Macbeth - Character Change

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Describe a major change in a character or individual in the text Explain why this change was important. In the drama script ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, an important change that takes place is in the character Macbeth. The play is a tragedy. It is about the downfall of a hero who is led by temptation to mass murder and cruelty. As the audience, we can see how Macbeth's character turns from good to evil, from a "valiant cousin" and "worthy gentleman" to a "bloody butcher" and a “tyrant” which leads him down the path of self-destruction. The change in Macbeth’s character helps to illustrate the themes of natural order and vaulting ambition that are integral to the play. Macbeth finally realizes towards the end of the play the consequences of vaulting ambition. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is known as a "noble" and "valiant" soldier who is well valued. He respected the King and proved to be brave in battles as the Captain described him, "…Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops and fixed his head upon out battlements” in Act 1, Scene 1 (lines 10 – 20) He was also well admired by King Duncan who defined Macbeth as ‘O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!” (Act 1, Scene 2) This shows the king’s regard of Macbeth. The change in Macbeths character is first influenced by the three witches “weird sisters” when Macbeth meets them on the way back from battle. They tell him a prophecy, which states that he will become king. “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter.” In Act 1, Scene 3 (lines 47 – 50) At first Macbeth believes that the prophecy will come true without taking action, “if chance will have me King, why chance may crown me without my stir”. Act 1, Scene 3 (lines 142 – 144) But when he hears that the King’s son, Malcolm, is heir to
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