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'Trace the downfall of Macbeth from "worthy gentleman" and "noble Macbeth" to "this dead butcher".'

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'Trace the downfall of Macbeth from "worthy gentleman" and "noble Macbeth" to "this dead butcher".' In Shakespeare's tragedy 'Macbeth' we the audience see and follow the gradual disintegration of Macbeth's character. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen as a courageous soldier who is loyal to the King but is corrupted by the witches' prophecies and by his and Lady Macbeth's ambition. This is because of the fatal flaw of Macbeth's character and the strong power of Lady Macbeth and how she is easily able to influence him so "This dead butcher and his fiend like queen", is the way in which Malcolm describes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth at the end of the play. The audience's perception of the tragic hero is varied and changes from scene to scene: on occasions the audience share a great sympathy with Macbeth and understand the various stages of his downfall, however this shifts throughout the play at various points as his fatal flaw revealed, commanding his actions. ...read more.

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And whose suffering reveals essential truths about humanity, whose greatness of character and talent are tragically wasted through circumstances. Most importantly, he is a hero whose personality contains a tragic flaw, a fatal weakness that leads to destruction. Such a hero will find some degree of release and resignation when facing death. Shakespeare wrote the play 'Macbeth' in 1606 for King James I of England (James VI of Scotland). The play was written only a year after the Gunpowder Plot took place; when a group of catholic rebels who were objective to the protestant religion of the monarch attempted to blow up the houses of parliament. Shakespeare included this event by incorporating the theme of the Divine Right of kings, which explains how when regicide is committed all order is abandoned and the natural world is disrupted. Shakespeare displays this in a speech made by Lennox where he talks of horses eating each other, a falcon killing an owl and the sun being covered by the clouds causing darkness which often is used to portray evil and disorder. ...read more.

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But Macbeth did in reality kill King Duncan but it was at battle as Macbeth had the rightful path to the throne, so Macbeth killed him in order to become monarch. The real Macbeth was a successful king and reigned for 17 years and was perceived as a powerful and good king. Macbeth was never the thane of Cawdor or Glamis he was a warlord. His partner lady Macbeth in the play is seen as evil and incredibly passionate and manipulating. In 11th century Scotland the real Lady Macbeth was the first queen of Scotland her name was Lady Gruach and was actually very kind and generous. In contradiction to the play her and her husband Macbeth worked well as a team and she worked with him to enhance his reputation as king. The issue of witches in 11th century Scotland was an overlooked subject although religion was an important part of life witches and such craft were not regarded as a threat and the church was tolerant of their existence. ...read more.

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