• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH The play 'Macbeth' changes dramatically during the course of the play. Write an essay from the beginning of the story, showing the summary of the plot and make points on how it changes dramatically. At the beginning of the play, three witches meet on a heath and an atmosphere of malevolence is presented. They spoke about meeting Macbeth on the heath. Later on news was brought to King Duncan of the battle between the Scottish King's army, which is ked by Macbeth and Banquo and an invading force from the Norway. The Norwegians armies have been defeated and Macbeth's bravery has played a major role in the Scottish victory. As a result of this, the king rewarded Macbeth by making the thane of cawdor, after the arrest of the current thane of cawdor, who had deviously with the Norwegians. The three witches confronted Macbeth and Banquo as they return from the battle. They greeted Macbeth by saying 'All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane Glamis', 'All hail Macbeth, hail to thee Thane Cawdor', 'All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter'. These greetings are prophecies to Macbeth; the first part of the prophecy was already fulfilled while others brought confusions to Macbeth. When the witches were confrontation of the witches to Macbeth, they also greeted Banquo by saying 'lesser than Macbeth, and greater', 'Not so happy, yet happier', 'Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none'. ...read more.

Middle

When he said that the king is dead Macbeth puts on a convincing performance of shocked and runs to the chamber. Immediately when the incident was reported to the King's sons they flee away from Scotland. Donaldbain to Ireland and Malcolm to England. Banquo secretly suspected Macbeth of the Murder. Macbeth requested of Banquo's presence that night at supper. Shakespeare also uses soliloquy on Macbeth when speaks of his fears about Banquo and the witches' prophecy that it would be Banquo's rather than his sons who would from dynasty. Macbeth has also had nightmares where he was Banquo and his son killing him and taking his crown from him. As a result of his nightmare he decided to kill Banquo and his son Fleance without the knowledge of his wife. At this moment there is a change in the play because Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have switch places because Macbeth is normal the strong partner because he now finds murder to be easy. The hired killers by Macbeth have killed Banquo, but Fleance escapes. Macbeth hears from the killers that Banquo has been killed but Fleance escapes, this news increases Macbeth's anguish. Later on a Banquet was held at Dunsinane, all the guest are all seated and Macbeth is invited to take the last empty seat. But he cannot find one because the ghost of Banquo has taken it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth feels that he is indestructible because of the witches' prophecy that 'man that's born of woman shall not kill him'. Macduff appears, bent on personal revenge for the murder of his wife and babes. Siward reveals that the castle has been breached and victory for the rebels is now close. Macduff confronts Macbeth, who defiantly tells him of the 'charmed life' the witches' prophecy promises him. Macbeth and Macduff were fight and Macbeth has the chance to kill Macduff but he spears him. Then Macduff reveals that he was 'ripped' from his mother's womb by a Caesarean operation and therefore he is not of a woman born. Macbeth's last hope has gone but he stills has sufficient pride left to fight to the death rather than surrender. Since when Macduff has revealed that he not of woman born, he is then the only one that can kill Macbeth and he did. Macduff brings Macbeth's head and Malcolm is hailed as the new King of Scotland. Malcolm pronounces that everyone who fled the tyrant of Macbeth's rule should be welcomed back home and agents of Macbeth should be punished. In conclusions, Macbeth was the weak partner at the beginning and during the course of the play Macbeth became the strong partner when he finds murdering easy while Lady Macbeth becomes weaker when she imagines that the blood from the deed are still on her hands. Macbeth change of character changes the story dramatically because he went from been called 'worthy' and 'brave' and was referred to as a 'butcher' at the end by Malcolm. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Discuss the Role Played by the Witches in the Tragedy of Macbeth

    3 star(s)

    The witches were expected to fly. The air they fly through is foggy and "filthy". Undoubtedly an evil atmosphere has been created in the opening scene of this tragic play. Act 1 scene 3 is a crucial scene. This is the scene that sets the plot in motion.

  2. A classical tragedy tells the story of the downfall of a great man.

    Macbeth understands that the dagger isn't real. His explanation for this vision is his "heat-oppressed brain". The fact that Macbeth goes on and on about this dagger being "...a false creation..." leads us to believe that he is trying to convince himself, not us. Macbeth hears his wife ring a bell and Macbeth's last words refer to superstition, "...Heaven, or to Hell."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work