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Macbeth is a complex character. How does Shakespeare manipulate our opinion of Macbeth at different points of the play? Macbeth is a play set in the highlands of Scotland and is about a great warrior who is turned evil by temptation of power. The play is believed to have been written between 1603 and 1607 and was written by William Shakespeare. There is evidence of Shakespeare trying to make the play more appealing to King James who was on the throne at the time. King James liked the idea of witchcraft and he believed that somewhere in his family tree he had a great grandfather named Banquo and so Shakespeare used these to attract the King and please him. The first scene is where the three witches use Macbeths name and they begin to plot how they will shape his life for the worse. However the audience sees Macbeth as you would a normal person. The audience are left wandering who is Macbeth and why these three weird sisters are using his name. The play continues with Macbeth being mentioned in a letter to the King in the play. The audience now learn that Macbeth is not just a random name picked out by a group of witches. ...read more.


The next scene is where the audience begin to dislike Macbeth and his wife because they begin to set the tone for the rest of the play. At the beginning of the scene Macbeth is seen to be having a debate with his conscience over whether to kill the king. This is because killing the king is the worst crime you could commit and for somebody who has served him and been praised by him, the idea would be abhorrent. The second reason would be that the scene is set in Macbeths own home and in this time it is still considered that a guest is a very important person when visiting, whether it was the king or not so Macbeth has to battle with that. What turns the audience against Macbeth is that he has been influenced by his wife, While suggests he is indecisive in making his own decisions. This is shown in the play when Lady Macbeth discovers him debating killing the king she says to him. "Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem." After Macbeth has killed the king he begins a decent into self destruction. ...read more.


Next Macbeth meets the three witches again and one again they proclaim three prophecies, chief of which was to beware of Mucduff. So because he has no problems with killing people so he sends people to kill Mucduff and his family. However when they arrive at his house, Mucduff is nowhere to be seen so they just kill his family. When Mucduff finds this out he is determined to find the killer. The audience now find Macbeth to be a monster Soon Macbeth has lost control of the kingdom and he knows that his time is short. The audience are at rock bottom in their opinion of Macbeth and believe that he has a lot coming to him and so they would like to see Macbeth killed or at least hurt because of what he has done to the people who he supposedly cares about and especially his closest friend. At the best point in this scene Mucduff and the army arrive to arrest Macbeth and so with what little pride Macbeth has and knowing that he is going to die. He fights and this redeems a little respect from the audience. He has seen that he has done wrong and so they know that he isn't all bad natured and this makes them sympathetic in a way because he is going to die. ...read more.

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