Transformation from "Brave Macbeth to "This dead Butcher"
William Shakespeare's play "MacBeth" tells the story of Macbeth change from a brave general, to a vicious murderer. At the start of the play Macbeth is acknowledge by the king as a brave and honourable general, after he heard of Macbeth's great victory in the battlefield. He promotes Macbeth to Thane of Cawdor, which was still unknown by both Macbeth and Banquo when they came across the three weird sisters.
"All Hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Cawdor" (I:III:51)
"All Hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter" (I:III:53) Macbeth was sceptical about these prophecies, however developed faith in them when Ross, following the king's orders titles him Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth does not let on to anyone about his ever-increasing desire to become king.
"If chance will have me king, why chance will crown me." (I:III:154) Macbeth tells his lady about the prophecies and she is instantly enthusiastic about the prospect of Macbeth becoming king.
"Great Glamis, Worthy Cawdor! Greater than both by the all-hail
hereafter! Thy letters have transported me beyond this ignorant present
and I feel now the future is an instant." (I:V:58)
Macbeth's desire turns to an obsession and with lady Macbeth; they make plans to assassinate king Duncan. Macbeth's strong conscience overpowers his obsession and he resigns from the fatal ploy. He sees a vision of a dagger drifting in the direction of Duncan's room, which convinces him to take part in the sinful act of murder.
"False face must hide what the false heart doth know." (I:VII:92) Macbeth is discomforted and confused after the murder of Duncan, but does not express his emotions to anyone. Malcolm
and Donalbain Duncan's sons in fear for their
lives flee the country, leaving Macbeth to assume the role as king. After reigning as king for a little while, Macbeth becomes concerned with the continuation of his supremacy. The weird sisters spoke of...
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