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By reference to three key scenes, show how Macbeths character changes during the course of the play.

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Introduction

By reference to three key scenes, show how Macbeths character changes during the course of the play: act one scene seven, act three scene four and act five scene three Macbeth is a play about good, evil and the super natural and that any one can become Evil. Macbeth is a good man who due to ambition and power becomes corrupt. He first starts on his trip to corruption when he meets three witches. Historical note king James was fascinated with the supernatural this is why Shakespeare put in witches ghosts and tricks of the mind. Even at right at the beginning they seem to know who Macbeth is and where and when they shall meet him. Right as they leave they say is piece of speech which tells you about them and their point of view. "Fair is foul, and foul is fair," This shows how they think to them justice and goodness is bad and bad things that happen like treason murder and theft to them are good. This is a linguistic inversion, which shows they are evil.

Middle

when the murderer reports to Macbeth. "My lord, his throat is cut; that I did for him." When he hears that Fleance escaped Macbeth is afraid that Fleance will grow up and become come King like the prediction. He comperes banquo and Fleance to snakes. The murderers have killed the grown serpent (banquo) but the worm (meaning a small serpent) that got away will grow and will get its venom but is no trouble right know (meaning he doesn't need to worry about Fleance.) This metaphor shows how nervous Macbeth is. Later in the scene when he goes to sit down the table is full here. He sees Banquo's ghost (in Shakespeare's time there were no special effects so the actor would try to convey the idea of a ghost sitting down). When Macbeth reacts he looks crazy. Shakespeare uses verbal imagery to describe how he has gone pale while everyone else is still normal "...Keep the natural ruby of your cheeks, When mine is bleached with fear." Macbeth seeing banquo's ghost could have been two things he could be mentally unstable or the witches had something to do with it.

Conclusion

In scene five the queen commits suicide and Macbeth seems unscathed. At the end he still does not worry and recites the prophecy about Birnam wood. Meanwhile Malcolm has assembled an army and has told the to cut down a branch of Birnam wood and he takes it to Dunsinane hill thus completing the first part of the prophecy. Near the end scene seven, young siward gets to Macbeth and Siward is slain. Then Macduff enters and is full of Loath for Macbeth. Macduff enters and says if he doesn't kill him the ghosts of his family will always haunt him. In scene eight they fight and Macduff reveals he was not born in the literal sense because his mother had a Caesarean to get Macduff out untimely so Macbeth does not want to fight him but says he will not give but he dies at the hands of Macduff. In my conclusion Macbeth was naturally good but this play teaches us that the noblest of souls can be tainted not only by evil but by pure ambition and that when that ambition is gone you can be left with nothing but sorrow. 99JC/Character study of Macbeth 1 of 6 30/04/07

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