Describe how Macbeth changes:Act I- who he isAct II- who he is becomingAct III- who he becomesPlease give as much information as possible its an essay question and due tomorrow :(

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I know its later than you wanted, but here's the break down.

In Act I, Macbeth is a brave, loyal subject under King Duncan. He has been fighting in battle with Duncan, and is already the Thane of Glamis. Duncan's willingness to give Macbeth the title of the Thane of Cawdor shows the trust Duncan has in Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth's explanation that Macbeth has the ambition but not the heart to be king reinforces Macbeth's submission to Duncan.

In Act II, Macbeth's ambition begins hardening him to those he was once loyal to. With his wife, he murders Duncan. He feels guilty, but sees the end result of being king, and puts his conscious aside. He also lets Malcolm and Donalbain take the blame for the murder, showing his gradual hardening.

By Act III, Macbeth has become the major conspirator. He seeks Banquo and Fleance's lives in order to protect his throne. He also manipulates the murderers on his own. By this point, Lady Macbeth isn't even aware of Macbeth's actions. He has become a heartless villain