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Show How Shakespear Presents Dramatically the Process By Which Macbeth Comes To the Decision To Kill Duncan.

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SHOW HOW SHAKESPEAR PRESENTS DRAMATICALLY THE PROCESS BY WHICH MACBETH COMES TO THE DECISION TO KILL DUNCAN. In the play by William Shakespear there are many ways in which he presents Macbeth to killing Duncan. To look at this I must concentrate my essay in to the main factors that influenced Macbeth and how Shakespear presents these main factors. When Macbeth is deciding whether to kill Duncan or not, he is influenced in his process to decided. One of these influences is a psychological influence of ambition, Macbeth is so amazed at the proposition of becoming king his brain becomes fixed to one aim and all other consequences and morality are thrown out of the window. He is also influenced by the dark forces of the witches, they are a major part of his decision as the have told Macbeth that he will become king. The final influence on Macbeth is his wife, in modern day society the wife is meant to look after you and love you. However in the play this love is overridden by the thought of becoming queen. So lady Macbeth would do anything to reach this position even if it begins to kill her. So for the rest of my essay I will try to explain in more detail about these influences and how Macbeth finally came to the decision. I will be starting with the influences of the witches on Macbeth and how Shakespear presents them dramticaly. Supernatural beings are used to create dramatic emphasis in all forms of literature. Shakespeare uses witches, ghosts, and apparitions in, Macbeth to generate this effect. ...read more.


Even before that early point in the play, Lady Macbeth has already demonstrated that she is two-faced. When Duncan first arrives at the castle, Lady Macbeth acts as a welcome hostess, when in reality she has different plans for Duncan than she lets on. However despite her eagerness earlier in the play, Lady Macbeth also shows the fear of getting caught when she unintentionally gives herself away in her sleep (V. i.). Though her fear can hold back itself during a conscious state of being, she can do nothing about it when she is asleep. Lady Macbeth also sleepwalks and talks in her sleep, she demonstrates a fear that clearly represents the fact that she is scared of being caught. She talks of going to bed and washing her hands, "Out, damned spot, out, I say!" (V. i.). When she yells about ridding herself of Duncan's blood, she is presenting a metaphor: she does not truly want to be rid of Duncan's blood itself, but rather the fear and guilt that his murder has forced upon her. The constant nightmares she has and the fear and guilt she must live will become too much; she commits suicide, proving once again that she is a villain because she cannot deal with the repercussions of her actions. I think Shakespear is giving his audience two decisions to make at this point. Firstly he wants people to feel a little sympathetic for her as they can see her slowly deteriorating in front of their eyes. He also want the audience to think she evil in the ways she persuades Macbeth in to murdering. ...read more.


He gives three reasons for not performing the murder. First, it would be rash. Secondly, it would violate the blood-tie of a kinsman, the loyalty of a subject, and the duty of a host. Finally, he suggests that Duncan has been so blameless a king that to kill him would be monstrous. He controls his ambition for the moment and resolves not to kill the king. However, if he assures the safety during his life, he would gladly "jump the life to come". Finally, Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth, reveals Macbeth's weakness of his decision, by calling him a coward without manhood and says that Macbeth does not really love her. Her speech changes Macbeth's mind, all his fears are vanished. He is then no longer troubled by any sense of morality, and determines to proceed the murder. From that time, he plunges into a life of evil. In conclusion, the conflict between Macbeth's conscience and his evil instincts is enormous. However, his struggle against the temptations becomes weaker and weaker each time: from the point he is able to reject the idea of murder to gain the kingship, to the point he is willing to commit it only regarding the risks, and finally his decision to perform the evil deed. All these suggest that he has brought his own deterioration in character. It is mainly due to his weakness in the face of temptation and his ambitious character. He could overcome the temptations and the prompting of his evil ambition by an effort, but he chooses not to. His gradual downfall of character brought by himself heightens the tragic effect. People will always feel to see such a respectable hero turning from good to evil, when experiencing the extreme conflicts within himself and witnessing his choice to become the slave of evil. ...read more.

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