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

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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.

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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.

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