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In the play Macbeth by Shakespeare the main character Macbeth changes from a well-regarded and loyal soldier of the Scottish king to a murderous tyrant At the start of the play Macbeth is courageous ambitious superstitious and devoted to his wife These characteristics are shown through the victory against the rebels Macbeths trust in the witches and his letter to his wife In the second half of the play Macbeth becomes cruel and treacherous insecure and distant from Lady Macbeth The events that show this change are the murders Macbeth commits his voluntary return to the witches and his reaction to his wifes death One of the first events of the play occurs when King Duncans army led by Macbeth and Banquo defeat the rebels Macbeth fought ferociously risking his own life to save his country King Duncan praises noble Macbeth Macbeth is seen as a strong soldier who is loyal and courageous a truly heroic figure To Duncan he was the worthiest cousin to the wounded sergeant Valours minion to Banquo My noble partner King Duncan cannot reward him enough for all he has done More is thy due than more than all can payDuncan Act 1 Scene 4 Line 21 Macbeth is made Thane of Cawdor but begins to be tempted by his own vaulting ambition to become king Another characteristic of Macbeth is his striving ambition and curious nature which leads him and his partner Banquo to the witches who tell him a prophecy Banquo realizes that there must be a trick hidden in the witches prophecies but Macbeth refuses to accept it Macbeth allows the witches to influence him but Banquo does not This event showed that Macbeth was superstitious because he had some amount of trust for the witches The witches prophecies stroked the fires of his ambition to be king Macbeth was also devoted to his wife He shared all thoughts with his wife and
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