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Macbeth attitude change using the speeches from Act 1 scene 7 and Act 5 scene 5

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Describe How Macbeth's Attitude Changes as the play progresses using the speeches from Act 1 scene 7 and Act 5 scene 5 Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays the way that he uses the full potential of all his characters and still manages to make the play a tragedy is outstanding. The two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have similar roles. We see them changing their roles through the play to suit the mood they are in. If we look at two of Macbeth's key speeches in the play in Act 1 Scene 7 and Act 5 Scene 5, we see the changes in his character are very prominent. In Act 1 Scene 7, the use of "if" as the first word implies Macbeth still hasn't made up his mind about the assassination of Duncan and He says "if the assassination could trammel up the consequence" implying the Macbeth would definitely go ahead with the murder of Duncan, if no-one asked any questions about the murder afterwards, which is of course absurd. ...read more.

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The use of words such as "Bloody and poison'd," show to use that one half of Macbeth is quite evil. The other half then fights back, with him portraying Duncan as an angel, with words such as "angels trumpet tongued," and "naked new-born babe." The use of strong alliteration such as "deep damnation," and "trumpet-tongued," emphasises the image Macbeth is trying to portray. The extremely strong feelings of guilt overpower the ambition. Saying that Duncan "Hath bourn his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his office, that his virtues will plead like angels trumpet-tongued." Using similes to liken Duncan to angels. And the use of Meek, meaning that Duncan has been so nice in his Throne and always pleased the people. Macbeth again tries to stop himself from committing the murder by making him feel sorry for himself, and how this will affect the people. This shows a kind side to Macbeth. "Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, that tears shall drown the wind." ...read more.

Conclusion

In the next short passage Macbeth talks with much repetition, this shows how tired he has become of his current situation and how he wishes to leave this situation. He uses many "s" sounds when he is speaking because the letter s gives a very evil image and helps portray Macbeth's character. He starts not caring about life anymore because he believes it isn't worth living. "Life is but a walking shadow," "Signifying nothing." Macbeth is now about to give up on life and his mood has changed form a man with pride in Act 1 to a man who does not wish to live anymore in Act 5. We can see from these two differing scenes that Macbeth has been exposed to very extreme circumstances, but Shakespeare makes us still believe the whole story because of the ability we have to look into the thoughts of the Main characters. We knew Macbeth would come to bloody death from one circumstance or another because this play is a tragedy and like many tragic heroes of the time has a fatal flaw; Macbeth's flaw was his ambition. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amar Sohal ...read more.

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