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Macbeth

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Introduction

Macbeth At the end of act one Macbeth has decided to kill his cousin Duncan, king of Scotland. In this essay I will be giving a full account of all the influences and personalities that led to this decision. A strong influence in Macbeth's life is Lady Macbeth as she is a very determined and dominant lady and her aim is for her husband to become king. She tells Macbeth in scene five that "It is too full o' the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great; art not without ambition..." showing that she realises although he has plenty of ambition he is too kind. She says to herself "The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan..." ...read more.

Middle

Banquo warns Macbeth about trusting supernatural messages however Macbeth can think of nothing else. This suggests Macbeth is already under the witches spell as in the first scene "Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air," he is seen to repeat the words of the witches. However we can see that Banquo thinks of them as evil, "What! Can the devil speak true?" but not Macbeth. Macbeth also wants to learn more about what the witches think as they are already getting to him "Strange intelligence? Or why upon this blasted health you stop our way with such prophetic greeting?" The main theme that presents itself throughout the act is that of ambition. One quotation that Macbeth says that demonstrates this is in scene seven "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another factor to be considered is that of chance. This is directly related to the witches because without their prophecy's coming true Macbeth would never have believed he might one day be king. "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter." At the end of the act we see that two of the above have already come true for Macbeth and now he feels he's definitely going to be king. The conclusion of this act shows that although Macbeth is a brave hero, his fatal weakness is that of ambition. Fuelled by his wife's desire for him to become king and his belief in the witches' prophecies, he decides that King Duncan must be killed. "False face must hide what the false heart doth know." By Stephen McIlwaine ...read more.

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