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What factors contribute to his change in character and which dramatic devices help the audience become aware of this descent into evil?

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In committing Duncan's murder and organising the murder of other influential characters, Macbeth's character changes from good to evil. What factors contribute to his change in character and which dramatic devices help the audience become aware of this descent into evil? The play 'Macbeth' gives the audience plenty of opportunities to consider the reasons for the main character's actions. In this essay I will consider the many factors which contribute to Macbeth's descent into evil; many factors play a pivotal role in deciding his ill-fated future. With his wife's cajoling, and the three witches' foretelling of his future Macbeth, will stop at nothing to gain position as King of Scotland. Macbeth's ambition also drives this same will as well as his feelings of fear and insecurity. The witches and their prophecies are the first major influence on Macbeth's actions. Macbeth is content with his position as Thane of Glamis, until the three witches tell him, "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter." This prophecy startled Macbeth. He believes that his title is still Thane of Glamis; yet here he has just been told that he shall be King. After hearing this Macbeth and his loyal friend Banquo find out that Macdonwald has been sentenced to death for betraying his country, and that King Duncan has named Macbeth Thane of Cawdor. ...read more.

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And this will enable him to commit the murder. As he does not wish to be a coward and ruin his honour as "brave Macbeth". Lady Macbeth believes that Macbeth's downfall is his vaulting ambition "Thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition." Macbeth's ambition is ever present and mentioned by Macbeth himself, "His besetting sin: I have no spur, to prick the sides of my Intent, but only vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself." At the very start of the play the audience discovers that Macbeth is a brave warrior "For brave Macbeth- well he deserves that name." I believe that Macbeth's ambition could have been stirred up as he is the King's cousin and he did not just want to be seen as a Thane or just a brave warrior he wished to be seen as a greater asset to his country. It is clear to the audience that Lady Macbeth is intent to help Macbeth achieve his ambition we learn this after she reads her letter, in the soliloquy she revels this by saying, "The illness should attend it." Macbeth's ambition also pushes him towards the murder of Duncan in many other ways. Macbeth clearly feels that killing Duncan is an option as he uses soliloquy's often in order to show his true feelings to the audience, "Present fears... ...read more.

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At this point the audience become increasingly aware of Macbeth's increasing insecurity and obsession with fear. But Macbeth's fear and insecurity does also lead more to his descent into evil as it leads to more deaths, Macbeth fear of Macduff being a threat to his position as king and also his fear that Banquo's descendants will become King greater drives him into his descent into evil as his fear of these things cause him to kill again and again. In conclusion it is clear that there are many possible reasons why Macbeth may have behaved like he did, committing murders and following his descent into evil but, the killing of Duncan starts an unstoppable chain of events in the play that ends with the murder of Macbeth and the suicide of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth chooses to murder Duncan. Macbeth, in the beginning had all the qualities of an honourable gentleman who could become anything. This is all shattered when his ambition overrides his sense of morality. Although Macbeth is warned as to the validity of the witches prophesies, he is tempted and refuses to listen to reasons from Banquo. When the second set of prophesies Macbeth receives begin to show their faults Macbeth blames the witches for deceiving him with half truths. While the witches are not totally responsible for the actions of Macbeth, they are responsible for introducing the ideas to Macbeth which in turn fired up Macbeth's ambition and led to a disastrous and unnecessary chain of events. ...read more.

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