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What causes Macbeth to change from a hero to a murderer?

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Shakespeare Essay What causes Macbeth to change from a hero to a murderer? At the beginning Macbeth is a victorious general, described as noble and valiant by Duncan, act 1 scene Duncan: "O' valiant cousin! Worthy Gentleman!" He murders Duncan the King of Scotland and the wickedness of this murder has strong effects on him and the whole of Scotland. He also murders his colleague Banquo and Lady Macduff and her children. Macbeth knows that what he does or has done is evil and sinful but the enticement is too strong and his growing dream to be king of Scotland gets the better of him. The three witches play upon Macbeth's weak spots and so does his determined wife Lady Macbeth. ...read more.

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Macbeth is lured by the evil witches and by Lady Macbeth and lured away from goodness. In Adam & Eve, Adam is lured away from goodness by the snake (who is like the witches) and Eve (like Lady Macbeth). Lady Macbeth definitely has a hunger for power and her constant 'nagging' leads Macbeth to murder Duncan and everybody else who got in his way. Lady Macbeth couldn't deal with the evil that she provoked and in the end goes mad and kills herself. The witches are like the snake in the story of Adam & Eve they represent temptation. Banquo senses that they are evil and does not trust them very much, (1:3:52) "Things that sound so fair? I'Th name of truth, are ye fantastical, or that indeed. ...read more.

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So I think that the main factors that caused Macbeth to change from a 'Worthy Gentleman' to a 'butcher' are: the three witches, Lady Macbeth, temptation, Ambition and Banquo persuades Macbeth a little before he is killed as it says act 1 scene, Banquo: "Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear things that do sound so fair?...You great with present grace, and great prediction, of noble having, and of royal hope, that seems rapt withal." Banquo is saying, why are you scared of something that sound so good. This helps Macbeth to like the idea better. Macbeth is an ambitious man, whose temptation gets the better of him. He has to be persuaded into doing a lot of things, many of them being evil. I still think Macbeth is a butcher and Lady Macbeth a fiend-like queen because they both were responsible for their actions. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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