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Show how Macbeth changes from a good to an evil man once he kills Duncan.

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Introduction

Show how Macbeth changes from a good to an evil man once he kills Duncan. The tragedy of Macbeth is set in Scotland around the time that Edward the Confessor was on the throne in England; it is a play about witchcraft and murder. Macbeth meets three witches who tell him that he will become thane of Glamis and then Thane of Cawdor and finally become king. This puts ideas in Macbeth's head and he feels he cannot become king unless he kills the current king, Duncan. Before Macbeth kills Duncan, Duncan describes him as a 'valiant cousin, worthy gentleman.' He also calls Macbeth a 'peerless kinsman.' Macbeth thinks about the consequences of killing Duncan, 'if it were done quickly: if th' assassination could trammel up the consequence.' Which shows he's a good man. ...read more.

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Macbeth wants to kill Macduff. He cannot so he decides to kill his wife, children and servants, 'Give to th' edge o' th' sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace his line.' Macbeth lies to people and begins to act independently and tells his wife to 'be innocent like the flower' displaying more evil. Things that Macbeth says also show that he has become evil. To begin with he breaks his link with god when he cannot say amen when the guards say 'God bless us.' He begins to speak more poetically and begins to talk like the witches 'ere the bat has flown his cloistered flight: ere to black Hecate's summons The shard-born beetle. With his drowsy hums' this compared to what he says before he meets the witches' shows that he's peaking more poetically and relishes what he is saying. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth begins to think more and talk more about himself, at the start of the play Macbeth says 'the rest is labour, which is not us'd for you:' he then begins to talk about himself. 'For mine own good' and 'all causes shall give way' show this. Macbeth becomes more ruthless 'I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er' Scotland becomes a worse place under Macbeth's reign. Lennox calls it a 'suffering country under a hands accurs'd' he hopes that 'we may again Give our tables meat, sleep to our nights,' When Macduff and Malcolm have a discussion they also talk about Macbeth's reign. Macduff calls Macbeth a 'tyrant' and says the country is under tyranny, which shows that Scotland is not nice to live in and that Macbeth is an evil king. Malcolm calls him 'black Macbeth' and one of the withes calls him 'something wicked' they feel that Macbeth is evil. ...read more.

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