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The Changes in Macbeth.

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The Changes in Macbeth In the very first scene, Shakespeare makes us wonder about Macbeth when the witches announce that they will meet with Macbeth "upon the heath": "There to meet with Macbeth." During Act 1 Sc2, we get the impression that Macbeth is a courageous, noble war hero. This is brought to our attention when the Captain gives the king his account of the happenings: "For brave Macbeth." After this speech, Duncan then replies with: "Worthy gentleman, O, valiant cousin". This shows that from the small report that the Captain gave, he was already very proud of Macbeth and was a keen admirer in Macbeth's abilities on the battlefield. Then when the captain gives his accounts on when the Norwegians attacked, he said: "Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe. After Duncan hears the news that the current thane of Cawdor has conceded defeat, the king decides to strip him of his title, and give the honour to Macbeth as a reward for the great effort he put into the battle. This shows that the King thinks extremely highly of Macbeth. Then, in Act 1 Sc3, Macbeth and Banquo come across the weird sisters. ...read more.


That they did wake each other: I stood and heard them: But they did say their prayers, and addressed them Again to sleep." By the time he has murdered the king, the audience thinks of him now more as a noble hero, but can sympathise with him, and understand his motives. It is how he follows it up that the audience will dislike and it sets the seed of the murdering coward that eventually takes over him: "To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself." Macbeth now starts acting strange in private and Lady Macbeth is the only thing that seems to be protecting Macbeth from insanity: "These deeds must not be thought After these ways; so, it will make us mad" The action that Macbeth does that makes him least popular with the audience is the murdering of Banquo. Even more than that, he didn't have the stomach to do it himself. This shows that Macbeth has a Machiavellian character and that he would murder his own grandmother to preserve his reign. Because he murdered his best friend, Macbeth sends out signals that no one will be spared and that the only way that hey can rule for long is by killing everyone in his way. ...read more.


What their plan was that they would each carry a branch from the wood to disguise their numbers of soldiers from Macbeth so that he would fight because he was facing a small army. Also, even though the leaders of the rebel army didn't know it, they were also not breaking the witches predictions. It is at this point that Macbeth realises he has two choices: Stand and fight or surrender and be mocked. He decides to fight: "I'll fight, till from my bones my flesh be hacked." By doing this, Macbeth restores himself as the noble hero in the eyes of the audience. Macbeth comes across young Siward and they fight until Siward is slain. By doing this, Shakespeare makes the audience definitely think of Macbeth as a courageous, noble warrior. Then Macbeth and Macduff meet and fight. It is during the fight that Macbeth realises that Macduff was not born of woman as he was: "Untimely ripped from his mother's womb." Macbeth says that he will not fight Macduff, but soon changes heart, an says: "Why should I play the roman fool and die on my own sword" In the following fight, Macbeth is killed fighting. This shows that he didn't want to die a coward but as a fighter. ...read more.

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