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In William Shakespeares The Tragedy of Macbeth Macbeth the protagonist undergoes a series of character changes As the situation intensifies and he grows increasingly confident with using and even abusing his power he resorts to progressively more drastic actions Macbeths motivation changes from simple ambition to necessity and finally ruthless desperation or remote insanity On his return home from dutifully defending his beloved king Duncan Macbeth is informed of three prophecies by three witches These imperfect speakers great him with the titles Thane of Glamis Thane of Cawdor and King At this point in time Macbeths imagination is first awakens and he begins to wonder if such a think might ever befall him as a reality Shortly after this encounter with the witches Macbeth is greeted with his new title Thane of Cawdor because of the treachery from the last one It is evident at this point that Macbeths thoughts have shifted to the possibilities that his new title infers when he says This supernatural soliciting Cannot be ill cannot be good If ill Why hath it given me earnest of success Commencing in a truth I am Thane of Cawdor During the celebration of Macbeths valiant victory and his newly earned title Duncan announces the Prince of Cumberland or next heir to the thorn Macbeths reaction demonstrates his new impulse The Prince of Cumberland That is a step on which I must fall down or else oerleap For in my way it lies Later that evening while planning the murder of Kind Duncan Macbeth explains his only reason for his upcoming act of treachery is his ambition to become king That tears shall drown the wind I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent but only Vaulting ambition which oerleaps itself And falls on th other--- After Duncans murder Macbeth becomes aware of the many errors in the way in which he killed the king He realizes that in
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