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GCSE COURSEWORK: MACBETH Show How Much Macbeth Changes Throughout The Play Introduction Macbeth deals with many themes including Kingship, the supernatural, ambition and the nature of evil. However, its major theme is the nature of tragedy; where some fatal flaw in the character of the central figure, be it pride, greed, lust, ambition, leads to that figures downfall. Macbeth of course, is a major tragic figure and this essay will plot the rise and fall of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and attempt to give reasons for their demise. The play was probably first produced at Hampton Court in 1606 in front of King James. It contained many matters known to interest him such as demonology, the divine nature of Kings and the notion of rightful succession. It would no doubt have satisfied the King to see evil failing to succeed and the divine rights of Kings (Duncan's rightful heir, Malcolm being crowned at the end) ...read more.


He tells Lady Macbeth that he cannot kill King Duncan because he would be betraying his King and country. Lady Macbeth is spiteful to her husband and accuses him of not loving her the way he used to (emotional blackmail). Macbeth re-thinks killing King Duncan and seems confused. Lady Macbeth tells him the plan, and he is impressed both by her plan and by her attitude. He is now determined to kill Duncan. Macbeth fears that, if the witches' prophecies come true, he has killed Duncan for the benefit of Banqo's descendants. He hires two murderers to kill Banquo and makes them believe that it's Banquo's fault they became murderers. Macbeth tries to persuade them that becoming assassins will prove that they are `real` men. The murderers agree to kill Banquo. Macbeth hears from the return of the murderers that Banquo was dead but Fleance got away. Macbeth was not pleased. He rejoined the banquet. He saw the ghost of Banquo on his seat. ...read more.


Overall, Macbeth himself was the one who followed the path of evil. Macbeth as a tragic hero because he had great qualities that he wasted in taking the throne that was not rightfully his, and he would do everything in his power to get it. Towards the end of the play the witches tell Macbeth that no one can kill him unless they are not born from a woman. They also said to beware of Macduff. Macbeth killed Macduff's family to be certain that nothing will happen to him. Macduff goes to England and meets Donalbain. They come back with an English and Scottish army. They hid behind bushes in Birnam Wood, and carried branches so that Macbeth couldn't see how many of them there were. Macbeth had no choice but to fight. Macbeth thought he could not be defeated but Macduff told him that he was not born naturally. He killed Macbeth and showed everyone his head. Scotland was finally free from the evil Macbeth had brought with him. Malcolm was declared King and Scotland lived in peace. ...read more.

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