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Changes in Macbeth

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Introduction

Detailed analysis of the changes in Macbeth. Macbeth by William Shakespeare is truly one of his greatest tragedies, Written between 1603 - 1606. A play deals with ambition, Treachery, and disillusionment and deals with the rise to power of Macbeth and his Wife Lady Macbeth. The play was set in the eleventh century In Scotland and tells us the true story of the death of a Scottish King by the name if Duncan. Shakespeare based his story from a book called The History of Scotland by Raphael Hollinshed. The murder of Duncan in the eleventh century was actually perpetrated by Macbeth and Banquo, however in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' Banquo is not a participant in the murder of Duncan. He is portrayed as an innocent party. The reason for this is that James 1 was King of England and a direct descent of Banquo. Shakespeare would not want to embarrass or insult the new King. ". King James 1st a strong superstitious person and believed in witches of being bad people so the play would be scary. In those days and even today was considered a terrible act because they believed that the King was appointed by god and could only be taken away by god. This means that the audience could not believe their eyes when they saw the killing of the king by Macbeth. ...read more.

Middle

You cannot fail to get these impressions of Macbeth, but through the succeeding three acts, we see how this portrayal develops and eventually leads to his downfall. Act 3 scene 1 sees a change in the relationship between Lady Macbeth and her husband. Macbeth without encouragement or help from his wife plans the murder of Banquo. Act 3 scene 2 Macbeth has become bold and almost patronising when he says to Lady Macbeth 'Be innocent of the knowledge dearest chuck, till thon applaud the deed. The Banqueting scene sees Macbeth given the news that Banquo is dead, as he had planned. Lady Macbeth has to pull all of her strength and resources together in this scene as the ghost of Banquo visits her husband. 'Thou canst not say I did it: never shake thy gory locks at me' exclaims Macbeth but Lady Macbeth excuses his behaviour with 'sit worthy friends: My Lord is often thus, and hath been from his youth.' She again takes control of the situation and this could be perceived as either she is trying to hide the guilt in a fiendish way or could it be that she is protecting her husband standing by his side loyally. During the scene Macbeth goes to the witches for reassurance. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that Lady Macbeths conscience is making her ill In act 5 scene 5 Lady Macbeth kills herself , she does this because she knows her secret is out, but given the nightmares she has been having earlier on in act 5 it is clear that she can no longer live with her guilt. Her nights bring her no peace, the days are even worse, and finally she can take no more. In conclusion, it is clear that Malcolm feels very aggrieved at the death of his father but he is exiled to England following the death of Duncan and only returns to the action after the death of Lady Macbeth. He does not, as the audience do, witness the tortured soliloquies of Lady Macbeth which reveals her ordinary vulnerable humanity as she declines to an early death, apparently suicide 'she as tis thought, by self and violent hands took of her life' This is evidence that Lady Macbeth is very ambitious for her husband and this leads her to encourage Macbeth into doing evil deeds. She does not murder anyone. She developed the murder plan and perhaps she was ambitious to Become Queen however to be fiendish is to be without remorse and Lady Macbeths remorse and guilt are clearly seen over and over again, Lady Macbeth was not a fiend, her flaw was her ambition ...read more.

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