Macbeth Change in Personality

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Macbeth is a very complex character. His personality changes drastically from the beginning of the play to the end of the play. Macbeth constantly declines in his level of morality until his death at the end of the play. His change of character from good to evil and Macbeth 's attitude towards other characters, specifically Duncan, Banquo, Lady Macbeth is significantly affected. Macbeth interacts with Duncan only a minimal amount before Duncan 's death; Macbeth 's attitude towards him changes very rapidly. Before Macbeth hears the witches ' first prophecy, he is very close to Duncan, and would never even think of doing something against him. When the thought of murdering Duncan crosses his mind immediately after he finds that he has just…show more content…
He realizes that Banquo is a threat to him and could ruin his chance of acquiring the throne; Banquo was with Macbeth when the witches gave him the three prophecies. The witches also gave Banquo prophecies saying that the throne will pass onto Banquo 's sons, therefore, Macbeth must eliminate all possible threats: Banquo and his son, Fleance. The killing of Banquo by Macbeth shows extreme selfishness; he cannot bear to see even his best friend 's sons succeed him on the throne. However, a more important reason that Macbeth kills Banquo is because of Banquo 's suspicion of him, and what Banquo will do to him once he finds out for sure that Macbeth has committed the murder of Duncan. One can see that Macbeth becomes extremely harsh if he wants his way. He will go to horrid extremes just so that he does not have to live his kingship in fear but instead in safety. Lady Macbeth interacts with Macbeth a considerable amount, and influences him greatly. He and his wife as a pair are dangerous because his ambition combined with her bloodiness can cause fatal situations. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have a close relationship until they started falling into a state of near-despair after the murder of Banquo and Macduff 's wife and son. At this point, they have started to separate a great deal. He feels so little towards her that when he is informed that she has just died, he just brushes it off as if it was another traitor. His loss of
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