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How does Shakespeare influence the audience's opinion of the character and the actions of Macbeth in the play?

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How does Shakespeare influence the audience's opinion of the character and the actions of Macbeth in the play? Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most terrifying tragedies. It centres around two main characters Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth. It tell us of Macbeth rise to power as King of Scotland, by murdering the current King Duncan I, after three witches forewarn him of his coming of power. He then seeks to secure his position; by killing anyone who threatens him, for instance Banquo, because the three witches, also told Macbeth that Banquo's children will be kings. Duncan's son Malcolm, who fled to England, after his father death, returns with the English army, including the noble Macduff, who later slays Macbeth. Macbeth at the beginning of the play starts off as a great general returning home after a victorious battle, but after his encounter with the witches, evil and ambition slowly starts to take its grip, even though, throughout the play we see the struggle Macbeth has with his conscience. Macbeth was first performed in 1606. It reflects many of the beliefs of the time. The King on the throne at the time was James I of Scotland and England. He inherited the English throne of his cousin Queen Elizabeth I, after her death in 1603. James I, it has been suggested, was not a good King. He drank too much, had a temper, and had a debauched lifestyle, and he loved hunting. However, he was intelligent, and took part in debates, and published books on political theory. ...read more.

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After Lady Macbeth, has spiked the guards drink, Macbeth encounters Banquo. Banquo says, "I dreamed of the three weird sisters last night." I think this startles Macbeth, and makes him uneasy, even thought he just brushes it off. The next part where Macbeth hallucinates and sees the dagger before him is his conscience telling him it is wrong, but at the same time his mind, and more specifically his ambition and greed, is spurring him forward. You could also see this as a sign from the supernatural side of things, influencing him forward. The next scene, after Macbeth has murdered Duncan, shows us how guilty Macbeth is feeling. He says to his wife "Didst thou not hear a noise" suggest, that maybe he wants to be caught. After that he goes on about hear the prayers of people and that he could not say Amen. This is quite significant because Amen is a word used in church to thank God, so it is like, Macbeth could not speak to God, because of what he has done. Also that he could hear a voice shouting "Sleep not more....Glamis hath murdered sleep and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no-more" This again is his conscience telling him that he will not forget that nights deeds, and that he shall not be able to sleep over them. Lady Macbeth however takes a calmer approach, she take the daggers back to the body, and then tell her husband to "Wash this filthy witness from your hand" and that a little water will clear us of this deed" Lady Macbeth is saying that if ...read more.

Conclusion

Later on though Macbeth does not need her, so she loses his attention, and is just left with the guilt and pain. She especially felt for Lady Macduff and family, because she cannot image all those children and women being murdered, and she cannot cope, and commits suicide. The witches play a special part in Macbeth. They are the main reason for Macbeth's murderous nature. If Macbeth had not encountered the witches, and they did not tell him that he might be King, would he have done it all? Did the witches really see into the future and tell what's was going to happen or did they just plant the idea in Macbeths head, and he made is own destiny? I think that the witches did mange to see in to the future and predict was going to happen. Macbeth is a tragedy, so Shakespeare what the audience to feel upset, shocked, angry, all at the same time and at different times. In the end that good triumphed over evil. Macbeth is the evil character that everyone is supposed to feel angry and disgusted at. Lady Macbeth is the evil woman, who edges on her husband, but is finally overcome will guilt. The witches are the mysterious angle; we don't know whether Macbeth's hallucinations are caused by his own mind or something more dark and deadly. The witches also are important, because they are tell the audience the story, so the audience and the witches know what is going to happen, but the character don't, so it help you to follow the story. We don't know whether the witches planed Macbeth fate or did Macbeth himself determine it. That shall be left to our own imaginations to determine. 1 ...read more.

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