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Macbeth Essay I will be writing about how William Shakespeare has written Macbeth which changes the attitudes of the reader to a central character and varies at different stages of the play. I will be writing about the techniques to how he does this and the skill in executing them. Macbeth at the beginning of the play is told by the captain to King Duncan how fearless and brave he was. 'Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel' (Act 1 scene 2) This makes us feel admiration towards Macbeth and also highlights how fearless he seems. 'Disdaining Fortune' is Macbeth defying luck with 'brandished steel' fighting through the horde of the enemy in battle. The captain also says 'Like Valour's minion carved out his passage" (Act 1 Scene 2) Macbeth is described to be a soldier who is brave and strong fighting his way out of a group of enemies towards his main objective. 'carved' is effective because it gives us a image which shows how he seems to be fighting through, as if he with his sword is easily swiping away the enemy that are foolish enough to face up to him. This also highlights how ambition is a trait of his character. This makes him seem admirable because it then tells us how he is strong and brave and this is without even being introduced to the character in the play. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth is introduced here by reading a letter sent to her by Macbeth, he tells her of the prophecy and she then begins to dream of him becoming king, she realises the same as Macbeth. Duncan will have to be killed in order for Macbeth to become king. Lady Macbeth then begins to manipulate Macbeth in to trying to get him to murder Duncan. Macbeth is now so ambitious and blinded by the love for Lady Macbeth that he will now kill Duncan in order for him to become king and not to disappoint Lady Macbeth who manipulates him and tricks him into to doing this. 'I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?' (Act 2 scene 2) Macbeth has committed a crime that is terrible and sick. Murdering his own kinsman was considered a terrible and damming crime once to Macbeth, but he has been horribly tricked and manipulated by lady Macbeth that we now feel disgusted at the both of them. ' Didst thou not hear a noise?' shows how paranoid he is after murdering Duncan. Macbeth is seen to be crowned as the king of Scotland but the murder has terrible consequences on him, he can no longer sleep and he finds the blood always to be on his hands. ...read more.


Lay on, Macduff, And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!" (Act 5 scene 9) What Macbeth says here is full of passion and anger. We feel slight admiration for him as he is fighting relentlessly reminding us of how he was at the start, a warrior that will fight to serve his country, but this time he has nothing to lose, so we also sympathise with him in that sense. Macduff has managed to kill him in the end but Macbeth would have died sooner or later. The fact that he was determined to fight rather than die a coward proves how much of a good warrior he was serving Scotland. William Shakespeare has taken us through the play with various emotions towards Macbeth on his actions. At the start we see him through other characters to be a brilliant warrior and loyal towards his country. Though when we first meet Macbeth and he has heard the prophecy from the witches we begin to feel uncertain towards him, unfortunately Lady Macbeths and ambition manipulates him to become a evil person who will murder anyone. We sympathise for him towards the end as he fights to his death with nothing to lose since his beloved lady Macbeth has killed herself. Shakespeare has done this wonderfully with writing effective pieces of imagery and word choice that help convey his character in different parts of the play. ...read more.

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