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What was Macbeth like at the beginning of the play?

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laura321 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted February 21, 2007 at 7:36 PM via web

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What was Macbeth like at the beginning of the play?

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 22, 2007 at 12:10 AM (Answer #1)

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At the beginning of the play Macbeth has won recognition for his bravery in battle and his defeat of the King of Norway and the rebellious Macdonwald. He is described as brave and fearless, and he is yet to become ambition. In fact, when the witches first give him his prophesy he is confused rather than extatic. THis of course quickly change as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become more and more ambitious, power being their ultimate goal.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 12, 2007 at 10:44 PM (Answer #1)

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Macbeth was a powerful warrior and a loyal subject of the king. However, since he changes so much and so quickly in response to the prophecy, we can also suspect his character is malleable.

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