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Trace the development and disintegration of Macbeths Character in acts one and two. You must make detailed references to language, themes, structure, and linguistic devices and social historical context.

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Question: Trace the development and disintegration of Macbeths Character in acts one and two. You must make detailed references to language, themes, structure, and linguistic devices and social historical context. In our Macbeth Coursework, I am going to analyse the development and disintegration of Macbeths Character using acts one and two. Firstly, I am going to analyse the language used in the first two acts. Macbeth is described as loyal and honest; a quote that says this is 'Noble Macbeth' and also a quote used from King Duncan, 'My worthy Cawdor' this suggests that people believe Macbeth is a brave and valiant soldier and he would fight for his country and his king. Also in language, Macbeths downfall is due to his vaulting ambition, having heard off the witches that he shall be king one day, this overwhelms Macbeth and puts ideas into his head, tempting Macbeth to take his ideas further is Lady Macbeth making snide comments and remarks to him, a quote that shows this is 'I dare do all that become a man' this shows that Macbeth wants to prove that he can do it and also doesn't want to disappoint Lady Macbeth. ...read more.

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the king or not, this shows this by a quote from Macbeth 'we will proceed in this business no-more' this suggests that Macbeth could do the right thing after all and also he can say no to his wife. As Macbeth follows Lady Macbeth by going through with the plan to kill the king, Macbeth shows that he becomes more dominant and shows his true character, this is shown by a quote after Macbeth has killed the king, 'I have done the deed, didst thou no hear a noise?' this suggests that Macbeth is getting more confident and braver by the decisions he is making. Macbeth starts being more independent and relying on himself to get jobs done and trusting no-one but him-self, an example of this is when Macbeth doesn't tell his wife that he has killed banquo and Macduffs family, this is because he doesn't feel the need to he has to tell her anything and he doesn't owe her any explanations. ...read more.

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In Macbeth, there is a soliloquy used at the end of act 2, scene 1, as a quote states 'Is this dagger, I see before me' without this quote we wouldn't know how much Macbeth is confused, also the quote could be just playing tricks on Macbeths mind and confusing him. Another linguistic device used in Macbeth is ambiguity is Lady Macbeth quoting 'daggers must lie there' this quote could have another meaning, like they must stay there. Another example of ambiguity is the storm in act 1, when the witches arrive and when they disappear the storm arrives and when they disappear the storm disappears, this is because usually bad weather is associated with bad thing and in this case it's the witches, they set an atmosphere wherever they are. Finally, God chose the king, therefore Macbeth didn't like this, so he wanted to test god on his theory. So when Macbeth killed the king, he interrupted the whole 'next in line for thrown'. As Macbeth messed up all this, he went against god, and killed the king which was 'god's chosen one'. 'Devine right for kings' therefore he went against God and disobeyed him. ...read more.

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