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Macbeth's character devlopment in Act 1 Scene 7

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Macbeth Coursework 2nd Draft George Discuss Shakespeare's use of language in Act 1 Scene 7 to show development in Macbeth's character (1000 Words) The following essay will examine Shakespeare's use of language in the entirety of Act 1 Scene 7. The scene is vital to Macbeth's character development as well as to understanding of the play. Macbeth's soliloquy shows us Macbeth's psyche before the time of Duncan's death; and this essay will be looking at the use of language in the scene in greatly detail. Before the witches' predictions Macbeth was merely a noble soldier free of the lust for power, this was all until he was told of the prophecies. Once awarded the title of Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth's doubts were diminished as one of their prophecies had come true. The audience is hesitant as to whether or not Macbeth will feel the need to become King. Shakespeare shows us how pivotal the scene is to the play, as it marks a turning point for Macbeth's character. Shakespeare uses Macbeth's soliloquy to provide us with a glimpse of the complications Macbeth will face if he makes a decision regarding Duncan's death. ...read more.


Once Macbeth's soliloquy ends, Lady Macbeth enters the scene and approaches her husband and tells him that Duncan has finished his meal giving him the subtle hint that she still wants him to murder the King. Macbeth's soliloquy gives the audience the idea that he will no longer commit the treason; this is shown when he tells her that he wishes to 'proceed no further in this business'. Shakespeare intentionally put Macbeth's soliloquy at the start of the scene as it will contrast the decision he comes to make later. While a man should be more authoritative than a woman, this is not the case at all in this relationship; Shakespeare tries to show the audience how this specific relationship differs to others in terms of power and control. Macbeth's current state of denial only fuels her bloodlust even further; this is shown, as Macbeth's psyche seems to have been manipulated by his wife. This gives the audience a sense of uncertainty regarding what Macbeth will do next. Shakespeare's language in the scene is showing the audience the contrast between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in many aspects, the most evident being the language they each use. ...read more.


In this scene Shakespeare shows us the difference between the two characters and the dynamic of their abnormal relationship. One should be there for the other at all times during marriage, yet here; one is only there for the other when times are bad. The audience is given an idea of the vast differences between the two and how they are nothing alike for a husband and wife. This scene may be, if not, is the most pivotal to the play and for the development of the characters. Shakespeare leaves the audience pondering the morality of Macbeth's actions and how they can contrast mankind and humanity as a whole. Shakespeare was trying to show the audience how vulnerable humans are and how easy to manipulation we are today. In Shakespearean times people may have been shocked to witness the idea of a man killing his own King, yet today; I believe the philosophical impact of the scene differs greatly. In today's modern world, with all the killing and corruption present, Shakespeare's message that humans and mankind can be evil seems to have been proven to great measures over the years. 1,153 Words ...read more.

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