How Macbeth Changes

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How does Macbeth change in the course of the play? To make an analysis of Macbeth is very difficult, because throughout the play we see him acting in different ways. In some parts of the play he comes across as a brave loyal warrior to King Duncan and Scotland, but in other parts of the play he comes across as a power hungry, ruthless man who will do anything in his quest to become king. We first hear about Macbeth in Act 1, Sc 2, in this scene we hear about how brave and strong he is. We hear this when the sergeant is asked about how the captains, Macbeth and Banquo, got on. The sergeant says, “As cannons overcharged with double cracks, so they doubly redoubled strokes upon the foes”. This means they fought like they were more then men,…show more content…
Now Macbeth, is left without the only friend he had left, and has to now make decisions for himself, his former drive for power and status, which was his wife has disintegrated. Since Macbeth was left alone, we see a huge change in his personality and the way he acts. He is not a brave and courageous warrior anymore, now he is just a scared and insecure man who kills anybody that he thinks is a…show more content…
In Act 5, Sc 3, Macbeth says, “I am sick at heart”. He also says, “my way of life is fall’n into the sear, the yellow leaf; and that which should accompany old age” by saying this it shows us that he has realised that even though he is now king, it is not worth what has happened to him, as a human being. He has no friends or family left, and his life is not worth living and even if he lives to see old age, he will still have a very unhappy life. In Act 5, Sc 5, Macbeth finds out Lady Macbeth has died, and in Act 5, Sc 8 he says, “Why should I play the Roman fool, and die on my own sword?” This shows us he thinks about committing suicide, but he then says why should he die from his own sword, and decides to fight and die on the battlefield, honourably. The play begins with Macbeth fighting like a true warrior on the battlefield, and it ends with him dying in combat. Macbeth starts and ends the play as a true warrior, fighting till death, but in the middle he loses himself over his ambition for power and status just like his wife. Macbeth’s changes in the course of the play are strongly contrasted by Lady Macbeth who starts of the play quite evil and power hungry, but she ends up losing her sanity in the end, which ultimately makes Macbeth lose his as well, leaving him to die honourably on the battlefield. Macbeth lost his mind over
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