How Macbeth changes throughout the play
In the play Macbeth, the audience can see how the character of Macbeth changes throughout the play, both morally and physically. After the witches ignite his ruthlessness using the prophecies, we see how his evil side develops, eventually conquering his conscience. He changes from being a virtuous and noble hero to an arrogant maniac. Alongside his character, his relationship with his wife also changes from lady Macbeth dominating his life and his decisions, to her playing a small part in his life. Para 1
At the start of the play, “noble Macbeth” is portrayed as a “valor’s minion”. The wounded “sergeant” describes him as “brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name”. "Valour's minion" (the servant of Courage) and "Bellona's bridegroom" (the husband of War) emphasize Macbeth's bravery. His strength is shown by the captain's detailed report of the “broil”. He didn’t just kill Macdonald; he "unseam'd him from the nave to the chops, / and fix'd his head upon our battlements" Even his wife knows how noble Macbeth is, as she describes him as being “full o' the milk of human kindness” Para 2
However, in act 1 scene 3, the prophecies of the “weird sisters” have a powerful effect on Macbeth, for Banquo asks him “why do you start and seem to fear”? This shows that he is having evil thoughts already, at the prospect of gaining more power.
We know he still is noble because he is skeptical of the witches’ prophecies at first, thinking that becoming king is “not within the prospect of belief”, but that changes when he finds out that he is the thane of Cawdor. He now thinks that the witches prophecies are true and “the greatest is behind”, and his mind troubles him as he “[yields] to that suggestion” of murdering Duncan. This shows he is easily tempted and persuaded by evil forces, at the thought of becoming more powerful. Still, Macbeth is shown as having a conscience as he knows that the prophecies ”cannot be ill,...
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