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Who is responsible for Macbeth’s change from Hero to Villain?

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Page One Who is responsible for Macbeth's change from Hero to Villain? At the beginning of 'Macbeth', the title character is a Thane, of high birth and an influential leader who has just driven away the enemy from Scotland. He is a national hero. Yet by the end of Act three, Macbeth has already murdered three people himself and has ordered the deaths of two more. The aim of this essay is to look at the three people who may be responsible for this complete change in character- the witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself. The three witches start the first scene of the play gathered in dark, stormy weather, signalled by thunder and lightning. The weather is an indication of change and upheaval and gives us the first clue that Macbeth life will not be easy. The final words of the scene 'Fair is foul and foul is fair' are echoed by Macbeth is his first scene, when he says 'So foul and fair a day I have not seen', establishing a subliminal link between them. ...read more.


'Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts! Unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty' She knows she must steel herself, cease to be all that is associated with a woman. She needs evil power to carry out her plans, and that is not in her nature. She knows that murdering the King is the fastest way to her goal: 'He that's coming, Must be provided for.' She knows that that night may be the only chance they have. It becomes clear that her role is to seize the moment and facilitate her husbands rise to Kingship. It is clear that Macbeth is having doubts about murdering the King as can be seen after she first suggests it to him: 'We will speak further' She uses different methods to try to persuade Macbeth to change his mind. Macbeth tells her: 'We will proceed no further in this business...' ...read more.


She is shocked by the murder of the guards, thinking that there was going to be only one death that night. The third candidate for blame is of course Macbeth himself, and the first point I would like to make is that Macbeth willingly listened to the witches, and even tried to make them tell him more of what they knew. 'Stay, you imperfect speakers; tell me more' After they have gone, Macbeth says to himself: 'If chance will have me king, Why chance may crown me without my stir' This is an indication that Macbeth is already thinking about acting on the witches prophecies, and wondering what he should do. Macbeth almost at once moves a step closer to the kingship. 'Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor. The Greatest is behind' He was already excited at the witches words and when he recieves the news that he is now Thane of Cawdor he has proof that they really do know the future and begins to believe that he will be king. Macbeth ...read more.

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