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Describe And Explain A Major Change In The Character Macbeth.

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Describe a major change in a character in the text. Explain why this change was important.The play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare is a very tragic one. It is about the downfall of a hero who is led by temptation to mass murder and cruelty. We see how Macbeth's character turns from good to evil, from a "valiant cousin" and "worthy gentleman" to a "bloody butcher" which leads him down the path of self destruction.In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is known as a "noble" and "valiant" soldier who is well respected and also was involved in a stable and loving marriage. He respected the King and proved to be brave in battles as the Captain described him, "brave Macbeth-well he deserves the name."Macbeth carried a good conscience until he and Banquo meet the witches and he hears the delightful witches' prophecies. He is frightened but intrigued by the witches' prophecies and he wonders whether to act or see if they come true on their own. He says in his soliloquy, "Stars hide your fires/Let not light see my black and deep desires." This immediately signifies that he is thinking bad thoughts and his morals start to corrupt/slide. We can see that there is a lot of irony since King Duncan rewards Macbeth for his loyalty and Macbeth almost immediately becomes a bit evil if something gets in the way of what he wants-which is the crown, and to get that he plans to kill Duncan.Although Macbeth has second thoughts about the murder of Duncan because he believes Duncan has treated him greatly, Macbeth is persuaded by his wife to murder the king in a way as a token of his love for her. Macbeth feels guilty, afraid and ready to back out, but the promise of power is too great. At this point we can see that his ambition for power can push him to do anything. "...I have no spur/To prick the sides of my intent/But only/Vaulting ambition, which o'er-leaps itself/And falls on the other."By the end of the scene Macbeth has taken over the planning himself. "Will it not be receiv'd/When we have mark'd with blood those sleepy two/Of his own chamber, and us'd of their very daggers..." He temporarily loses his doubt and fear.The morning after the murder Macbeth is emotionally fearful and shocked and at the start of the scene he is tense and edgy. "twas a rough night." He is also trapped between the door and Lennox's speech, and seems unable to say more than brief, formal statements.We can see he is guilty and regrets the murder, "Had I but died an hour before this chance/I had lived bless'd time."When Macbeth murders the two guards probably to carefully cover his tracks, it is obvious he no longer needs persuading to murder which is a key point in Macbeth's change from good to evil. He is confident enough to do the slaughter all by himself without any persuading.Later on in the act Macbeth decides to kill Banquo too because the witches had told him Banquo's sons would rule after him even though Banquo is his best friend, but Macbeth needed to make sure that the crown...

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