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How does Shakespeare portray the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth up to Act 2 Scene 2 in the play?

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Macbeth Essay How does Shakespeare portray the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth up to Act 2 Scene 2 in the play? The play of Macbeth was just written because Shakespeare wanted, it was also written to impress King James, Shakespeare wanted to impress the king because when Queen Elizabeth was at the throne she funded for the plays, because she enjoyed them so much. Shakespeare wanted King James to fund his plays now that Elizabeth was gone. To try and convince the king he included in the play of Macbeth witchcraft (the three weird sisters) a subject very close to James' heart. He also tried this by describing Banquo's character in the play as a good person because James believed that he was the ancestor of Banquo. He also impress' the king by portraying Macbeths character to be evil, and making Macbeth a regicide, which King James hates beyond everything else. In the play of Macbeth Shakespeare portrays the character of Macbeth to be an evil, power hungry person, but in fact the real Macbeth was totally different. Macbeth was the king of Scotland for ten years and brought peace there during his reign. In the play Macbeth believes in witchcraft but in real life Macbeth does not, he is a holy man. Even though the play is based on a real character, the character of the real Macbeth does not resemble the character of the Macbeth who stars in the play. ...read more.

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Here Macbeth is saying that if the assassination of the King could be done quickly, he would do it now, as long as it was over and done with. He then says "If th'assasination Could trammel up the consequence and catch With his surcease, success, that this blow Might be the be all and end all here, But here, upon this and shoal of time, We'd jump the life to come." In this quote Macbeth is explaining that if the killing of the king could catch the result of his death, and he could become kin, without guilty feeling and draw backs then Macbeth would do it. But then Macbeth realises, and tells us in his soliloquy that if he kills his next life will be hell, not heaven because he will be cut off from God. He also knows that if he is bloody and violent to people they will return the favour, for example if Macbeth kills he will be killed. Macbeth also shows his good side, when he tells us the reasons against killing king Duncan, "First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed" Macbeth is Duncan's cousin (a relative), strong reasons not to kill him. Then he says "Then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself." ...read more.

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After the murder had been done, Lady Macbeth shows how strong a person she really is, by using kind words and confidence to calm Macbeth down, and prevent him going insane. She say's "A foolish thought to say a sorry sight." She also jokes wit Macbeth about forgetting the incident, she tells him "These deeds must not be thought After these ways; so, it will make us mad." At this point in the play, Lady Macbeth is in total control, she tries to make Macbeth feel free of guilt even though he has committed the deed. Up to Act 2 Scene 2 in the play Lady Macbeth and Macbeth greatly change, with respects to their characters and personalities. Although Macbeth was known as a strong Physical character, he is mentally very weak, because he has a conscience, and it was only the strong character of Lady Macbeth, who helped him through the murder of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is almost opposite compared to the character of Macbeth, in physical and mental power. Lady Macbeth is the person who is able to persuade Macbeth to kill Duncan. This character change of Lady Macbeth happens after she reads he letter from Macbeth, and performs a spell to the spirits to become evil. The character of Macbeth changes after he meets the three weird sisters, and his power hungry ambition and his trust in the prophecies make, make him the person he is at the murder of King Duncan. ...read more.

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