All Hail Macbeth in Shakespeare's Play

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‘’All hail Macbeth’’ One first learns of Macbeth through the eyes of a wounded captain, reporting on what has happened on the battlefield. Macbeth is portrayed foremost as a couragious warrior, who has fought well and won for his king and country. It makes it seem as if Macbeth is a man with a good character. However, the events during the play causes this reasonably good man to become a ‘’tyrant, whose sole name blisters our tongues’’ At the beginning of the play, becoming the next king of Scotland has never even entered the mind of Macbeth. The ambitious character he is portrayed as does not come out until later in the play, after the all important event of the prophecy of the witches. This prophecy changes everything for Macbeth and dictates the entire play. The prophecy says speaks of Macbeth, ‘’that shalt be king hereafter’’ , as well as the next thane of Cawdor. Soon after he has heard the prophecy, he finds out that he is indeed been named the new thane of Cawdor. Macbeth, who at first did not really believe the prophecy, is now forced to reconsider. If one part of the prophecy is right, could the other parts of it come true as well? The prophecy is the first event of many on his road to becoming a tyrant. It forces the ‘’vaulting ambition’’ to come out. Without the prophecy, that trait might have stayed in the background. However, even after being named thane of Cawdor, Macbeth remains uncertain about what to do next. He writes about the events to his wife
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