Shakespeare's Macbeth

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William Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ has many characters. Some characters have main roles while others have minor roles. Some of the characters are flat with very little information revealed about them. Other characters are round with a lot of given information about their personality. There are also static characters that don’t experience change throughout the play while there are dynamic characters that experience plenty of change and a possible change in personality. Macbeth is a character who is not only round, but dynamic as well. He is multi-faceted and experiences personality changes during the play. There are several other characters that are both round and dynamic, but perhaps Macbeth is the character who experiences the most drastic changes. Macbeth starts out in the beginning of the play as a loyal nobleman of Duncan, the King of Scotland. But by the time the play is finished, Macbeth had turned on the very people who sung his praises after the war, murdered two of his closest allies, and ultimately died at the hands of another former ally. Many factors led to the demise of Macbeth, most self-inflicted, but it all began as he and Banquo, another Scottish nobleman were walking back to meet Duncan after they had defeated the Norwegians in battle. As Macbeth and Banquo were walking across the field, they encountered the three witches, or “weird sisters”, and they told Macbeth of future events that would impact him. They told him he would become Thane of Cawdor, "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" (Shakespeare, I, iii, 47), which King Duncan had already announced after hearing how Macbeth fought off the attacks. They also told him that he would become king, "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter" (I... ... middle of paper ..., he chooses to fight to the bitter end opposed to running like a coward. He fought Macduff, but Macduff finally defeated him, killed him, and cut off his head. So even though Macbeth had changed in some his personality traits and had become a self-indulging maniac, he was still a fighter. He earned great accolades for fighting and he died fighting. Even though he lost all his respect from other people, he was always a fighter. We witnessed one man's fall from a position of power to a man with nothing more than enemies and a corrupted soul. Macbeth went from being admired and well liked to being hated by most everybody. Greed, power, and self-gratification were behind the tragic fall of this once loyal nobleman. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. Macbeth Oxford School Shakesphere. Ed. Roma Gill, M.A. Cantab, and B. Litt. Oxon. New York: Oxford, UP, 2009. Print.

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