Macbeth 's State Of Mind Slowly Deteriorates Throughout The Play

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In Shakespeare’s work, Macbeth, the protagonist’s state of mind slowly deteriorates throughout the play. Macbeth begins the play as a noble man, who is devoted in his service to the king. However, this changes drastically after he murders King Duncan in order to fulfill what he believes is his own destiny. Slowly, the wickedness of the act consumes him and he becomes nothing but a king sitting upon a throne of guilt. Macbeth starts the play as a loyal kingsman, willing to risk his life in order to protect the country. The first bit of information on Macbeth’s character is delivered by a wounded Captain, to King Duncan and his son Malcolm, he says: “Assisted by that most disloyal traitor, the Thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict” (I.ii.52-53). Macbeth, the leader of Duncan’s army, fought bravely for the King against Norwegian troops; he did so alongside the Thane of Cawdor, Macdonwald. Macbeth was clearly devoted to the crown as he was willing to put himself in danger to lead Duncan’s men. In addition to this, Macbeth had no tolerance to others who acted against the king. This is apparent when the aforementioned Captain states, “but all’s too weak, For brave Macbeth -- well he deserves that name -- Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel,” (I.ii.15-17) The Captain says this as Macdonwald was in actuality a “rebel”, who was assisting the Norwegian enemy. Macbeth, being true to his King, does the right thing and kills Macdonwald in battle himself. However, his…

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