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English EssayDescribe the ways in which Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change (and why) between Act 1, scene 6 and Act 5, scene 3.

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English Essay Describe the ways in which Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change (and why) between Act 1, scene 6 and Act 5, scene 3 In the first part of the play where Macbeth has killed no one, Macbeth was considered to be a confident warrior honoured by his acts against the Rebel Army. I know this because in Act 1, Scene 7 he says: "He hath honoured of late, and I have bought/ Golden opinions from all sorts of people" (line 32-33). I think this because he wouldn't have been made 'Thane Of Cawdor' if Macbeth wasn't considered honourable; look were the last 'Thane Of Cawdor' ended up for not being honourable, he got himself hanged. In the end of the play when he'd murdered so many people to cover up his own mistakes, Macbeth became dishonourable and too over-confident because of the information he required from the three witches and their apparitions, which were: "Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth beware Macduff," so Macbeth goes after Macduff but finds out he's gone and so he kills his entire family just in spite. ...read more.

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This quote says that he hasn't got a good enough reason to murder king Duncan, only ambition. This shows that he is thinking it through instead of murdering the king and asking questions later. The main emotion that was acting on Macbeth was ambition, which is ironic because when he finally becomes king his ambition is not what he thought it would be like because he's got to continue killing people to protect his people from the truth, who he's neglecting: "If thou couldst, Doctor, cast / The water of my land, find her disease,/ And purge it to a sound and pristine health" (Act 5, Scene 3, line 50-53). This means that he wants the doctor to cure the lands illness but what's really wrong with the land is Macbeth, he's the wrong person to be king. On the other hand Lady Macbeth was a sane person, who was very determined, like in the part where she forces Macbeth to murder Duncan in Act 1, Scene 7: "Was the hope drunk/ wherein you dress'd yourself? ...read more.

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the innocent flower but being the serpent under it as she greeted the king in Act 1, Scene 7: " All our service/ In every point twice done and then done double/ Were poor and single business to contend," (line 17-20). In this scene Lady Macbeth seems very polite and charming on the outside, but I know she does not mean it. At the end when Lady Macbeth goes mad she is quite defenceless and unable to maintain her sanity due to the darkness that has engulfed her: " Hell is murky. - Fie, my Lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? - What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to accompt?" (Act 5, scene 1 line 34-36). This quote sums up the darkness that troubles her unconscious mind, which makes her wish she hadn't done what she did. In my opinion Shakespeare has done a good job in changing the characters characteristics of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth towards the end of the play. Craig Stamp 9RS ...read more.

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