Describe Macbeth's character development.

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We can chart Macbeth's descent into absolute moral corruption by the way the murders for which he is responsible are shown (or not shown, as the case may be) to the audience. For example, Macbeth kills during battle, but these killings all take place far offstage and in the context of a battle (which seems to excuse them to a certain extent). We hear of them only, never seeing them or any evidence of them. The next killing, of King Duncan, Macbeth's friend, guest, and kinsman, takes place just offstage, and, this time, the audience actually sees the blood on Macbeth's hands and hears about it from his own lips. It is a brutal murder, death by stabbing, and the audience feels much nearer to it, increasing its horror. The next murder and attempted murder of Banquo and Fleance, respectively, take place onstage, for the first time, and the audience actually watches as Banquo is cruelly killed and as the murderers try to kill his young son as well. That we actually see this murder and that it includes an...

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