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How does Shakespeare show the changes in Macbeth during the play?

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How does Shakespeare show the changes in Macbeth during the play? To be able to show the changes that Shakespeare shows we mush first have a look at what he acts like at the start. At the start of the book we first come across the witches. Although this particular scene has no direct affect on the way Macbeth acts through the book it does give us some foreshadowing into what might happen. The main line in this opening scene is "fair is foul, and foul is fair." At the very start this does not have very much meaning but when looked at this line is predicting that whatever a person might seem on the outside the inside may be very different. We then meet the king and some of his family friends and advisers. Of these many people start to tell us about how good Macbeth is and compliment him. With compliments like "noble Macbeth" "O valiant cousin" Duncan. "Brave Macbeth." "Valour's minion" "they doubly redoubled" from a sergeant. All of these make out that Macbeth is a brave and valiant man, however we must remember the "fair is foul, and foul is fair" because Macbeth seems to be too good. ...read more.


Because as we got through the book we notice that in every case that they can see what the future is going to be and they interpret that in a way which will suit them best is as to make the rise and all of Macbeth and other character all though not a direct example we can liken this to the newspapers in real life because the know the news before the public and they chose which way they want to interpret it and they way they do that can and will affect the way the public sees that piece of information. However after the murder we see that Macbeth regrets what he has done and feels guilt and says while looking at his ands "this is a sorry sight." However Lady Macbeth thinks he is foolish in what he has said ""foolish thought to say a sorry sight." This is showing us at this point that she is evil and feels no regret whereas Macbeth feels like a person who has done a terrible "duty" because it was needed and not wanted. Macbeth even starts to worry he fears that "all of Neptune's great sea could not wash the blood from his hands" and even kill the guards in front of many people because he is afraid. ...read more.


So because he cannot kill Macduff he has the whole of his house hold wife servant's children and all. This is when all but the weak feel threatened by Macbeth's power a have started to think ill of him and think that he has gone crazy. This action that Macbeth took may have been his down fall. Because it started the whole movement into action. After this massacre the whole of England think that he is a mad man and start to support Macduff and the princes. While this is happening Macbeth is in his castle thinking that he is safe from all harm because of the apparitions. When the armies stand outside the castle of Macbeth he starts to fell apprehensive but still content that he "cannot" be hurt. There is a big difference in his actions and feelings of Macbeth at this point in the play we no longer see the brave honourable Macbeth but an evil apprehensive Macbeth. However when the final conflict goes into action we see that the Macbeth we loved at the start of the story is hidden but still alive but he must fight to the death because what has happened in his life means that he is to far into his actions to stop he must follow through and see what happens. ...read more.

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