Declline of Macbeth from Noble Hero to Ruthless Tyrant

Declline of Macbeth from Noble Hero to Ruthless Tyrant

  • Submitted By: nishatb
  • Date Submitted: 07/19/2008 4:23 PM
  • Category: English
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In the opening of the play, the writer shows the reader a preiview of Macbeths character when the soldiers say "brave Macbeth", from this we know that he is a famous and noble man

When we first meet Macbeth he is with Banquo and they run into the three withces who greet Macbeth with the following titles
"All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, All hail MAcbeth, that shalt be king hereafter".
After Macbeth hears the witches, a part of him dose not believe that the prophecy can be possible because someone is already Thane of Cawdor, someone is already king and he has an heir in his son Malcolm. However, he knows he will inherit the title of Thane of Glamis.

Macbeth started to believe the possibility of the witches prediction coming true when he discovered the king had ordered the Thane of Cawdor to be tried and punished for commiting treason. As predicted, Macbeth was to be the next Thane of Cawdor. This episode led to Macbeth fantasising about succeeding the king.
"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir".
It was at this point, I believe, the once noble hero began to transform into a man possessed by his greed for power.

Macbeth suspected the prophecy to be false when the king announced his son, Malcolm, to be the next in line to take over the throne. This is where Macbeth consults Lady Macbeth and together they scheme to kill the king and Malcolm. Lady Macbeth however is doubtful about whether Macbeth can carry out the plan because she thinks that he cannot murder someone who has been kind to him.
"It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way"
Lady Macbeth believes that he does not want to become king as much as she does and she will stop at nothing until he is made king, one example of this is when she questions his manhood.
"When you durst do it, then you were a man;And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man".
I think that Macbeth then...

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