Macbeth's Dramatic Character Changes

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Justin Williams
Mrs. Haworth
English IV
1 December 2011
Macbeth’s Dramatic Character Changes Leading to His Downfall
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic hero is shown in the main character of Macbeth. As in many of Shakespeare’s works, he uses a tragic hero to tell a story. The character of Macbeth changes dramatically as the play goes on. In the beginning he has a great social status and is a liked character by his peers. However, in a chain of events that status is quickly removed. As the play progresses Macbeth goes from a loyal character to a dangerous on because of his rising ambition for power, and his wife’s influence on his actions. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen much differently than he is by the end of the play. His social status is high because he is the Thane of Glamis and Cowder, and people like him because he is trustworthy and proven in battle. The King of Scotland says, “What be hath lost, noble Macbeth hat won” (1.2. 67). Through this quote it shows that the king holds Macbeth in high regard and trusts him. The King of Scotland is Duncan, Macbeth’s best friend, who he later betrays. During the beginning of the play Macbeth is very loyal to Duncan and would do anything he asked of him. However, this all begins to halt when Macbeth starts to think selfishly. As the beginning of the play develops further, he starts to have a much larger urge to be king. He begins to have violent dreams and starts to think of ways to make himself king. Macbeth’s character begins to change dramatically with the heavy influence from his wife, Lady Macbeth. When Macbeth’s stature and self-control starts to dwindle it is apparent that Lady Macbeth is the root of it. After the witches talk to Macbeth, it is realized that the death of Duncan is the only hope for Macbeth to become king. As soon as this is realized, Lady Macbeth starts to take charge and
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