The Changing Faces Of Macbeth Essay

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In “The Sottish Play”, we come to know a man named Macbeth. This is his story, or rather, a play that tells his story. Throughout the play, Macbeth undergoes many changes, of which are behavioral, moral, and the like, thus being transformed from a valiant, virtuous Thane who fights with honor and a sword sworn to King Duncan, into a manipulative, conniving, ambitious, and brutal man whose hands are gradually steeped in blood. Macbeth is a tragic hero whose tragic flaws and changes are displayed in many ways during the play, bringing light to the malevolence and greed that lies hidden behind a seemingly righteous mask.
During the beginning of the play, Macbeth is shown to be both brave, yet ...view middle of the document...

Stars, hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires: the eye wink at the hand; yet let that be which the fears, when it is done, to see” (I. iv. 48-53).
As the story progresses, we bear witness to more of the changes taking place inside of Macbeth. For instance, Macbeth has just learned that King Duncan's son was to be named king, and he knows that he must kill the king to become king himself, but his ambitiousness is transformed into feelings of fear and indecisiveness when he becomes uncertain that killing King Duncan is actually the right thing to do. He even feels guilty for having such treacherous and treasonous thoughts in the first place. This is shown when Macbeth says during his soliloquy “...First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself...” (I. vii. 13-16). His tentative countenance is shortly thereafter changed, however, into determination and resoluteness when Lady Macbeth challenges his “manhood” and reminds him of his ambition and her unfaltering alacrity to do whatever he would ask of...

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