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Consider the development of Macbeth's Character in Act 1.

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Consider the development of Macbeth's Character in Act 1 Act 1 Scene 1. A very short scene opens the play. It is long enough to awaken curiosity but not long enough to see the whole picture. We do not meet Macbeth. Instead Shakespeare starts the play with the 3 witches Straight away the audience gets an impression of evil. The first sign of Macbeth being linked with the 3 witches is when the third witch says "there to meet with Macbeth". This links Macbeth with the supernatural and evil. At the end of the scene all 3 witches chant "fair is foul and foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air". This paradox appears throughout the play. This sets a mysterious atmosphere as the scene ends. This quotation shows that things are not exactly what they seem. In scene 2 Macbeth is portrayed as being brave according to the Captain, with the Captain saying "he deserves that name", "Brave Macbeth". Macbeth is compared to an eagle and a lion. These are dangerous animals which gives the impression that Macbeth is also unafraid of anything that gets into his path. Of course he has a reason for this which we learn about later on in the play. ...read more.


The witches have cast a spell on Macbeth and he has been enticed by them. This later on in the play creates his downfall. Macbeth is seen as a courageous soldier who is loyal to the King but is corrupted from the witches prophecies and by his and Lady Macbeth's ambition. This is because of the weakness of Macbeth's character. Before Act 1, Scene 4 we did not know that much about Duncan and although we had seen Macbeth listening to the prophecies of the three witches we still had not seen him interact with the King. This scene provides the basic foundations of Macbeth's personality of which some parts will stay the same while others will change and evolve Throughout the play we see the character of Macbeth change not from just the way he thinks and what we hear from the play, but from the actions he takes in the play. This is shown very much in Scene 4. At the start of scene 4 Duncan says "Theres no art To find the minds construction in the face." This is dramatic irony because the Thane of Cawdor betrayed him yet his new best subject Macbeth who is also the new Thane of Cawdor is also thinking of betraying him. ...read more.


In act 1 scene 7 Macbeth starts the scene off with a long soliloquy. This shows that he has a lot on his mind that he wants to say. Alone, Macbeth agonizes over whether or not to kill Duncan, stating that he knows the king's murder is a terrible sin. He struggles not so much with the horrifying idea of murdering a man who trusts and loves him. He would like the king's murder to be over and done with. He hates the fact that he has "only Vaulting ambition" without the motivation or ruthlessness to ensure the attainment of his ambitions. Macbeth is hesitant to kill king Duncan, because he feels that he would be eternally punished in hell for committing such a crime. Macbeth expresses these feelings in lines 7-10, "but here upon this bank and shoal of time; we'd jump the life to come." The "life to come" is the afterlife, which would be and eternity of suffering for Macbeth, because of his assignation of Duncan. Therefore making this argument a moral concern, and one of Macbeth's overpowering arguments in his soliloquy. By this point in the play I think the audience see Macbeth as a weak man, mentally. He is easily manipulated by the 3 witches and his wife who seems like a fourth witch. ?? ?? ?? ?? Austen Eagling 11E Austen Eagling 11E ...read more.

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