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Through a careful examination of the stages by which Macbeth arrives at this point, explore why he commits 'this terrible feat' and how Shakespeare has made the process dramatically interesting for the audience.

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Macbeth Coursework Through a careful examination of the stages by which Macbeth arrives at this point, explore why he commits 'this terrible feat' and how Shakespeare has made the process dramatically interesting for the audience. Through this essay I will be looking at every point of view about Macbeth. I will be studying his attitudes and actions before and after we see him on stage. I will be paying close attention to people's thoughts and attitudes about him, and also what affect they have on Macbeth. I will be examining the different thoughts he has about committing Duncan's murder and eventually come up with a summery about why I feel he eventually goes ahead with the deed. I will also be seeing how Shakespeare tries to make the lead up interesting for the audience. The first scene, I feel, is made to capture the audiences attention. 3 wild witches and a huge clatter of thunder and lightning would hush the audience and make them listen intently. It's not clear why the witches are the first scene, it's not essential for the scene to be there, but it's very interesting and engages the audience's interest. ...read more.

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He feels he is too shaken to act upon this thought in his head. As soon as this thought is shaken from his head, it comes straight back in again. Before, Macbeth decided he would let the future take care of it's self without him having to do anything, 'If chance will have me King, why chance my crown me without my stir'. But soon, Macbeths 'chance' thought is dashed when Duncan names Malcolm as his successor, not him. This makes Macbeth decide to take matters into is own hands- he realises he's going to have to do something to get his own way. He decides that Malcolm is an obstacle in his way to becoming the king 'the prince of Cumberland- that is a step, on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, for in my way it lies'. I think what drives Macbeth to feel this way, is that after the witches made the prophecy that Macbeth would be king, he thought that the king would name him his successor, after all- he has done so much for Duncan when defending his country. ...read more.

Conclusion

She contrasts her womanliness against his manliness, and as soon as she sees Macbeth waver she wows him with her plan, too finally reel him in. This shows how weak Macbeth really is, and how easily he is persuaded. I think Macbeth is a good person, but he is easily distracted from what he feels. At first ambition urged him on, the feeling of being king, but then his good side took over - he told himself whatever will be, will be. But then jealously changed his mind when Malcolm was names successor not him. This pushed him to want to go ahead with it. His good instincts took over once more after that though, he told himself he could never do that, but Lady Macbeth tells him not to worry, and she will take care of everything. But for the final time almost in what seems Macbeth's strongest hour of resistance against the killing, he was swayed by harsh comments damaging his image and ego. To me, Macbeth is a shallow person, easily persuaded and selfish, he may be strong in body, but in mind he is a push over. Charlotte Schofield 10z/3 Word count 1530 ...read more.

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