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Illustrate How The Play Develops As A Tragedy And Analyse The Relative Elements In Three Scenes

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Macbeth Illustrate How The Play Develops As A Tragedy And Analyse The Relative Elements In Three Scenes The tragedy of Macbeth, authored by Shakespeare, is a play that concentrates on the characteristic flaws in the noble hero, Macbeth, which lead to pitiful consequences. The tragedy is always down to a tragic hero- a character which the audience remains sympathetic with because at their core, they are admirable; however, certain sinister influences that originate within their own self are then encouraged by other characters, which helps lead to the final tragedy- the fall of the tragic hero. That character, in this case, is Lady Macbeth who manipulates Macbeth's sense of worth between sacrificing his soul for the reward of kingship to satisfy her own selfish ambition to gain power. This manipulation is highlighted by the battle of wills (ambition/temptation versus honour) fought inside Macbeth as he thinks over what his wife has said He could have, in an outright manner, asserted to Lady Macbeth that he would NOT murder Duncan, and there would have been no need for a battle of wills within him. However this is not the case because he allows that battle to run its course- it's his tragic flaw that stops his from dismissing the whole idea; consequently this flaw in reasoning leads him to murder Duncan. It is this very flaw which is responsible for the drive behind everything Macbeth perpetrates. In definition, it's a sinister, and to begin with, very low-key ambition; for example, at the beginning he doesn't really expect the title of Thane of Cawdor after the first battle and is pleasantly surprised when he does receive it; however, after receiving that title, unfamiliar desires begin to take form such as the uncontrollable anticipation to become King. But it's his extreme weakness to resist psychological persuasion in the form of insults (which his wife plays on) ...read more.

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With the help of invisible sprits, she wants to make herself able to commit a heinous act of murder to make her dreams of the royal life come true, without having reservations or remorse. She approaches Macbeth with her intent to kill King Duncan. Macbeth, although wanting the prophecy to come true, and become king, lacks the enthusiasm his wife has, to commit the murder. Lady Macbeth urges Macbeth to act on his desires or he will later think of himself as a coward. All of this goes straight into Macbeth's mind, which is full of ideas for glory and honour (after all he is proclaimed a great warrior). Maybe the dishonour that cowardice would bring is too great a burden for "brave Macbeth". Lady Macbeth's orchestration of the murder exemplifies the twisted atmosphere in Inverness. Both a woman and a host, she should be the model of grace and femininity. She is described, however, as a "fiendlike queen" (Act 5, Scene 6, Line 69) and exhibits a cold, calculating mentality. Act 1, scene 3 is really where his tragic flaw is exposed for the first time. At the banquet held in honour for the inauguration of Macbeth as the new King, is possibly where the most alarming occurrence for Macbeth and the most awkward moments of discomfiture for Lady Macbeth coincide. It's a vital scene to the play because it shows how Macbeth's sense of guilt reaches a climax along with the tragic consequences of the tragic flaw. From here, Macbeth's undoing begins. The scene opens as Macbeth is welcoming his guests when one of the murderers comes to the door. He informs Macbeth that Banquo is dead: Macbeth asks him "There's blood upon thy face". He is clearly pleased with this news. He praises his wickedness warmly "thou art the best of the cut-throats". The absence of any remorse or compassion in Macbeth's speech shocks the audience and suggests that he become truly evil. The murderer continues his speech mentioning Fleance's escape. ...read more.

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Macbeth is seen as at his lowest b4 this action and this lifts him a little. He wished to die as warrior. This reveals a streak of heroism within him, thus a source of nobility. Macbeth ends exactly how it began: with a victorious battle in which a noble hero kills a traitor and displays his head. In act one we hear of Macbeth's bravery and how he cuts off a traitors head. Here at the end of the tragedy Macbeth himself who was a traitor to Duncan and his family gets his head cut off. It's a cruel twist! Macbeth, as a Tragedy, has been a very carefully composed play with each theme, minor and major, playing a significant role in the outcome. In conclusion, I have to say that Macbeth, in spite of his horrible murders, is a pitiable man. His saving grace is that he did not initially want to kill Duncan but later changed his mind after listening to his wife. In addition, Macbeth internally suffered because he could not enjoy his royal status. Fear, paranoia, exhaustion and sleeplessness plagued him despite his sovereignty. Lady Macbeth is also a tragic hero. Her initial courage and daring did not last long, and she quickly deteriorated into a delusional, hapless somnambulist. On concluding the part played by a fate in this play, I believe it has not been investigated sufficiently enough for further analysis. However there are recognisable limits to this issue- Shakespeare has left many unanswered questions in various parts of the play, relating to fate, that he believes can only be answered by the individual their self. On one hand I think the evil fate of Macbeth was pre arranged by the supernatural and on the other I am saying that people are responsible for there own actions. It all comes down to the question- do you believe in fate? Macbeth - English Cswk Piece 4/5 -- 12/11/01 3:19 PM Mussadiq Khan | 4,581 | Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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