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Changes In Character In Shakespeare´S Macbeth

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Macbeth a play written by William Shakespeare in the 17th century shows the unexpected happens when it is least expected. In the beginning of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is stronger and more ruthless then her husband Macbeth because her only interested in gaining power. She plans and executes a death with little remorse. Macbeth is soft, kind, loyal and initially has a conscience. Over time, Macbeth's character takes a turn for the worse. He goes from the scared man that he first was into an evil man. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become the people that the reader least expects them to be. In the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is much more ruthless but throughout the play this changes and ...view middle of the document...

Macbeth doubts his wife's ideas saying “if we should fail"(Ivii). He also questions if it is worth it to kill Duncan for his own desire of power. He felt Duncan had not done anything wrong to him "I am his kinsman and his subject both against the deed : then as his host" (Ivii). But Lady Macbeth has no worries her opinion of the situation is different "screw your courage to sticking place, and well not fail " (Ivii). She convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan by telling him all good will come from it and reminds him of the regrets he will have if he does not kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth tells him "when you durst do it, then you were, you would be so much more than a man"(Ivii). Macbeth agrees and kills Duncan. After the killing is finally done Macbeth feels terrible. He cannot believe what he has done "to know my deed: twere best not know myself " (IIii).
After killing Duncan Macbeth felt the need to eliminate all other threats to his position of being king. Macbeth is now set on the idea of becoming the king. To do this he felt he needed to have Banquo and Fleance killed because the witches predicted that Banquo will produce a line of Kings. But unlike the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth has no part in planning the murder of Banquo. He even tells Lady Macbeth "Be innocent of the knowledge till thou applaud the deed" (IIIii) in other words this means he has kept the murder plans a secret from Lady Macbeth until it was already done. This is a very important part of the play because before in the planning of murdering Duncan it was all Lady Macbeth’s ideas and plans. Macbeth has changed since the murder of Duncan. He is now taking charge for himself and becoming the selfish one that he was not before. Macbeth feels like he has already done such a bad deed already that it doesn’t matter what else he does “I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er” (IIIiv) . Macbeth gave a lot of thought to the murder of but when it came to ordering the murder of Banquo he went right through with it. Later in the play at the banquet one of the murderers comes in the room to let Macbeth know that Banquo is dead but Fleance has fled alive. Macbeth gets afraid and very angry so he leaves the table. Lady Macbeth goes after her husband to get him to go back to the table and be a good host so that no one has suspicions. When Macbeth comes back he sees Banquo's ghost. Macbeth turns pale after seeing the ghost and shouts at it telling it to leave. He is the only one that can see the ghost and everyone at the table thinks that Macbeth has gone mad. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are switching places he is now the one acting of control and she is the one that is not crazy. The killing of Banquo is the beginning of Macbeth becoming a ruthless Tyrant and Lady Macbeth beginning to feel some remorse as she keeps seeing the blood of Duncan on her hands. As the play goes on Macbeth becomes more and more tyrannical and Lady Macbeth goes...

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