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The Different Aspects of Macbeth

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Introduction

The Different Aspects of Macbeth In this play,many different aspects of Macbeths character are revealed.He is portrayed as a soldier,a subject,a husband,a potential murderer and someone sought out by the witches. Macbeth is a basically good man who is troubled by his conscience and loyalty though at the same time ambitious and murderous. He is led to evil initially by the witches' predictions and then by his wife's goading, which he succumbs to because he loves her so. His obsession over the kingship shows a certain kind of egotism.Lady Macbeth is a good wife who loves her husband. She is also ambitious but lacks the morals of her husband. Act 1 Scene 1 opens with the three witches or 'wierd sisters' as they are otherwise called,whose predictions are the prompters of Macbeth's evil deed and all the evils which follow it. We first hear of Macbeth in this scene from the third witch. 'There to meet with Macbeth' (line 8) This establishes mystery,suspense and that something is meddling with Macbeth.The witches final words of the scene 'Fair is foul, and foul is fair' (line 10) sets the theme of the play.The reversal of normal moral values.The difference between appearance and reality. It is a very short but dramatic opening.The thunder and lightning.The wild open place.The witches.They are really meant to scare us.Of course in todays society, witchcraft is very deminished and has no power over us,but in Shakespeares day,most people believed and were afraid of witches so much so as to have them burned at the stake. ...read more.

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Duncan comments on how he was decieved by the Thane of Cawdor: 'Theres no art To find the mind's construction in the face: He was a gentleman or whom I built An absolute trust' (line 12-15) The audience will see the irony in these words.The 'fair is foul and foul is fair' theme is further verified in Duncans statement.Although Macbeth has the sentence of the amicable and dutiful host ("fair") he has considered plotting Duncans death ("foul").Macbeth and banquo enter.Duncan greets Macbeth as 'O worthiest cousin!' This shows his grattitude for leading his country to victory.The king informs Macbeth that he deserves greater payment than he is able to offer.Macbeths response is revealing when he says it is no more than our duty to do everything we can to ensure the safety of 'your love and honour' (line 27) This speech of loyalty has the ring of insincerity now.He is maybe expecting Duncan to name him as heir.Duncan then makes a very important announcement he nominates his son Malcom as heir to the throne.This again awakiens Macbeths black thoughts. 'The prince of Cumberland! that is a step On which I must fall down,or else o'erleaf, For in my way it lies'. Macbeth seems now to be harbouring thoughts of ambition which are evil.He's frightened of his own thoughts.He controls himself again-he doesnt want others or himself to acknowledge these thoughts.There is an ironic end to the scene in which Duncan praises Macbeth. ...read more.

Conclusion

fiercely attacks him and uses perocious power in her language.She declares she would have murdered her child whilst it was feeding at her breast rather than break such a promise that Macbeth has done. 'I have given such,and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would,while it was smiling in my face , Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, And dashed the brains out,had I sworn as you Have done to this' Macbeth finally weakens and gives in to this strong powerful language. 'If we should fail?' He submits to his wife. 'We fail!' Lady Macbeth confirms that they are in it together.She has rekindelled his ambition and wants to be part of his success.Lady Macbeth explains her plan for the murder. When Duncan is asleep and his two chamberlains asleep,the deed will be done and the blame will fall on his 'spongy officers' who will be framed with their own daggers.Macbeth accepts his wifes guidance and advice.She is in command.He is worried about being caught; 'False face must hide what the false heart doth know' He has been goaded and convinced by Lady Macbeth. In conclusion,Macbeth is a tragic hero.A tragic hero is a character that the audience sympathises with despite his actions that would indicate the contrary.Macbeth,in spite of his horrible murders,is a pitiable man.His saving grace is that he did not initially want to kill Duncan but later changed his mind after listening to his wife. ...read more.

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