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Why does a man praised as "Brave Macbeth" in Act 1 end with an epitaph like "this dead butcher" ?

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Macbeth essay: Why does a man praised as "Brave Macbeth" in Act 1 end with an epitaph like "this dead butcher" ? Act 1 "Macbeth" starts off with Macbeth on the battlefield. He is leading soldiers to battle and gradually being commended for his braveness. After the battle is won, news is told to King Duncan that Macbeth has been heroic and has won the battle. As a reward, the King is ready to hand over the soon to be executed Thane of Cawdor's title and honours to Macbeth. In scenes 4 of Act 1, Macbeth is already thinking about the witches prophecies. Malcolm is announced to be successor to the throne and Macbeth is already seeing Malcolm as an obstacle which he must get rid of to reach his dream. He also shows ambitions of being the King and that he will need to overcome Malcolm and his rank to do so. "The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down, or else overleap, For which in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires, Let not light see my black and deep desires." [Act 1 Scene 4 lines 49-52 Macbeth]. ...read more.


All remains as it is and Macbeth and Lady Macbeth leave the crime scene and return to their quarters. In act 3, the porter opens the door for the King's lords Macduff and Lenox and Macbeth greets them as if he as just awoken. Macduff soon fins out that the king is dead and reappears to tell the news. The alarm is sounded, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth start their "show" and run over to the king's quarters as if they are concerned. Meanwhile the king's sons Malcolm and Donaldbain are about to leave the country. They fear they may be accused for their father's death. After they leave, Macduff announces that they might be responsible for the murder and proclaim Macbeth as the new king of Scotland. This scene has shown the "butcher" like Macbeth take out Duncan on the night with a dagger. It just shows how much Macbeth has changed from the start, he had everything going for him. He had the Thane of Cawdor and Thane of Glamis titles, yet his greed made him want more. From being a "brave Macbeth" he has descended into "butcher Macbeth". Act 3 Act 3 starts off with Banquo placing the jigsaw all together. ...read more.


Also later in the play he resorts to killing his friend Banquo because of the threat he held against Macbeth. Near the end Macbeth's murderers kill a child (son) of Macduff's and his wife. Thus showing the lengths that Macbeth went to, to get what he wanted without consideration for others. He was a butcher just hacking away at anything possible. Halfway through the play Macbeth is called "This Tyrant" [Act 4 Scene 3 line 12 Malcolm]. He has changed into a tyrant from being "brave" Macbeth and later on in the act "black Macbeth". [Act 4 Scene 3 line 52 Malcolm] Another example of Macbeths changing is when Macbeth says "My name's Macbeth". [Act 6 line 16 Macbeth] and young Seyward replies with "The devil himself could not pronounce a title More hateful to mine ear". [Act 6 lines 17-18, Young Seyward].This shows how Macbeth is hated and that Macbeth is a scary person with evil intentions. At the start, Macbeth was "a noble Macbeth" now he is "a tyrant Macbeth". Macbeth's intentions to become king had changed him from this brave person to a dead butcher. The way Macbeth went about things is why he got the title "dead butcher". His slyness and carelessness for people was his downfall. Stuart Sims 1 ...read more.

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