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How, and in which ways, does Shakespeare dramatize the deterioration in Macbeth's character?

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Introduction

How, and in which ways, does Shakespeare dramatize the deterioration in Macbeths character? In the play "Macbeth", the central focus is intended by Shakespeare to be on Macbeth. Over the duration of Macbeth's rise to, and position as, monarch of Scotland he shows a distinct downward spiral in his own character. He changes from a strong powerful warrior to a broken man who is glad to face the end. The audience is shown this deterioration over the period of the play. As the play commences, Macbeth is portrayed by Shakespeare as someone who is confidant, powerful and a warrior who is respected by his comrade, "For brave Macbeth, and well he deserves that name" this shows that Macbeth is thought of to be brave and strong by his compatriots. Shakespeare shows us his demise through several stages, the first starting with his meeting with the witches. After which, the evil inside of him starts to be shown his ambitious nature is unleashed. ...read more.

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I did it; never shake thy gory locks at me" this shows that Macbeth is very jumpy because he knows he has done something wrong. At this point Macbeth turns into a man determined to keep the throne at all costs, at the last minute before the murder of Banquo; he says to lady Macbeth "there shall be done a deed of dreadful note" this shows that he has frozen out lady Macbeth by only telling her at the last minute and that he will even kill his best friend to keep his power. He also says to her "be innocent of the knowledge dearest chuck" which shows a certain amount of mistrust and a dedication to himself and no one else. Macbeth now feels that the joy of life is gone and that there is no going back because whatever he does it will be unhappy for him Shakespeare shows this when Macbeth says "I am in blood, stepped in so far that should I wade no more returning would be as tedious as go o'er" and so decides to go on committing evil acts. ...read more.

Conclusion

Arm, Arm and out!" This shows that he is very scared because the impossible was coming true. The final change in Macbeths character is when he accepts that he is facing the end and so decides that he will fight until he is killed, he says "at least we will die with harness on our back" meaning that when he dies at least it will be a honorable death, a warriors death, with his Armour on. When Macbeth is confronted by Macduff he says "my soul is too much charged with blood of thine already " this shows that Macbeth is finally showing remorse for his crime and feels guilty about what he has done to Macduff. I believe that Macbeth made his own choices in his life and no one could take the blame for his actions because whatever sate of mind you are in at the time I don't believe anyone can make you kill unless you see some reason for doing it. I don't think Macbeth was forced into anything. Tom Williams 10 CY ...read more.

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