Change of Heart - Macbeth

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Change of Heart Shakespeare’s Macbeth really helped me understand the severity that people can change under certain circumstances. The main character, Macbeth, begins as a very respectable and moral person, but by the end of the story he has become a murderous tyrant. It’s hard to tell if Macbeth would have had the same fate if he had never heard the prediction of his future from the three witches. If Macbeth had never heard what the witches had to say, would he have still become king? Or would he have never found the courage to murder for his own personal gain? When we are first introduced to Macbeth, we are told that he is a war hero who would do anything to defend his king’s honor. His journey to unrighteousness begins when he first speaks with the three witches. They tell him “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (948). Macbeth first takes this in a joking manner, but soon begins to take it very seriously. When he came home to his wife, he shared the witches’ prediction with her and she encourages Macbeth to quicken the process by murdering the current king, King Duncan. After murdering the king, Macbeth soon finds himself needing to kill many more in order to keep his secret. His kingship comes into jeopardy when he hears of someone named Macduff who is foretold to have the power to defeat him. Macbeth hears some juxtapose news that gives him a reckless attitude. In the end, he is defeated by Macduff. Keeping in mind what the witches first said to Macbeth, this truly was the start to his journey of evolving into a cruel tyrant. When Macbeth tells his wife, she encourages him to take action, and the reader gets a snowball effect until Macbeth has finally gone full tyrant by murdering Macduff’s wife and children. Macbeth possibly never would have killed King Duncan to begin with if it wasn’t for the three witches’

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