What is the difference in Macbeth's character from the beginning to the end?
Macbeth begins the play loyal to the king. He is, in fact, a true hero--one of the best soldiers in battle--and is rewarded by the king for his efforts. Even when he first hears of the possibility of becoming king, he hesitates to act against Duncan , remembering that Duncan has favored him (making him Thane of Cawdor), and thinks that he might become king by "chance." His ambivalence here suggests that the two sides of his character are at war. When he tells his wife that he doesn't want to harm Duncan, she pressures him, questioning his manhood and his faithfulness to her. He weakens and agrees to kill Duncan, but is seriously affected by the act--he says he is so guilty that...
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