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How the audiences’ perceptions on Macbeth change through out act one.

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I am writing an essay on the audiences' perceptions towards Macbeth through act one. This means what the audience's feelings and thoughts to Macbeth are. Macbeth's characteristics are up and down through out the whole of the act, from bad to good and evil to noble. This makes the audience unsteady on their thoughts about Macbeth. This essay will be my perception on what the audience's thoughts of Macbeth are as he changes through act one. Right from the beginning, the witches show that they want to involve Macbeth in their evil plans. For instance in scene 1 line 8 they say, 'There to meet with Macbeth.'. Unfortunately this shows Macbeth has been chosen as their victim. This starts the suspense up. The audience now wants to know who Macbeth is? But this would also make them feel sorry for him because the witches have now involved him in their plot. We hear about Macbeth again, when a Sergeant is talking to the king. In scene 2 lines 16-18 Captain says, 'For brave Macbeth-well deserves that name- Disdaining Fortune with his brandished steel Which smoked with bloody execution, Like Valour's minion carved out his passage'. ...read more.


Banquo a good friend of Macbeth warns him in scene 3 lines 121-123, ' but 'tis strange, And often times, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths,'. Banquo realises that the witches are evil and suspects that Macbeth might be taken in by them. He tries to warn Macbeth. Soon after that Macbeth starts to show signs of evilness, which is a bad thing. For instance in scene 4 lines 42-43 Macbeth says, 'If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me. With out my stir' Macbeth speculates that if he destined to become king. Then maybe it will happen regardless. So he might do something to make him king quicker. The audience is getting more and more of a picture of Macbeth as he shows more and more signs of evilness. We start to think he wasn't as noble and as good as we heard about him from the beginning of the act. In scene 4 lines 48-50 he says, 'The Prince of Cumberland : that is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies'. Macbeth realises that Malcolm (the kings son) ...read more.


He even shows dishonesty in scene 7 lines 82 where he says, 'False face must hide what the false heart doth know' Macbeth is prepared to be dishonest and deceitful in order to carry his plans. The audience's final perception of Macbeth was he is totally evil and completely crazy! Conclusion Here is a table of the Audience's Perceptions of Macbeth, through out the whole of Act 1! As you can see in the graph, the audience's perceptions of Macbeth go up and down through the act. At the beginning of the act we thought Macbeth was a good noble man, but that soon changed. Then we thought good and bad of him because his Behaviour was up and down, from good to bad, noble to deceitful, he went through many different stages. To the end of act one, his true colours finally showed and we saw how evil and crazy for power he was and that's why he killed the king. Our final perceptions of Macbeth in act 1,was that his hunger for the reign was so powerful and obsessive. Which eventually turned him into an evil madman, that sums it up to show how, from having morals and scruples as well as sincerity, his greed for the throne changed him to become cunning, deceitful, and a heartless Macbeth. Leaving the audience with mixed feelings. 1 Kane D'Rose Macbeth GCSE Assignment ...read more.

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