The Change of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

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The Change of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play Throughout the preliminary scenes of the tragedy the character of Macbeth is portrayed as a brave and noble soldier. He does not seem the kind of man who could come up with the ludicrous notion of committing such a horrifying act as murder. However we soon witness “brave Macbeth” rapidly propelled into the obscure world of darkness and evil. Overwhelming confirmation that Macbeth has succumbed to the witches’ prophecies arrives when Macbeth reveals “the greatest is behind”. We also witness the transformation from a brave and admired gentleman to a traitorous villain. His downfall is caused by his strong and powerful “vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself” to succeed in becoming king and his wife, Lady Macbeth’s, incessant goading. Macbeth’s personal obsession over the kingship eventually shows a certain kind of egotism. Ultimately Macbeth, the man once looked upon by king Duncan as a “valiant cousin and worthy gentleman”, and Lady Macbeth, are, in the concluding paragraphs of the play, described as a “dead butcher and his fiend-like queen”. Preceding the unlawful death of the king, Macbeth stated understandable uncertainties about committing such a crime, which indicates he has a sensible mind and conscience and is not lacking in morals. On the night on which Macbeth is supposed to be perpetrating the “bloody business” he is still expressing strong doubts. The assassinator expressed great guilt that Duncan was staying over night at his castle “in double trust”. Macbeth articulated how as Duncan’s “kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; the... ... middle of paper ... ...fe. Her behaviour goes downhill from there on and concludes in her committing suicide. In general both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have, by the end of the play, altered so much that you would hardly recognise them as the two characters that we perceived at the beginning of the tragedy. Macbeth appeared as a brave soldier who we witnessed turn into pure evil personified. Lady Macbeth began the play as a dominant, strong and independent woman and concludes the play as a pathetic, fragile creature. Both characters received the titles of a “dead butcher and his fiend like queen”. As a reader we cannot help but feel some compassion towards both central protagonists, however, it seems that both characters deserved their fate as we observe what happens when you choose the wrong path and descend into the world of darkness.

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