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I will be exploring the development/deterioration of Macbeth's character through act 2 scene 1 and 2. I

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In this essay I will be exploring the development/deterioration of Macbeth's character through act 2 scene 1 and 2. I will explore areas such as relationships with other characters, Macbeth's mental stability, confusion which is caused by Macbeth's situation and how it affects him. At the start of the soliloquy in act 2 scene 1 Macbeth's character seems mesmerised and confused by the sight of the dagger. 'Is this a dagger I see before me, the handle toward my hand'. You can tell that Macbeth is confused from the words he uses. For example, 'is'. 'Is' makes it seem as if he is not sure whether the dagger is real or not, it represents uncertainty. ...read more.

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Also I believe that the confusion we see transforms into the nervousness we see after Macbeth has killed Duncan. "Knocking within. Whence is that knocking? How is't with me every noise appals me? What hands are here?" because Macbeth was confused when he committed the murder of Duncan he hadn't planned on what he was going to do afterwards. I think that Macbeth's mental stability slowly deteriorates through out the whole play. At the start of the play, I think that Macbeth is a happy person who does not want anymore than he has, but then the witches come along prophesising about the future of Macbeth. " First witch: all hail to Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of glamis. ...read more.

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Banquo: "I dreamed last night of the three weird sisters; to you they have showed some truth." Macbeth: " I think not of them". Macbeth lies to his best friend (Banquo) because he say's he has not thought of the "weird sisters" but he has been really because it is there prophecy which has inspired him to start plotting the murder of king Duncan. Also his relationship with his wife begins to deteriorate through his wife putting pressure on him to commit the atrocity of killing Duncan. For my conclusion I believe that Macbeth's character slowly deteriorates instead of developing. I think that it deteriorates into a confused unstable man who feels lonely and scared. I think that if the witches had not turned up then Macbeth would still be living a normal life. ...read more.

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