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Compare the character of Macbeth before the killing of Duncan with the character he becomes during the rest of the play. Show how the language used by Shakespeare underlines the character changes

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Ben Adams 17th November Compare the character of Macbeth before the killing of Duncan with the character he becomes during the rest of the play. Show how the language used by Shakespeare underlines the character changes The play "Macbeth" is about the man Macbeth, Thane of Glamis and warrior for the King at the beginning of the play he is shown as a brave hero and with valiant actions proves his loyalty. The play shows the process of the change in his character and how the witches and his wife's ambition corrupt him. Shakespeare uses a series of images to underline the changes: sleeping and the dead, day and night, good and evil, clothes that the people wear and the weather. In Macbeth we hear of his brave deeds before we even meet him if you will, his brave actions are described to us planting the idea of a valiant hero in Act 1 scene 2 we hear a conversation between a Captain and King Duncan the captain talks to Duncan of a brave and noble warrior by the name of Macbeth "For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name- Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel Which smoked with bloody execution, Like ...read more.


At this point we see the full power that Lady Macbeth has over Macbeth as she exerts it over him and uses her full power to make him change his mind she shows herself to be the most powerful, stronger, ambitious and somewhat evil of the two by making Macbeth go through with the murder, at this point Macbeth becomes cold and starts to fit the profile of a murderer, however this does change. In act 2 scene 1 just before the murder Macbeth is having second thoughts in a large soliloquy and thinks that he shouldn't do it, then he thinks that this was meant to happen and that there would be no use fighting it. After the murder of Duncan Macbeth is troubled saying that the blood on his hands can never be washed off and that it will mark him forever he says this "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No: this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine" This basically means that all the oceans and seas would not clean the blood off merely made the waters of the world blood red. However Macbeth takes charge of the situation but he has changed. ...read more.


The theme of babies and children appears much signifying vulnerability and innocence. Also the themes of animals appears suck as the time when Macbeth chose to stand and fight before his death he said "bear like I must fight the course" Light and dark are also regular themes light being good and dark being evil. Macbeth is physically strong, however emotionally and mentally he is weak unless in a fight, he is more of a warrior. Macbeth will openly fight in a war but shies away from private murder. In the whole story Macbeth went from valiant hero and warrior for the king to a cold hearted tyrant who lost everything, friends and his beloved wife, at the end of his life he showed a glimmer of his former self by not wanting to kill anymore but choosing to stand and fight and to not be the "roman fool" and commit suicide. I feel a great sympathy for him for he is fortunes fool, the witches encouraged him and put the idea into his head I think without their interference none of this would have happened except becoming thane of Cawdor which was decided before their meeting with Macbeth that is why the play is truly a tragedy. ...read more.

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