Macbeth- William Shakespeare
Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
Throughout the course of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ the reader sees a clear development in Darcy’s character. His character undergoes a very deep alteration. In ‘Macbeth’, Macbeth character develops throughout the play. Towards the beginning of ‘Macbeth’ his character is perceived as a brave and respectful warrior, yet further in the play the audience notices a change in his character. At first Macbeth comes across as an ambitious, impressive, honorable and very much loved character. However, following his meeting with the three witches Macbeth’s character changes and his faults become apparent- he is too obsessed with power and becomes too over-confident about his future. This meeting sets up a chain of events which leads Macbeth to murder the king of Scotland, and eventually concludes with his own death. Although in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Darcy’s character similarly does change from how he comes across at the beginning to how he is perceived at the end, although his character is very different to Macbeth’s. When Darcy first appears in the novel we are quickly able to create the image and personality of Darcy in our minds. These personality features are quickly formed into an arrogant, proud and vain man. As the novel progresses our thoughts and opinions of Darcy’s character change drastically. By the end of the novel the reader may feel sorry for Darcy. They may feel he’s misunderstood. His character has transformed, by the power of his love for Elizabeth, into one that shows caring, kindness and heroic behavior. Macbeth’s and Darcy’s character both change from beginning to end. Macbeth first appears as a loved, heroic character, just how Darcy is perceived at the end. Macbeth and Darcy seem to ‘flip’ characters, in such a way. Throughout ‘Macbeth’ the audience can see a clear change in Macbeth’s character. At the beginning of the play Macbeth comes across as a very brave and respected warrior. In Act 1 Scene 2, he is very highly looked up to by many people. This shows when a captain speaks about him saying “Brave Macbeth- Well he deserves that name.” Even at the very beginning of the play people are commenting on his bravery including the king and many other high status people. This shows many people are aware of his bravery and courage and he’s already made a good name for himself. Although with his strong determination he craves power and high status, as the play progresses the audience can easily notice the development of his character from the brave warrior into a sinful, disloyal, devious, self-obsessed character.
Act 1 Scene 3 shows Macbeth is very respected by many important people. He gets crowned ‘Thane of Cawdor’, just after being told by the witches that this will happen. Ross, greets him with “Hail most worthy thane…” This shows even though he’s just been crowned a thane and the other thanes have had that title for a longer period of time, they have just has much respect him for him as they do for one another. They believe he will be a good loyal person for this title. Later in the play, Act 1 Scene 7 shows a more ambitious side to Macbeth. Whilst debating whether or not to go through with the murder of King Duncan, he says “I have no spur to prick the side of my intent, but only vaulting ambition…” We realize from the speech that he does not want to commit to the murder, even though he still really wants the power of being King. His ambition to rule the country overcomes his conscience and drives him on to carry out the murder of the king Duncan, the King of his country. From as early in the play as Act 1 scene 7 we see a devious and disloyal and selfish side to Macbeth. After convincing himself- with the help of Lady Macbeth- to go through with the killing of King Duncan, we start to see one of the biggest changes in...