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Macbeth is a complex character who changes dramatically through the course of the play. Discuss the complexities of his character, the changes that take place in him and why they happen. What is your personal response to him?

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Macbeth is a complex character who changes dramatically through the course of the play. Discuss the complexities of his character, the changes that take place in him and why they happen. What is your personal response to him? During this course work, I will be saying about how the Thane of Glamis turns into a tyrant king. I will also write about how the feelings towards Macbeth change over the play. At the beginning, his relationship with Lady Macbeth is very close as he tells her every thing. This is shown in act 1 scene 5 "Whiles I stood in rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who hailed me, 'Thane of Cawdor' by which these weird sisters saluted me." Most people would not have told their wives this in fear of being called mad but Lady Macbeth believes her husband. They also seem very close as when Macbeth first returns to his castle in act 1 scene 5 she yells "Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor!" to which Macbeth replied "My dearest love." The turning point of their relationship is when he does not tell Lady Macbeth about the planned murder of Banquo. After this their relationship deteriorate rapidly until the suicide of Lady Macbeth. I believe this deterioration of her relationship with Macbeth is the main reason of her end. ...read more.

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She says that she would kill her own baby during the tenderest moments if she had sworn to and she believes that Macbeth has sworn to commit the king's murder. She is the one whom drugs the guards and lays out the daggers. In act 2 scene 2, she consumes some alcohol and asks for the help of darks spirits "That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold, what hath quenched their thirst hath given me fire." She is the one we are made to dislike and mistrust. I believe this is a clever ploy by Shakespeare to throw us off the sent. Lady Macbeth never kills anyone through the course of the play. She tries to kill Duncan but fails to when she says in act 2 scene 2 "I laid their daggers ready, He could not miss 'em. Had he not resembled My father as he slept I had done it." I believe that the way he resembled her father was her conscience telling her not to do it. This could also be a sign that she still has not turned evil. Another thing which makes us dislike her is the way she deals with Duncan's death. Macbeth deals with it by grieving and showing his guilt in one huge chunk. ...read more.

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This shows how cut off he has become from all former ties. He seems to have lost everyone and thing he cared about to his own ambition, selfishness and greed. Through at this point I start to feel as though he deserved it. When everything the weird sister had foretold fits neatly in place he does the only thing he can do, kill more people. As he speaks with Young Seyward he seems almost born and as he kills him he scorns his attempts at revenge. When Macduff comes in and the last piece of Macbeth's jagged fate fall neatly into place he does the honourable thing. This involved fighting to the end like the true hero he was at the beginning. This last act shows every side of Macbeth. He panics, he takes life without a second thought, and he is a true hero while still maintaining that uncompleted corruptness he seems to have. The audience is meant to believe in the beginning that Macbeth is a good and hard working character. In the play he fights against the invading army. He earns his title and the land given to him by the king. He reacts with hostility when he sees the witches and doesn't want to kill the king. As the play progresses so does Macbeth's decent into insanity that leaves us hating the character. Paul Lappin's Shakespeare Coursework 1 1 of 2 ...read more.

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