Macbeth Disrespected Tyrant Analysis

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An important character in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is Macbeth because he changes. We see Macbeth changing as he progresses from an honourable hero to a disrespected tyrant, through his relationship with Lady Macbeth, and through his viewpoint on killing those close to him. One example of Macbeth changing is how his status changes from the honourable hero to a disrespected tyrant. In the beginning, Macbeth is a noble hero. I know this because in Act 1 Scene 2, Duncan says “Noble Macbeth hath won” and, “O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman.” This shows us that Macbeth was portrayed as a highly respected hero who everyone seems to be looking up to. Towards the end of the play, Macbeth’s reputation as the ‘hero’ seems to have vanished as he now…show more content…
In the beginning, Lady Macbeth was the dominant person in their relationship as she could manipulate him into doing her dirty work. An example of this is when she convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan in Act 1 Scene 7 saying “ Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would,” Like the poor cat i’ th’ adage?” Macbeth was reluctant towards killing Duncan but Lady Macbeth was able to persuade him to do so by using tactics like calling him a coward and even mocking his manhood which, to a man like Macbeth, is powerful because his rank and reputation depends on his courage and masculinity . After Macbeth becomes king, Lady Macbeth is rarely seen in the play and is left out of his plans like killing Banquo, showing us that he no longer needs her dominance, is starting to forget her, and cares less about her. Eventually, Lady Macbeth commits suicide due to the guilt of her crimes, but Macbeth, in Act 5 Scene 5 only replies with “She would of died hereafter.” Saying, she would have died anyway, signifies to us that Macbeth cares little about her, that he maybe even seem annoyed at her, wishing she could of died at a time where there wasn’t as much to be worried about or when there was one less problem. Going from a caring partner to a careless one is the second way Macbeth changes and an eye opener to the type of person one may become in a relationship after attaining great importance or a highly ranked
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