With this alliteration used by Shakespeare, we note the paradoxical formula which summaries Macbeth’s world and also the character of the protagonist; Macbeth is both "foul and fair", both "villain and heroic". 4- From the beginning of the play, Macbeth demonstrates a fair amount of heroism, winning the battle against the rebel Macdonwald and the invading Norwegian king. Macbeth has fought bravely and courageously in the service of his king. We hear about Macbeth even before we meet him, in Act 1 Scene 1, when the third witch says: "there to meet with Macbeth". In the scene with the captain, we hear that Macbeth is like a hero and is faithful to his king (Act 1 Scene 1.. Duncan: "O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman").
Act 1, scene 1 Theres a storm and at the Scottish moor three witches appear from out of the storm. They make plans to meet again at the heath, after the battle, to confront Macbeth. As soon as they arrive and discuss they’re plans, they leave. Act 1, scene 2 At Forres, King Duncan of Scotland asks an injured captain about news about the Scots’ battle. The captain replies that the Scottish generals Macbeth and Banquo fought with amazing courage and violence.
On his return from the battlefield, Macbeth meets three witches. The predictions told by the three witches spark Macbeth’s change. The second witch ignites Macbeth’s ambition when she foretells of his upcoming role as Thane by saying, “All hail, Macbeth, Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!” (I,iii,52). The third witch foretells of his upcoming role as king when she says, “All hail, Macbeth, That shalt be king hereafter!”(I,iii 53). When Macbeth learns that the first prediction has come true and he is given the title of Thane, the prediction of the third witch looks possible.
Macbeth hears some juxtapose news that gives him a reckless attitude. In the end, he is defeated by Macduff. Keeping in mind what the witches first said to Macbeth, this truly was the start to his journey of evolving into a cruel tyrant. When Macbeth tells his wife, she encourages him to take action, and the reader gets a snowball effect until Macbeth has finally gone full tyrant by murdering Macduff’s wife and children. Macbeth possibly never would have killed King Duncan to begin with if it wasn’t for the three witches’
When Macbeth meets with the witches they tell him two things - 1. Thane of Cawdor will be his title and 2. here will be King hereafter. In the letter that Macbeth wrote to his wife he wrote, "The witches saluted me with 'Hail, King thou shalt be'". This shows that like most people of the time, he believed the witches and had a desire to make them come true. In saying this, Macbeth comes to knowledge that he could murder Duncan and be promoted to King.
The first appearance of ambition is when Macbeth and Banquo stumble across the three witches upon a heath and tell them of their future. In Act 1 Scene 3 the witches give Macbeth a premonition; “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, that shalt be king hereafter”, this premonition given by the witches at first confuse Macbeth until Ross and Angus later enter and announce Macbeth as the Thane of Cawdor which at first Macbeth and Banquo do not fully comprehend, believing that the Thane of Cawdor is a servant of the king and a good man but it comes clear once they are told of his treachery and his mind moves to the to what the third witch said to him about him becoming king. Just before this Banquo, after Macbeth was told what was to come to him, Banquo asks what will happen to him.
The Captain spoke to King Duncan about the course and outcome of the battles. The Captain describe Macbeth threw himself into the middle of the fray, and came out the winner all across the board for his King and his country. The Captain said he was “like valor’s favourite, he slashed his way until he faced the villain”. Duncan described Macbeth as noble and worthy of the title Thane of Cawdor. 4.
However, our opinion of him quickly changes in Act I Scene III when his true ambitions are revealed after an encounter with three witches and he soon learns that he himself will become king one day. During this key scene we see a seed planted into Macbeth’s mind which leads him into taking a murderous path. Through analysis and evaluation of these key scenes and in particular the characterisation of Macbeth, I will show how our view of him significantly changes throughout the entire play. In Act I Scene II we are led to believe that Macbeth’s character is a noble and loyal servant to his king as we hear of his courageous action on the battlefield: “For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name…” This is the first time we get a true in site into Macbeth’s character and we are told of his courageousness in battle. Shakespeare’s use of the word “brave” is used to give us a false impression of Macbeth’s true self.
Main Body Shakespeare and Orwell both reveal their characters’ sheer thirst for power in different manners. Shakespeare discloses Macbeth’s interest in maximum power very promptly. Act 1 uncovers Macbeths supernatural encounter with the three witches. This encounter unravels Macbeths growing desire to clinch the title of King- the superlative power: “Speak, imperfect creatures! Tell me more!” The exclamatory features in this sentence help us as readers to realise Macbeths anxious mind set and his enthusiasm for finding out more.
Macbeth was given a set of prophecies by the witches, saying he would eventually become king; “All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter.” (AI.SIII.L48). This prophecy plagued Macbeth and subsequently encouraged his murder of king Duncan which then lead to his