Macbeth Essay

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Macbeth Essay How does a man who is loyal, trustworthy, and respected by all turn into a selfish mass murderer who will stop at nothing to secure his title as king? One of the main themes of the play Macbeth is how Macbeth’s character changes drastically in such a short period of time. Macbeth is presented as a mature, established man who is quite successful. Macbeth, like most other men, is bound to his natural greed and inescapable instinct to be as powerful and dominant as possible. As the play begins, Macbeth is seen as an honorable man with lots of nobility. On the battlefield he fought courageously and selflessly for his king and his country. He showed great loyalty to not only himself, but to King Duncan, unlike the previous Thane of Cawdor who was accused of treason. Macbeth’s life takes a turn for the worst when confronted by the three witches and hears their prophecies and takes them to heart “All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter.” Shortly after, Macbeth does the unthinkable and murders a man who put enormous amount of trust in him, King Duncan. Macbeth still has a conscience at this stage and he is very hesitant about killing the King. Macbeth expresses concern with killing Duncan in a soliloquy “If it were done, when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well…” but is easily manipulated by Lady Macbeth and carries on with the plan. In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth seems to have all the power but after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth quickly ends that. We see evidence of that when he decides to kill the servants without having to get approval or support from Lady Macbeth. After the murder of Duncan Macbeth becomes paranoid and his first step of killing the guards is one of many that Macbeth takes to secure himself. Macbeth is also very superstitious and this is shown when he believes the prophecy the

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