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Macbeth written by William Shakespeare is one of literatures greatest tragedies Shakespeare wrote the play in 1605 and based it on events that took place in eleventh century Scotland It is one of his best plays and is still studied around the world The play focuses on the character Macbeth During the course of the play Macbeth changes from noble to guilt-ridden and finally to evil Macbeth shows his nobility in the early scenes of the play After a fierce battle one of King Duncans captains tells the king of Macbeths great fighting skill and valor in killing one of the kings enemies Macdonwald Act I Scene 2 Lines 16-24 This shows Macbeths bravery Later King Duncan states What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath wonAct I Scene 2 Line 67 King Duncan is referring to the title Thane of Cawdor which he gives to Macbeth as a result of the previous holders treachery Macbeth asks why he has been dressed in borrowed robes Act I Scene 3 Lines 109-110 With that statement Macbeth shows that he does not desire another persons position Macbeths guilt-ridden conscience begins to appear after his murder of Duncan Shortly after Macbeth finds that he cannot say amen after one of the kings guards cried God bless us Act II Scene 2 Lines 26-29 Macbeth feels he has done an unforgivable crime and can no longer refer to God Not much later Macbeth claims to have heard a voice cry Sleep no moreAct II Scene 2 Line 34 Macbeths conscience will no longer allow him to sleep peacefully He later states Will all great Neptunes ocean wash this blood clean from my hand NoAct II Scene 2 Lines 59-60 Macbeth feels that nothing could clear his guilty conscience In the latter stages of the play Macbeth becomes evil Macbeth fells threatened by Banquo and employs murderers to kill his former friend Act III Scene 1 Macbeth has
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