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How Macbeth's State of Mind Changes Considering the Influences That Affect Him and How Shakespears Language Helps the Audience Understand the Dilemma he is Facing.

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How Macbeth's State of Mind Changes Considering the Influences That Affect Him and How Shakespears Language Helps the Audience Understand the Dilemma he is Facing Composed in late 1606 or early 1607, Macbeth is the last of Shakespeare's four great tragedies, the others being Hamlet, King Lear and Othello. It is a relatively short play without a major sub-plot, and it is considered by many scholars to be Shakespeare's darkest work. In the first act of the play you can see Shakespeare talent shining through as he shows some of his best writing as he describes the sometimes subtle changes in the state of mind of the main character Macbeth. ...read more.

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The king had an interest in witches and wrote a book on the topic called Demonology. The witches speak of evil doings straight away and in a strange paradoxical way, for example "fair is foul and foul is fair." This points out the fact that nothing good could come of this. Subsequently we are taken to a camp near the battlefield at which Macbeth fought. Here Duncan speaks of Macbeth's ferocity on the battlefield as he killed his enemies very brutally. This displays to the audience that Macbeth is already quite a sinister character and therefore he may be lead into evil doings easier. Macbeth's strength of character is also put forward as it reads "As sparrows eagles, or the hare the Lion." ...read more.

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As soon as the audience hear his first words we realise that his mind is already being influenced by the witches as he repeats the words "foul" and "fair" which the witches spoke earlier. He then meets the witches who tell him of his future. They say he is already Thane of Glamis that he will be thane of Cawdor and he will be King. This obviously disturbs him as he has in addition to this startling prediction, been given very confusing information. The witches leave in a hurry and are soon replaced by two of the king's men who announce Macbeth's new title of Thane of Cawdor. This comes as a shock to Macbeth as this raises so many prospects, that the witches are true, therefore will Banquo be king? And will he be happier and yet sad? ...read more.

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