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The Development of MacBeths Character Through Act 1 Initially we see Macbeth as a valiant heroic powerful solider his conduct on the battlefield described vividly by a wounded captain returning from the battleFor brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name Macbeths actions on the battlefield show us another side to his character we see a ruthless cold-blooded man that shows no morality towards the victims of his sword His sword is described as brandished steel which smoked with bloody execution this imagery tool gives us the romantic impression of Macbeth slaying so many soldiers that his sword was hot with the work he had done Barbarity is also portrayed in the description given by the captain as he tells of the precise undertakings of Macbeths killings He unseamed him from the nave to thchaps and fixed his head upon the battlements Duncan then describes Macbeth as valiant cousin worthy gentleman This description promoted a apprehensive image in my eyes as before Macbeth had been epitomized a barbaric soldier showing no mercy but now he is being praised by the King of Scotland for his actions Macbeths barbarism is yet again portrayed when we are told of how he treats his victims fixed his head upon our battlements Macbeths does this to show his worthiness of victory and to prove to everyone on the battlefield who is the bravest This exemplifies Macbeths ruthless character capable of killing in single combat The captain also talks of Macbeth and Banquos ferocity as he describes them ascannons overcharged with double cracks depicting Macbeth and Banquos aggressiveness and their lust for blood Macbeth is described asBellonas bridegroom a quote displaying Macbeth as the bridegroom of the Goddess of war This tells us that to be the bridegroom of the Goddess of war you need to be as warlike as her Macbeths encounter with the three witches is the source of his murderous intent he starts to become more
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