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How Does Shakespeare Present The Character OF Macbeth In Act 1?

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How Does Shakespeare Present The Character OF Macbeth In Act 1? Shakespeare presents Macbeth's character in numerous different ways through out act 1. In this essay I will be writing about the way Shakespeare presents the character Macbeth in act 1. All through act 1 Shakespeare illustrates the character, Macbeth's personality and role, which changes hugely. The quote "For brave Macbeth,-well he deserves that name...."(Act1, Sc.2, 16). "Worthiest cousin"(Act, Sc.4, 17). Near the start of the play Macbeth seems to be a brave, loyal and gallant hero. Macbeth has been fighting in battle with Duncan, and is already the Thane of Glamis. Macbeth led King Duncan's forces to victory in the battle. Duncan's willingness to give Macbeth the title of the Thane of Cawdor shows the trust Duncan has in Macbeth. His character changed significantly after a visit from the three witches who put the thought in his mind of becoming king; by killing king Duncan was the only way. ...read more.


Shakespeare shows the audience how weak some people are in decision-making, but also in how much others influence their lives. Most people forget how to think for themselves. In Macbeth the reader sees the influences on him from the witches and that of his wife, Lady Macbeth. This play shows the importance of not only thinking about the right thing to do, but also to ones conscience. Influences shouldn't always have the final say. That is what Macbeth's tragic mistake was in the play. On the other hand, his wife influenced him as well. Lady Macbeth is first reading a letter receives from Macbeth describing the encounter with the Witches, and the prophecies which they given him. Lady Macbeth is very ambitious; believes that Macbeth is too kind and loyal to take the steps needed to become king. ...read more.


Macbeths desire to gain wealth and status completely overpowers him. Macbeth becomes more ambitious as his wife and the witches make him question himself and his desires. Lady Macbeth is the biggest encouragement to his ambition, since she uses her husbands trust to change her own future. Shakespeare's use of aside presents Macbeths ambition, "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself, and falls on th'other-"(Act1,Sc.7,25-28) this suggests that Macbeth's determined, ready and is already planning how to kill Duncan. The most significant display of ambivalence is in Act I, in which Shakespeare effectively uses literary devices such as imagery, and structure to portray Macbeth's indecisiveness over whether or not to kill King Duncan. Macbeth's diction and imagery reveal his struggle to make a firm decision regarding the fate of his king through his dilemma between appeasing his conscience and satiating his lust for power. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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