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The Changing Character of Macbeth The story of Macbeth has many Shakespearean characters that could compare to the reader Macbeth compared the most to the reader because of his ambition to become king In the beginning of the play Macbeth is shown as being greatly admired and who possess a strong character Webster 706 As the play progressed Macbeths personality and actions become more devious leading to his destruction Macbeths changing character over the course of the play can be seen as him being a general through his ambitions to be king and as a husband towards Lady Macbeth The first example of the changing character of Macbeth is evident in his role as a general As the play begins Macbeth is a brave general well respected by his peers The captain returning from the battle reports But alls too weak for brave Macbeth Shakespeare 12 17-18 The people trust Macbeths strength and depend on him However as the play continues Macbeth becomes useless as a general He becomes fearful at the sight of Banquos ghost Macbeth tried to pretend to appear brave by saying Thou canst say I did it Never shake thy gory locks at me Shakespeare 3461-62 In this quote Macbeth is showing paranoia a truly fearless general would not have fearful visions of those they have murdered Macbeths sinful deeds not only lead him to be fearful but cornered as well The second example of the changing character of Macbeth is his ambition to become king When Duncan named Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland Macbeth decided to murder Duncan so that he could become King of Scotland When Duncan arrived at Inverness Macbeth controlled his ambition for the time being and did not kill him But then Lady Macbeth called Macbeth a coward and forced him to kill Duncan After Macbeth finally murdered Duncan he entered into a life of evilness Macbeth killed Banquo because of his ambition to
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