"MacBeth" - Character Changes.

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"This dead butcher and his fiend like queen", is the way in which

Malcolm describes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Describe the way in which

these two characters changed during the course of the play.

At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen as a courageous

soldier who is loyal to the King but is corrupted from the witch's

prophecies and by his and Lady Macbeth's ambition. This is because of

the weakness of Macbeth's character and the strong power of Lady

Macbeth and how she is easily able to influence him. Her strength

motivates him at the start but after he realises what he has done it

is himself that continues in his murderous, bloody path. At the

beginning of the play Lady Macbeth appears as a kind wife of Macbeth's

but underneath lies a scheming and treacherous woman.

In the beginning of the play Macbeth is a strong soldier who

fights for the King without mercy but his strive for ambition and his

curious nature leads him to the witches who give him a prophecy.

Banquo realises that there must be a trick hidden in the witch's

prophecies somewhere but Macbeth refuses to accept that, and when Lady

Macbeth finds out about the witches her strong desire for ambition and

her cold nature leads Macbeth astray. Macbeth is a little ambitious

at first, but Lady Macbeth's far exceeds his and so she is able to get

Macbeth to agree with her to kill King Duncan. Macbeth still has a

conscience at this stage because he is very hesitant about killing the

King but his weak nature over comes him. He has a conscience

throughout the entire play as this is seen by the hallucinations of

the dagger and the ghost of Banquo and his vivid...