what is goodIn Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the main character Macbeth changes tremendously throughout the play. It is as if he is playing two characters. At the beginning of the play he portrays a noble honest man. Then he turns into a selfish, arrogant, liar. He leads everyone into believing he is not the murderer of King Duncan. In all reality Macbeth is the most responsible for the death of King Duncan. Though spurred on by Lady Macbeth, Macbeth must be held accountable for his own actions, especially once murder becomes his answer to any and all problems.
Because we first hear of Macbeth described by the account of his battlefield valor, our initial impression is of a brave and capable warrior. This perspective is complicated, however, once we see Macbeth interact with the three witches. We realize that his physical courage is joined by a consuming ambition and a tendency to self-doubt. Thebrings him joy, but it also creates inner turmoil. These three attributes bravery, ambition, and self-doubt struggle to control Macbeth throughout the play. Shakespeare uses Macbeth to show the terrible effects that ambition and guilt can have on a man who lacks strength of character.
The next thing we know, he agrees to the murder of King Duncan. And because Duncan's two sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, flee for safety, Macbeth is quickly crowned king. Was this how the Weird Sisters saw the future playing out? Did Macbeth have a choice in the matter, or was all of this predetermined? To the last question, I would say no. Macbeth had a choice; but weak from his own ambition and pushed by his wife's words and actions; he chooses to take the