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Essay on The Transformation of Macbeth

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A man of dignity and intrepidity, Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the tragic play “Macbeth” had once embodied these majestic traits and left others around him awestruck in merely inspiration, yearning to echo his footsteps. His courageous escapades had also succeeded in winning over King Duncan of Scotland during a battle in which he defeated King Sweno of Norway. Yet, farther into the play, Macbeth’s character seemingly transforms into a man of ruthlessness and vulnerability. He becomes a “tragic hero” after his confrontation with the witches, the stern lectures of his wife (Lady Macbeth), and ultimately, the immoral human nature of greed. Prior to the first meeting with the witches, Macbeth led King Duncan’s forces with the aid of his friend,…show more content…
The first battle victory and meeting with the witches in Macbeth initiates the downward spiral of Macbeth’s life and those around him. Although Macbeth does not fully place his confidence in the witches’ premonitions, he questions why they would hail him as the Thane of Glamis in reason that he currently holds that title. Yet, subsequent to the meeting with Ross and Angus, Macbeth learns that he is to be the Thane of Cawdor: the Second Witch’s prediction. Although he gradually begins to seriously consider the events of the first meeting with the witches, Macbeth wholeheartedly accepts their peculiar insights by their second meeting. “Though you untie the winds and let them fight/…Even till destruction sicken, answer me/ To what I ask you” portrays his obvious desperation to be known of his future, regardless of the consequences for his actions. Ensuing the first meeting, Macbeth’s personality underwent a significant transformation resulting in a character of increased anxiety and paranoia. A true symbol of feminism in the Elizabethan era, Lady Macbeth is one of the various catalysts that propel Macbeth into murdering those around him for the sake of gaining the crown. Before the banquet Macbeth and his wife had set up for Duncan at their castle, Macbeth convinces himself not to kill Duncan because he had “borne his faculties so meek” and had been “so clear in his great office” that if he were to actually die, numerous of people would become desolate and
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