A mindset is a set of beliefs or a way of thinking that determine somebody's behavior and outlook. In the play "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare the protagonist Macbeth mindset changes throughout the play with certain events that influence his mentality. Macbeth undergoes a transformation, which changes his belief and opinions about his King. This transformation is influenced by the three witches and also by his own ambition to become King. It is Macbeth ambition that drives his desire to be successful and achieve is ultimate goal.
In the first Act one accounts Macbeth as being a brave and worthily warrior who is a hero of Scotland. This perspective is altered once Macbeth interacts with the three witches. Macbeth physical courage is joined by his ambition of the prediction that he will be king, which creates inner turmoil because he later hears Duncan's son Malcolm will be the next king. Consumed by his fury Macbeth constructs a plan to kill Duncan in order for him to be crowned king of Scotland. One is aware of his plan by: " First, as I am his Kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderers shut the door, Not bear the knife myself." (Act 1 Sc 7-Li 13-16). In this quote Macbeth debates whether he should kill Duncan, he is aware of how murder will open the door to a sinful world. At the same time he admits that the only reason for killing Duncan is his ambition to be king.
"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?"(Act 2 Sc 2-Li-58-59). Macbeth after committing the murder of Duncan feels guilt from his crime. Macbeth thinks that no water can clean his hand because his hands will turn the entire sea red. Macbeth now has turned from a hero of his country to a murder of his kinsmen to get what he wants. Although Macbeth does not have perfect control of his emotions at this point in time because of his mixed feelings.