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How does Shakespeare develop character, plot and theme in Act 3 scene 4 of Macbeth?

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Year 10 GCSE English/English literature Coursework-'Macbeth' How does Shakespeare develop character, plot and theme in Act 3 scene 4 of 'Macbeth'? In this essay, I will answer the question "How does Shakespeare develop character, plot and theme in Act 3 scene 4 of 'Macbeth'?" by divulging into 'Macbeth' written by Shakespeare. 'Macbeth' is a play with issues such as power, villainy, assassination, deceit and chaos, which are epitomize during Act 3 scene 4 of 'Macbeth'. This scene is where all the issues group together to form a scene of evilness of human. Macbeth was a knight at the start, became the Thane of Cawdor and assassinated King Duncan to thrust himself to power. Although he regretted for murdering King Duncan since Lady Macbeth encouraged him to murder Duncan. "He that's coming must be provided for, and you shall put this night's great business into my dispatch, which shall to all our nights and days to come give solely sovereign sway and masterdom." (Lines 64 to 67, Act 1 Scene 6) Lady Macbeth used veiled words because she was afraid that direct language would make Macbeth refuse to act. This is evidence for Macbeth was originally a kind and not ambitious person, however, after Lady Macbeth's persuasion he decided to kill King Duncan. After Macbeth became King, he send assassin to murder Banquo. During the banquet, he received the news of Banquo's death but Banquo's son managed to escape. ...read more.

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However, they were still important since they represent the Scottish government. Macduff and Ross were the two key lords in the play since they were suspicious about Macbeth (apart from Banquo). "Is't known who did this more than bloody deed?"(Ross, line20, Act 2 Scene4) "Those that Macbeth hath slain." (Macduff, Line 21, Act2 scene4) A supportive quote made by Macduff, which supports that Macbeth is suspicious because Macduff did not assume any other people killed King Duncan but only assumed Macbeth murdered King Duncan. Moreover, the following quote shows he dislike Macbeth. "Will you to Scone?"(Ross, Line 35, Act2 Scene4) "No, cousin, I'll to Fife."(Macduff, Line36, Act 2 Scene4) An extremely supportive evidence from Macduff to support argue that Macbeth was the murderer because Macduff did not want to go to the Scone and instead he would like to go to Fife. Under normal circumstances, all the lords would attend to this kind of important ceremony but Macduff had chosen to ignore it which is out of order. In my opinion, at this point of the play Macduff seems to be suspicious about Macbeth. This is mainly due to the worsen friendship between Macbeth and Macduff since Macbeth killed the guards who look related to Duncan's death without allowing anyone to ask them a question and the guards were the only clue for King Duncan's death. This leads other people to think why Macbeth just killed the guards who were drunk and had bloody daggers in their hand. ...read more.

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In Act 3 Scene 4, as the banquet begin the lords were told to sit down in order because it is a formal dinner. However, during the process, Macbeth went crazy because he said he saw a ghost of a bloody man, which is odd. At the end, all of the guests were told to get out as soon as possible but all in once. The banquet had started in order, finished in chaos. This is a demonstration of the Kingdom because when King Duncan was ruling everything was normal, no chaos but when Macbeth ruled the country chaos and disorders were brought in since he had to hide the truth but he was becoming more suspicious and therefore he killed all the people who he believes is trying to get rid of him. At last, blood will only bring in more blood. An example for difference between false and the real is whether Banquo's ghost is 'real'. This depends on the director to decide to bring on a Ghost or not. Of all the characters on stage, only Macbeth could see the Ghost. The advantage of an invisible Ghost is the audience will know what is actually happening instead of guessing what Macbeth is doing on the stage. However, the downside is as the ghost supposed to be invisible, so no one should able to see and this includes the audience. Another tricky question of putting on a visible ghost is what does he wear and how does he move? ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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