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Macbeth coursework - Section A My essay will argue that Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's emotions and moods will change rapidly in such a way that it effects the rest of the play and the way other characters see them and think of them from this scene onwards. This scene also shows and implies the unrest and uncertainty about their relationship as a couple, and this may be one of the reasons why they did what they did towards the end of the play, along with their joint growing mental instability. At the banquet, Macbeth is just welcoming his guests when one of the murderers comes to the door. He informs Macbeth that Banquo is dead but Fleance has escaped. From here on in this scene Macbeth and lady Macbeth's mood and attitude to their guests and surroundings rapidly change, and show influence to their feelings through out the rest of the play. It is this matter that I will argue. At the start of the scene Macbeth acts the part of the confident and regal host. ...read more.


Here on forward his mood changes from being joyful and regal to becoming curious and anticipated. When Macbeth realises that something isn't quite right, and that the person sitting at the table is actually Banquo's ghost, he drops his cup and his mood immediately changes from being curious to being nervous, scared and shocked. Lady Macbeth by this time is getting very anxious, and approaches Macbeth when Ross says, "Gentlemen rise, his highness is not well." It is also interesting to know that some lords, seem from the situation to be worried and bewildered. Lady Macbeth is somewhat annoyed with Macbeth for not being a good host when she says, "To feed were best at home: From thence, the sauce to meat is ceremony; Meeting were bare without it." Here she uses a metaphor to explain that the meeting had no point without Macbeth's hospitality to the guests. At this stage in the scene Lady Macbeth is trying her utmost to calm Macbeth and keep him quiet, which is difficult because he is breaking out in short speeches of personification etc. ...read more.


Once they are left alone, Lady Macbeth gives way to a fit of depression. Her tone of voice seems to be dull, and her attention to the surroundings and situation distracted. The absence of Macduff marked him as a threat in Macbeth's mind, and one more person to be disposed of for his and his wife's evil safety. The characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have changed in different ways throughout the play so far, Macbeth has become more bloodthirsty and angry towards everybody even sometimes to Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth has had frequent changes in character and personality, she is starting to see the way that her husband is going and is trying to calm things down, as apposed to the beginning of the play where she was like Macbeth is now vice versa. In general what we have discovered about their characters is that they start off with different thoughts and ways forward and then change to the complete opposite, still clashing with each other's views. They were both young in deeds of violence at the beginning of the play, and with their murders and blood thirsty crimes have indeed become more used to it? Thomas Monger 9c 06/05/2007 ...read more.

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