• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

By the end of Act II what impression have you formed about Macbeth?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

By the End of Act II What Impression have you Formed about Macbeth? At the start of Act II Macbeth is seen as a Tragic Hero who must have some potential nobility, some good qualities that make what is happening to him terrible. He is shown to the audience as a human being with human weaknesses. The one who, as Lady Macbeth describes as in Act I, Scene v, "is too full of the milk of human kindness.' We see him as a victim of his ambition, of moral weaknesses, or even of a combination of circumstances that cause him to fall. Macbeth is a well respected man, brave on the battle field, 'brave Macbeth' and loyal to his king and country, 'valiant cousin! Loyal brother.' He is praised highly by the messenger and also by Duncan himself. The only thing that seems to let Macbeth down is his tendency to temptation. He is interested in the witches predictions as demonstrated by Banquo's observation, 'he is transfixed' but his interests and temptation does not make us feel any ...read more.

Middle

This soliloquy makes us think twice about Macbeth's character. He is a torn man, he has ambition but he also has a conscience. We are sadden and upset by the emotional turmoil he is putting himself through, however we also feel angered and irritated that Macbeth is still forced on by Lady Macbeth, for it was when he heard her bells that he got up, and is to cowardly to stand up for what he wants. Following the murder of Duncan, Macbeth realises that the murder has put him in control of demon forces. Immediately after the death Macbeth is disgusted with himself saying 'I have done the deed.' he chooses not to say he has killed Duncan as if he is almost trying to avoid the subject. It shows that Macbeth is deeply ashamed of what he has done, he is remorseful which encourages us, as an audience, to pity and sympathises him even though he has just carried out, not only a crime against humanity but also a crime against God. ...read more.

Conclusion

By the end of act II our feelings towards Macbeth have greatly changed, from feeling enormous sympathy and pity towards him we are now angered by his actions which show the full extent of his greed and ambition so far by killing someone he apparently dearly loved. We are given an example of Macbeth's lust for power at the extent of everything else, he begins the play as a strong character greatly admired however by the end of act II Macbeth's actions become more and more deceitful. The audience may identify Macbeth's situation but may at the same time be angered and appalled at his cowardly attitude and lack of will power. He had many chances to assert himself with Lady Macbeth, but to proud and to fearful that he may look less of a man Macbeth gave in to his wife's badgering and carried out carried on the deceit. It was Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's ambition and drive that spurred them on and by the end of act II one can't help but feel that Macbeth has no one else but himself to blame. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. What Impression of Macbeth Do We Gain From The First Two Acts?

    that maybe before his meeting with the witches he really was good, valiant and worthy. After this exclamation the Captain continues with his tale and explains how the Norwegian King restocks his weapons, brings in new supplies of men and begins a fresh assault.

  2. What impression do you get of Macbeth from the First Act?

    Yet while the witches plot and get excited, Macbeth has no idea, giving the impression that he is innocent to their awful plans. But is Macbeth so innocent of them? And are these witches actually external, do they really exist?

  1. Macbeth: How does Shakespeare dramatise the murder of Duncan in Act II Scenes (i) ...

    Banquo has already been established as a calm, good and perceptive character, (from his association with nature) so because he is on edge and tense the audience knows the next scene cannot be good. The tense atmosphere is heightened during Macbeth and Banquo's conversation, because they talk in relatively short lines to one another.

  2. By the end of Act II What impressions have you formed of Lady Macbeth ...

    Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting I dare not wait upon I would, Like the poor cat I'th'adage?' Lady Macbeth has a strong hold over Macbeth she can easily manipulate him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work