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What was Macbeth's progress in the play? |

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I'm not so sure "progress" is the right word to use when describing Macbeth's development through the play that bears his name. For if progress is thought of as movement toward a goal or toward some advancement or as positive personal growth, then that term really can't be used to delineate him.

Do you see any of the following as progress?:

Macbeth goes from respected warrior to vicious, serial killer.

Macbeth goes from a man loved and honored by his kind and honorable King to that same King's murderer.

Macbeth goes from a good friend of Banquo to Banquo's murderer and one who also tries to kill Banquo's young son.

Macbeth goes from being a free man to one who cannot sleep, is afraid of being killed, and one who is plagued by fear and guilt and ghosts. He becomes a man whose mind, in his own words, is "full of scorpions."

Macbeth goes from being a married man (it's hard to tell if he was happily married, but he may well have loved his wife) to a man whose wife commits suicide.

And, lastly, Macbeth becomes King of Scotland and ends up terribly depressed about his life and is then killed in war for being a tyrant.

Such is the "progress" of Macbeth.

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