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MacBeth - Attitude Changes In the tragic drama Macbeth written by William Shakespeare in 1606 during the English Renaissance the hero Macbeth constantly declines in his level of morality until his death at the end of the play Because of his change of character from good to evil Macbeths attitude towards other characters specifically Duncan Banquo Lady Macbeth and the witches is significantly affected The first of the four characters is Duncan Since Macbeth interacts with Duncan only a minimal amount before Duncans death Macbeths attitude towards him changes very rapidly Before Macbeth hears the witches first prophecy he is very close to Duncan and would never even think of doing something against him When the thought of murdering Duncan crosses his mind immediately after he finds that he has just been named Thane of Cawdor he cannot believe he yields to that suggestion Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs I iii 133-35 In scene 5 of act 1 however his vaulting ambition is starting to take over but partly because of his wifes persuasion He agrees that they must catch the nearest way 17 and kill Duncan that night On the other hand as the time for murder comes nearer he begins giving himself reasons not to murder Duncan First as I am his kinsman and his subject Strong both against the deed then as his host Who should against his murderer shut the door Not bear the knife myself I vii 13-16 When Lady Macbeth enters though she uses her cunning rhetoric and pursuasion techniques
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