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Looking through the scenes of the play and finding the differences in characters I will map the changes of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth In the second scene of the play Macbeth is praised for being loyal brave and savage in battle by the sergeant and Ross Here Macbeths violence and killings are praised because they have preserved the rightful king Duncan is grateful to Macbeth and says when the treacherous Thane of Cawdor is captured he will be executed so awards Macbeth the title Thane of Cawdor The irony here is that Macbeth the new Thane will be even more treacherous In the next scene act 1 scene 3 after Macbeth meets the witches he tells us his thoughts in his first soliloquy He is already thinking of murder by himself without the witches giving him this idea But for the moment he views a murder as only fantastical meaning it only exists in his imagination He asks himself if the witches predictions were evil why have two good things they foresaw been true and if the predictions were good why is he reacting so violently to himself In act 1 scene 4 Duncan says that his eldest son Malcom will succeed him as king This is unconventional as the Thanes normally elect the king and Macbeth sees this as provocative To him Malcom is just another obstacle between himself and the throne Macbeth gives another soliloquy revealing his black and deep desires although he calls upon the stars to let not see them Macbeths mask of loyalty and honour hides these feelings from Duncan By this stage we know that Macbeths character is changing and his inner greed to have more power and be king is overcoming his loyal and brave personality To show his gratitude to Macbeth Duncan says he will visit him at his castle Doing this he gives Macbeth the perfect opportunity to for-fill his ambition In act 1
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