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English - How does Shakespeare present the Macbeth(TM)s before the murder of Duncan and how far has this changed by the end of the play?

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How does Shakespeare present the Macbeth's before the murder of Duncan and how far has this changed by the end of the play? Shakespeare presents and develops the Macbeths in a number of ways. He uses many techniques; he includes language, soliloquies, scenery and the speech of others. He uses stagecraft to present and develop but he also uses his stagecraft to ensure the audience knows what is going on. He does not simply develop the Macbeths in one simple way but he slowly changes them over the play, until the character's real identity finally emerges. The first scene has three witches conjuring some sort of spell. The setting is thunder and lightning. This dramatic opening suggests something bad is about to happen. When they are talking to each other they say "There to meet with Macbeth", this suggest to us that they are either planning on doing something against Macbeth or that Macbeth is working with the witches. This creates our first tentative views of Macbeth as either victim or villain. ...read more.

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His wife is able to read him like a book, she knows what has happened and tries to convince him to kill the King, so that he can become the King. She continuously tries her best to persuade Macbeth to kill the King, she is slightly worried that he may not be able to kill the King, "yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full of o' th' milk of human kindness". This shows that she thinks Macbeth might drop out and forget about the murder, but she continues persuading. "That I may pour my spirits in thy ear, and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round". Here she is saying that she wants to pour some of her own evil spirit into him, and whip anything with the boldness of her tongue that prevents Macbeth from the crown. All the way up until the murder Lady Macbeth continues to poison Macbeth and tells him that he has to do it, "look like th 'innocent flower, but be the serpent under't. ...read more.

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Later his wife, Lady Macbeth, becomes scared and she loses all of her confidence, she start to sleep-walk to wash off blood from her hands. She is going mad and eventually she commits suicide. Macbeth becomes a bit too confident and believes he is invincible due to the talk of the witches, he then decides not to kill Macduff and his 'invincibility' is over-ruled and he is killed by King Macduff. Throughout the entire play, the Macbeths state of minds change a lot. I think that Macbeth's state of mind changes more than that of Lady Macbeth. He begins as a brave warrior and then deteriorates after the murder, he later becomes regretful and realises that the witches tricked him. But it was too late and Macduff was on his way to kill him, so if he was destined to go down, he was going to go down fighting. Lady Macbeth only experiences one major change throughout the play, she is very cunning and evil, her state of mind only changes long after the murder where she deteriorates more than Macbeth and this eventually leads to suicide. ?? ?? ?? ?? Abu-Hurairah Dadabhai English Coursework Candidate No.:3030 Macbeth Centre No.:20283 Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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