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The Deterioration of Macbeth. (Metamorphosis of Macbeth)


Thomas Liu

on 2 May 2014

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Transcript of The Deterioration of Macbeth. (Metamorphosis of Macbeth)

Stage 2
"He's here in double trust: First, I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against this deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself."
(Act I, Sc. 7, Line 12 - 16)
Stage 5
"Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
(Act V, Sc. 5, Line 27 - 31)
Stage 4
"The very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand. And even now, to crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done: The castle of Macduff I will surprise, seize upon Fife, give to th'edge o'th' sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line."
(Act IV, Sc. 1, Line 167 - 174)
Stage 1
"For brave Macbeth, disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, Like valor's minion, carved out his passage till he faced the slave; which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, till he unseamed him from the nave to th' chops, and fixed his head upon our battlements."
(Act I, Sc. 2, Line 18 - 25)
Stage 3
"Always thought that I require a clearness. And with him to leave no rubs nor botches in the work - Fleance, his son, that keeps him company, whose absence is no less material to me than is his father's, must embrace the fate of that dark hour."
(Act III, Sc. 1, Line 151 - 157)
The Deterioration of Macbeth.
Initially, Macbeth was a hero to his country; a brave, noble warrior, willing to fight to his death, if it meant victory for his country Scotland. Loyal to King Duncan, he received a great deal of praise in return, and the idea of killing Duncan would never cross his mind.
After encountering the witches, and realizing that the prophecies they had given him were not lies, he began to work towards the third one: becoming the King of Scotland. The light in Macbeth began to slowly fade away, as darkness started engulfing his thoughts. Despite having second thoughts about murdering Duncan, Macbeth carries out the plan.
Following the murder of Duncan, it is clear that the light in Macbeth's heart is no longer present, as his morals are now gone. He has driven himself further into insanity, as he was willing to murder both Banquo, and his son Fleance, in order to solidify his title as the King of Scotland.
At this point in the play, it is apparent that Macbeth had not only lost all of his morals, but his ability to think, and reason as well. Macbeth has become insane, and irrational, as he orders the death of Macduff's family, without any sort of justification, despite them not being a threat to him.
Once the noble hero of Scotland, Macbeth no longer possesses that title, as he has evolved into a tyrant. At the end of the play, Macbeth had completely driven himself to insanity, and in the process, lost everything. All of Scotland had turned against him, and his downfall was near.
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