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In committing Duncan's murder and organising the murder of other influential characters, Macbeth's character changes from good to evil.

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In committing Duncan's murder and organising the murder of other influential characters, Macbeth's character changes from good to evil. What factors contribute to his change in character and which dramatic devices help the audience become aware of this descent into evil? Throughout the course of the play, Macbeths character changes from good to evil. As the audience we are given plenty of opportunities to look at the way in which he changes and the influences that help bring about the alteration in character. Shakespeare also uses dramatic devises to highlight Macbeths change. In this essay I am going to explore the influences that Macbeth was exposed to and the effect that Shakespeare use of dramatic devices has on the audience's awareness. It is clear from the beginning of the play that Macbeth is a brave war hero. He is also the king's cousin. He may have been simply fed up if being just a war hero and may be tempted by the thought of being more, Thane or even King. Ambition may have driven him. In Act 1 Scene 3 the three witches greet Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor, Glamis and finally King. When Macbeth hears the witch's prophecy we see how willing he is to believe it. ...read more.


As I mentioned when I discussed Macbeth's ambition, when he realised what was affecting him he changes his mind and decides not to kill Duncan, it is only when he tells Lady Macbeth of this that she reverts him back to his original plans. So In contrast, we can see that although Macbeth's ambition had a significant effect on Macbeth, he was able to realise it and stop himself, it was only when Lady Macbeth became involved that he regressed to his sinister thoughts At the beginning of Macbeth's descent into evil, Lady Macbeth is the stronger of the partnership but as the end of the play approaches, their roles are clearly reversed as we see Lady Macbeth turn into a mere shadow of her former self eventually taking her own life after she reaches insanity. Although she had the strength to ease Macbeth's fears, she was unable to suppress her own.. Lady Macbeth also turns into an evil and sinister person like her husband but unlike Macbeth she is a willing candidate. She asks evil spirits to take away her feminine qualities and replace them with traits that will allow her to aid Macbeth in his accession to the throne. ...read more.


"I have almost forgot the taste of fears;" He does in fact comment that in the past he would have reacted to every strange sound but has now changed. However, when the guard informs him that Great Birnam Woods appears to be marching towards the castle, he resorts back to the fearful character that the audience had witnessed before. " I pull in resolution and begin To doubt th' equivocation of the fiend" In conclusion to looking at all the elements that have had effect on Macbeth's alteration in disposition I believe that his wife, Lady Macbeth had the greatest effect on Macbeth and his actions. Although Macbeth's ambition brought him problems, he realised his flaw and was able to control it until Lady Macbeth intervened. Although I would probably be right in saying that the witches brought about all the events that occurred in the play and told Macbeth of his future, it was only when he spoke to Lady Macbeth that she told him to act upon it, had he not, he would have almost certainly left it down to fate. Fear and insecurity doubtlessly played the smallest part in Macbeth's fall into iniquity, although they were present for the majority of the play. Lady Macbeth herself was truly evil due to her own request for malevolence and hunger for royalty. She had the most immense effect on Macbeth. Samantha Long 11V2 ...read more.

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