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Macbeth's change in charcter

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This essay will outline the main influences on Macbeth's character. I will highlight the differences in this personality and how dramatically his character changes and why he chose to act as he did. In order to do this, I have to look at the play from other critical aspects. I have a great advantage also as I attended "Macbeth" at Crumlin Road Gaol on November 2nd 2007. This advanced my knowledge and understanding of the play. I will analyse the transition in Macbeth's character from an apparent heroic position to that of a merciless tyrant, corrupted by forces both within, and beyond, his control. Macbeth is first seen as a heroic worthy character in the play. This is shown through the language Shakespeare uses also when King Duncan first refers to him saying: "O valiant cousin, worthy gentle man." (Act 1 scene 2 L24) King Duncan says this as he hears the good news of the battle. He has found out that Macbeth has fought valiantly against his enemies and rewards him with this new title. In Act One Scene Two Line 1, we receive the first indication that violence is going to be integrated into the plot and we see this later through the violent actions of Macbeth. Even Duncan himself alludes to the violent implications of the play when he says: "What bloody man is that?" (Act1 Scene2 L1) ...read more.

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And to be more that what you were, you would be so much more of a man." (Act 1 Scene7 L49-51) We see here that Macbeth allows himself to be manipulated by his wife who insidiously attacks his manhood and we see here the power that she exercises over her husband which proves that she is a major influence on his character. We see this further (following the murder of Duncan) when she chastises him for taking the daggers from the place remarking: "Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there, go carry them and smear the sleepy grooms with blood." (Act2 Scene 2 L51-5.) Here Lady Macbeth is ordering her husband to do what she says and so we believe that she is a motivating factor in her husband's fate- driving Macbeth to kill his king. Macbeth's character is clearly changing at this point in the play and he is seen to have changed significantly from the image of the 'noble Macbeth.' Even the witches refer to him as "wicked:" "By the pricking of my thumbs something wicked this way comes." (Act4 Scene1 L44-5) This proves that Macbeth has changed; this is a very significant part in the play. Even Macbeth's language changes throughout as he once spoke courteously to people, for example when he is made the 'Thane of Cawdor' he politely greets Ross and Angus by saying "I thank you, gentlemen" (Act1Scene3L47) ...read more.

Conclusion

Clodagh Mc Henry Creative End of para 1. For weeks now the Free-Staters have been waging a ferocious war against the 'irregulars', which brings back terrible memories of the previous war with the 'Auxies' and the 'Black and Tans'. De Valera was right when he said that the 'Volunteers would have to wade through Irish blood'- this is exactly what is happening in Ireland at present. Para 4 -What is this tragic news which I must impart to you? It all happened on Friday last. I was ordered to mount a rooftop and patrol an area near to 'The Four Courts.' A fierce gun-fight ensued ,resulting in the loss of several men from my unit. Then I took a hit from a sniper, hidden deep within the darkness of a roof-top opposite. I didn't even look to see if I recognized the insurgent. I shot back at him immediately and the perpetrator fell to the ground, stiff. Lifeless. Dead. The blood was oozing from my right forearm. . . Then the guilt set it and, * and the thought that I had killed someone so close to me. There is no telling what a man might do in a desperate situation; in times of war we do the most awful things to one another. Seamus and I were so close and in that one brief second, everything we meant to one another was shattered! How could this happen? My world is at an end! ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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