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Making reference to Language and imagery, trace who or what is responsible for Macbeth's transition from "brave Macbeth" to be abhorred by the end of the play.

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Making reference to Language and imagery, trace who or what is responsible for Macbeth's transition from "brave Macbeth" to be abhorred by the end of the play. The play of "Macbeth" is based around a soldier who went by the name of Macbeth Ambition got the better of Macbeth and drove him to work his way up the hierarchy by whatever means he thought was necessary. Of course he did meet some obstacles on the way, but instead of hurdling over them he got rid of them. Eliminating these obstacles is what caused Macbeth's transition from a "brave Macbeth" to "abhorred heir" by the end of the play. However it's not a clear cut answer. There were many contributing factors. It wasn't simply all Macbeth's doing that got him where he was at the end of the play. Many characters played a role in his downfall. At the start of the play we do not meet Macbeth but we are told about him, 'For brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name,' here is where a soldier is speaking to King Duncan and telling him that Macbeth does deserve to be called brave. This is where we first hear of Macbeth before we actually meet him. The next thing that the soldier tells Duncan is a small piece of description of why Macbeth should be called brave, 'Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel, Which smok'd with bloody execution,' Here Shakespeare uses certain dramatic words to create an image of what Macbeth was like. ...read more.

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Macbeth does not agree, but later in scene seven, he tells Lady Macbeth: 'We will proceed no further in this business'. She responds by attacking his manhood, calling him a coward and referring to a promise she never made. 'I would while it was smiling in my face Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have you done to this'. Macbeth never made a promise to kill Duncan but Lady Macbeth is trying to manipulate him by saying if she had made a promise to kill her child she would, Macbeth has sworn to kill Duncan but she is simply playing with his mind and trying to get him to go along with the murder. Later on in scene seven Macbeth tells his wife that he doesn't want to take the positions away from the soldiers or Thanes because they have earned their position and clothes that hey wear, he just wanted to become King the easiest and quickest way. Lady Macbeth tries to explain to her husband that there will be an obstacle or downside along the way, 'Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' Like the poor cat i' th' adage?' Lady Macbeth here tries to be persuasive by telling Macbeth that she would not let fear get the better of her as he was starting to do. ...read more.

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It seems that his darker side was turning towards the light, but still, Macbeth refused to let anyone or anything threat his reign, except his death. 'But get thee back my soul is too much charged With the blood of thine already.' Shakespeare uses imagery here to show how Macbeths' soul is fully charged like a battery but with all the bad deeds he had committed. This part of the play is where Macbeth is confronted by Macduff and he is remorseful that he has killed Macduff's household. But nevertheless the deed was done and Macbeth could only blame himself for it. In conclusion I think that Macbeth was more so to blame for his own transition. He may have been pushed into the murdering of Duncan but everything else he made his own mind up about. Sure there where many limiting factors in Macbeths' transition such as Lady Macbeth, the witches and another big factor being his ambition which was probably reflecting his decision making but this cannot be excused as he knew exactly what he was doing and what his aim was, to become the King of Scotland. However he does show some remorse before he is killed. Before Macbeth was killed Macduff started to fight with him but Macbeth could fight no more and so Macbeth was beheaded. This does show that he may have finally realised what he had done or that he was blinded from the truth by his ambitions. ...read more.

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