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Consider two of Macbeth's soliloquies and deal with how they influence the audience's interpretation of character and action

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Consider two of Macbeth's soliloquies and deal with how they influence the audience's interpretation of character and action "Macbeth" is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, containing a tragic hero. A tragic hero is someone with a fatal flaw to their personality, which will eventually cause that character's downfall. Macbeth was written for King James I, and was first performed in 1606. I will be studying two soliloquies made by Macbeth, firstly Act I Scene VII line 1-28, secondly Act V Act V line 17-28. A soliloquy is a speech made by one of the main characters as if he were alone, and so it may reveal innermost thoughts and feelings. Before the soliloquy in Act I Scene VII, the three witches prophesise that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. Macbeth is given the title of Thane of Cawdor and writes to his wife telling her about the prophecies. Lady Macbeth feels that for Macbeth to become King he needs to aid the process in someway. When she finds out that King Duncan is to stay in their castle she thinks that Macbeth should kill him. ...read more.


Macbeth understands goodness and becomes so emotional about it that it seems as if he yearns to be as good as Duncan. Shakespeare uses alliteration; 'trumpet tongu'd' resulting in a solid, loud, harsh sounding word. After all the reasons Macbeth has given not to kill Duncan it seems as though he is not going to go through with it, but when he describes his 'Vaulting ambition' it presents the audience with reason to doubt this, resulting in a very dramatic tension. This tension is created to grip the audience and it is vital for Shakespeare to be able to do this. The play needs to be a gripping and entertaining as possible because when the play was shown, if the audience got bored or did not enjoy the play they would be prepared to tell the actors exactly what they thought. Also Shakespeare had competition because in London at that time there was plenty of other entertainment for the people to enjoy such as bear-baiting and cock-fightingThe second soliloquy to be studied, Act V SceneV, is immediately after Macbeth has been told of his wife's death. By now Macbeth has ordered his best friend, Banquo, as well as Macduff's family and children to be killed. ...read more.


As the time passed from this point in the play the two grew further and further apart, which gives the audience a sense of loss and increases the tragedy of the play. Their feelings for each other were very strong but in this soliloquy Macbeth's lack of interest towards her is shown. There is also contrast with Act I Scene VII lines 30-34 in which Macbeth explains to Lady Macbeth that he has earned the respect of many people which he doesn't want to ruin. But in this soliloquy he talks about how humans fret about their lives so dramatically yet none of their lives matter to anyone. In "Macbeth", the soliloquies are an insight into Macbeth's mind and his inner thoughts. They turn the story into a tragedy because through the soliloquies you are shown that Macbeth is not a natural tyrant but a sensitive and potentially moral man. By comparing soliloquies throughout the play we are able to see how Macbeth's character and outlook on life changes so dramatically. The play begins with you expecting Macbeth to be a hero but he ends up killing whoever he feels is a threat to him. He begins as a hero and dies a murderer. ?? ?? ?? ?? Catherine Lee U5B 1 ...read more.

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