Essay on Hero, Villain, or Both: The Transformation of Macbeth

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In the play Macbeth, we witness Macbeth transform from an honest, courageous human to a dark, dishonest man who is full of greed and craves power. Various acts of loyalty and betrayal take place throughout the play, and these acts help pave the way for the rest of the plot. We witness a series of betrayals that act similar to that of unsteady building blocks, with each betrayal adding more consequence and weight to the next until they all crumble back down. This was the case with Macbeth, where he would betray his old friends and essentially ruin their lives, until eventually, these betrayals returned the favor. All of Macbeth’s betrayals prove to be of paramount importance, as each one will change the terrain of the play drastically. The …show more content…
However, soon after, upon the witches arrival, Macbeth will experience a metamorphose of his character that will alter the course of the play and the character of Macbeth. Macbeth’s lust for the throne increases every time he considers the opportunity to become King. The witches conversation to Macbeth about him becoming King is the tipping point to Macbeth’s future actions. After hearing these conversations, Macbeth ponders about how, one who is simply a nobleman, could rise up into the prestigious position of King. Macbeth thinks to himself, “If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me, without my stir?”(1.3 ll. 144) Macbeth has the attitude of letting fate take its course. He wonders how he could become King without his own interference, and that the position of King will come to him without any of his own actions. As time progresses, and aided by the sly thoughts of Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s loyalty eventually begins to shift to thoughts of betrayal. He begins to reach the point where assassination becomes a reality. He has changed from a man who would never think about committing the slightest of crimes, to one who would consider murdering his beloved King. He talks to himself, as if to try and consider his options, “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well It were done

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