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In what ways does the character of Macbeth change between Act I and Act III in the play Macbeth?

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In what ways does the character of Macbeth change between Act I and Act III in the play Macbeth? In this piece of coursework, I will be arguing the points for and against the change of the character Macbeth in the play 'Macbeth'. The play 'Macbeth' written by William Shakespeare and set in the 1080s, argues facts such as the strength of women in society and the main monarchy issues. Superstition and fate are another two things which the play argues throughout, as Macbeth always has a female influence with him, telling him what to think and how to act, in a sense that he is controlled by women throughout. As the story of Macbeth unfolds, Macbeth goes from being an honourable servant of King Duncan (soon to be killed by Macbeth), to a King who is determined to overcome fate and female influences. A character who suffers from his greed, dies at the hands of Macduff at the end. At the time when James I came onto the thrown, witchcraft was a huge part in society. The witchcraft act of 1562 stated that 'any persons who should use or practise witchcraft will be executed'. ...read more.

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'But screw your courage to the sticking place' could show Lady Macbeth is wanting her husband to become a real man and be strong and enthusiastic. In other words, she wants him to man-up! Macbeth's character completely changes at Act III, as Macbeth only really thinks about himself, than others. He hired two murders to kill Banquo for him, so he could keep himself out of the public eye and to ensure that no one knew what he was involved in. Macbeth however, believes that by burying your head under the sand and turning your head from all the problems you have got yourself into, will cover guilt, but in my opinion, I think Shakespeare was trying to tell us that once you have got yourself into a situation, there can be no turning back. When Macbeth is crippled with guilt in Act I, he visualises a dagger appearing before him, and I think that this convinced him to continue to kill, as this could be seen as a sign from God, telling him that this is the way his life should be lead; by killing for a living. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth is not always convinced by her husband's body language around her, as he becomes very paranoid and insecure around others. This leads her to believe that not everything is normal, so becomes suspicious of her husband's activities. '...that I may pour my spirits in thine ears' could show that Lady Macbeth has the power to kill inside her, but because she is a female, she wouldn't be able to kill someone physically. By using the words 'pour my spirits', Shakespeare is trying to pour Lady Macbeth's evil spirits into Macbeth. This is why she tries to pass on her power to Macbeth to kill, and maybe kill on behalf of her, for her own means. I now conclude that Macbeth's whole personality in Act I is completely different to how he behaves, acts and his whole stage appearance in Act III. Overall, Macbeth is described a dynamic character, whose whole appearance changes throughout the play. Macbeth had trust in the witches and their information, and he gained confidence on his own. He becomes very reliant on women, for information and guidance in the right direction. However, Macbeth whole behaviour and character changes from Act I to Act III, because guilt becomes noticeable and takes over, causing guilt to play a big part in Act III throughout. ?? ?? ?? ?? Joanna Richman 10Q2 ...read more.

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