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MacBeths Transformation

In the Shakspearean play "Macbeth", the main character goes through a total change of character. Macbeth begins as a brave and heartful person. As the play progresses, Macbeth's personality and actions become more deceitful leading to his death. Macbeth's changing character over the course of the play can be seen in his roles a general, husband and a king.First, Macbeth's changing character is evident in his role as a general. As the play begins, he is a brave general, well respected by his peers. The captain returning from battle reports of this saying, "But all's too weak; for brave Macbeth (he deserves that name)" (1.2. 17-18) Duncan later confers his title as king of Scotland, claiming, "No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest. Go, pronounce his present death, and with his former title, greet Macbeth". (1.3.73-76) These people trust in his strength and depend on him. However, as the play continues, Macbeth becomes ineffective as a general. He becomes fearful at the sight of Banquo's ghost. He pretends to appear brave by saying, "Thou canst say I did it. Never shake thy gory locks at me," (3.4.61-62) Macbeth is showing paranoia, a truly fearless General would not have fearful visions of those they have murdered. Macbeth's sinful deeds not only lead him to be fearful but cornered as well. Siward, Malcolm and Macduff reveal Macbeth's secret murders. Now that Macbeth's secrets are out and he has no where to hide, he has to face MacDuff and meet his destiny. (5.8)Macbeth's changing character is evident not only in his role as a general, but also in his role as a husband. Macbeth tells his wife everything and confides in her via letter. (1.5.1-14) He shares his most intimate feelings and secret plans. Macbeth even calls his wife "my dearest partner of greatness". (1.5.11) This proves the affection and trust he has in Lady Macbeth. When Macbeth really needs someone to turn to, near the end of the play, he grows dis...

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