Macbeth: From Worthy to Tyrant

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth begins with Macbeth being of high nobility, strength, and bravery. Throughout the play, Macbeth will have a complete change in his reputation and personality all due to his cold-hearted wife, Lady Macbeth. Macbeth in Macbeth starts off being known as “worthy” and “brave” but as the play progresses, his attitude and reputation changes into a “tyrant” and hated by all. Macbeth starts off the play being referred to as a “noble partner” (1.3.57) by Banquo, Macbeth’s partner. Macbeth goes to see the three weird sisters, also known as the witches, and is told that he will be the “Thane of Glamis” as well as the “Thane of Cawdor" (1.3.51). The three witches also show him great respect when they say, “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.53). Translated into modern English, this means that Macbeth shall be the King, which is another example of how Macbeth is known to be of high nobility. We are introduced to Macbeth as having all of these titles, of being Thane and of soon to be the King. This continues throughout the play when Banquo says, “Worthy Macbeth, we stay upon your leisure.” (1.4.165). He is not only praised by the ones closest to him, but by all. For example, when Duncan says, “O worthiest cousin” (1.4.17), referring to Macbeth. Duncan also refers to Macbeth as “My worthy Cawdor” (1.4.54). From the moment we are introduced to Lady Macbeth, she is very harsh, opinionated, and doesn’t seem to be afraid of much. She is perceived as a strong woman. For example, when Macbeth announces that Duncan is coming and she goes right into “O, never shall sun that morrow see!” (1.6.71-72) meaning that she plans to kill him. She is also shown as someone that “wears the pants” in the marriage because she immediately goes into bossing Macbeth around and tell him what to do. For example, when she says, “Look like th’ innocent flower, but

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