How does Macbeth's character change throughout the course of the play?

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Macbeth's character changes drastically throughout the course of the play. In the beginning scenes of the first act, Macbeth is shown as a loyal and ruthless fighter under King Duncan. Yet, once the witches meet Macbeth and Banquo and deliver the prophecies, the reader learns that Macbeth has ambition to be king, but a strong belief that "fate will crown" him if it is meant to be. Upon Macbeth's arrival home, his wife is able to convince him that killing the king is the best course of action. They plot and commit the murder together. Thus, the whole of act one demonstrates that Macbeth is a strong warrior with a belief in fate but also great ambitions for power, which Macbeth's domineering wife is able to prey upon.

As the play continues, Macbeth's ambitions but also his guilt giving way...

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