair as presumed by the witches. Apart from the Three Weird Sisters, Lady Macbeth has also made a great influence on Macbeth which causes his character to change. In Act 1 Scene 5 Line 72, she persuades Macbeth to "Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it." This is what Macbeth is intending to do as he wants to follow his ambition to king and overleap the Prince of Cumberland, and take the thrown. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth himself as a person with a weak character has made causes which contribute to the change in Macbeth's character. He is easily influenced, and persuaded by other people. This causes Lady Macbeth to push him into committing treason, and he does it even though he is not entirely willing to. He can be seen he has a strong ambition while he wants to be king and again Act 1 Scene 4 Lines 55-56 and 57-58, Macbeth shows his strong desire to become king "The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else overleap" and craves to hide his own desires which he knows is bad and evil from "Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires." ...read more.

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