Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is one of literature's greatest tragedies. Shakespeare wrote the play in 1605 and based it on events that took place in eleventh century Scotland. It is one of his best plays and is still studied around the world. The play focuses on the character Macbeth. During the course of the play, Macbeth changes from noble, to guilt-ridden, and finally to evil.
Macbeth shows his nobility in the early scenes of the play. After a fierce battle, one of King Duncan's captains tells the king of Macbeth's great fighting skill and valor in killing one of the king's enemies, Macdonwald (Act I, Scene 2, Lines 16-24). This shows Macbeth's bravery. Later, King Duncan states, "What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won."(Act I, Scene 2, Line 67). King Duncan is referring to the title, Thane of Cawdor, which he gives to Macbeth as a result of the previous holder's treachery. Macbeth asks why he has been dressed in borrowed robes...