William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - Changes Over The Course Of Five Acts

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How Macbeth Changed Throughout the Shakespeare play Macbeth, the main character changes over the course of five acts. In the beginning, Macbeth could be considered a hero, following his duty as a soldier and killing people for the sake of his king. Yet after meeting the three witches, whose prophecies would eventually lead him to murder King Duncan, he changes. Throughout each act, Macbeth 's character gets darker and darker, going from someone who only killed when it was required of him to someone who killed to get what he wanted. At first, he is totally against the idea of murdering his king, thinking it as something blasphemous and, in an aside, he rebuts himself for even considering it. His wife, though, convinces him it is a good idea, and by the end of the second act, King Duncan is dead and Macbeth is being crowned the new king of Scotland. By act three, Macbeth has chosen to have Banquo murdered, a friend of his and someone whose descendants will be king for generations. Once Banquo is murdered, during a dinner party, Macbeth begins seeing the ghost of Banquo, and Lady Macbeth sends their guests away, fearing that thanks to his hallucinations that he will give away the fact that he was the one who had murdered Duncan. In act four, Macbeth has Macduff 's family killed because he fears the man 's treason, and in act five, he realizes that he has no hope in beating Macduff in battle, yet he continues fighting, even while he knows he has no hope in winning. In scene…

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