Macbeth goes from hero to tyrannical coward.
At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a brave and loyal soldier. The sergeant sings his praises to Duncan, who calls him valiant.
For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,(20)
Like valor's minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave (Act 1, Scene 2)
As it turns out, Macbeth is meeting with the Weird Sisters at about this time. They tell him that he will be promoted, and will become king. Macbeth laughs it off, and even wonders why he is being called Thane of Cawdor, but he clearly is thinking about it. We can tell by his reaction when Duncan names Malcolm his successor.
The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step(55)
On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires:
The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.(60) (Act 1,...
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