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'Fiend like Queen' is this how you think the audience views L.M?

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'Fiend like Queen' is this how you think the audience views L.M? Macbeth focuses strongly around its two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Throughout, we see character development, as the changes in the plot have a direct impact on the characters. Macbeth is only a semi-fictitious play. Shakespeare used a piece of Scottish history to base his play on, although many details were changed and developed. The character of Banquo was an ancestor of the king at the time, James I. In Macbeth he is seen in a positive light; however, in truth 'The chronicles of Scotland' depict him as being a much nastier character. This was done by Macbeth to gain respect and most probably money from the crown. 'Macbeth' was thought to be written in 1606; just one year after parliament was nearly overthrown. Known now as 'bonfire night' this would help create public interest and have the public questioning the overthrow of power, the plot of the play. The representation of the characters, by directors and actors has developed a variety of performances since the 17th century. The characters representation change to meet the expectations of the audience. For example, in the 17th century , the witches were portrayed as ugly hags, however in our modern day they are often depicted as being young and sexy As society's opinions change, so do the characters. At the time of writing the play, the audience had strong opinions of the supernatural and treason. Their reaction towards Lady Macbeth would be very different from our own. ...read more.


The audience at present day and in the 17th century would find this horrific. As her lack of maternal instincts de-humanises her, making her easier to dislike .She uses the phrase 'the brains out'. Shakespeare has done this to show her humanitarian side. She sees the baby as an object rather than human. 'Its' is not used as this is possessive. She is trying to refrain from linking the brains to the baby itself. This writing technique gives us a more detailed insight into her more respectable character. After the act has been carried out, she is more calm and logical than Macbeth. 'A little water clears us of this deed' Either physically or metaphorically, the idea that washing their hands will rid them of guilt, shows lack of remorse. This is yet another biblical reference. The idea of washing hands comes from Pontius Pilot, during the execution of Christ. This relates her to an anti-Christ, only encouraging us to view her badly. Lady Macbeth is similar in ways to the three witches. They are all responsible for persuading Macbeth to commit treason. Although, what the witches gain from doing so, fails to be noted. Whereas, Lady Macbeth will fulfil her ambitions of power and greatness will be achieved. After the murder of King Duncan, Macbeth's character undergoes character development. He becomes power obsessed and paranoid. This leads to a change in Lady Macbeth. Macbeth begins to disassociate himself and his plans from her, perhaps an act of love, to protect her. ...read more.


In Act Scene we are introduced to a new character within the plot, Seton. In some productions this is pronounced as Satan, a metaphorical technique used by Shakespeare, or purely coincidental? As he is never acknowledge by another character, other than Macbeth, we are left to wonder whether his significance lies totally in Macbeth's disillusioned mind or he connotes the evil that leads to the downfall of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. His role as armour bearer implies, not only physically but also emotionally, that Seton increases Macbeth's mentality, in the final, fateful scenes that are to follow, the armour symbolising a shield of power and courage. 'Macbeth' shows similarities to a Greek tragedy. Shakespeare uses various characters, for example, the old man and the gentlewoman to carry out choric duties. They explain parts of the play which may have happened off stage. It also meets the criteria of a Greek tragedy; someone's flaws, leads them to actions, which lead to their downfall, and a final fatal tragedy. Macbeth has become numb from power, 'She should have died here after' The death of his wife fails to provoke much of a reaction from him. At the end of the play Lady Macbeth is described by Malcolm as being a 'fiend like queen'; this is an unjust comment. Throughout the play Lady Macbeth has shown two contrasting sides to her personality. Lady Macbeth shows obvious remorse for her actions by her strange behaviour, sleepwalking and suicide. This statement is made after Macbeth and Lady Macbeths' deaths. Malcolm would hardly show leniency to a pair of treacherous murders shortly before he is to be crowned. ...read more.

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