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Use of Language in Macbeth

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Introduction

Macbeth Coursework Shakespeare uses various different ways to introduce the character of Macbeth and also to show how his actions will build up causing the tragedy to come. The ways Shakespeare does this is by using some of the following; the themes, imagery, the language and the supernatural. Shakespeare introduces Macbeth as a strong, power wanting and noble fighter. Macbeth talks to the witches in the start of Act1 scene 3 by commanding them to speak to him and for them to tell him what they are. "Speak if you can. What are you?" Indicating that Macbeth talks with authority, that he has power over the witches, as he does not politely ask the witches. The way that Macbeth is speaking here is by using imperative verbs. Shakespeare here uses language to show us what Macbeth's character is like. He also tells us by using language that Macbeth is respected by others at the start of the play. In Act 1 scene 2 it states "O valiant cousin, worthy gentlemen." Duncan expresses this about Macbeth. This reveals that people do respect Macbeth and that he is brave and are Gentlemen meaning that his status is quite high. Once Macbeth has introduced Macbeth he then starts using different means to show Macbeths downfall and his actions that lead to tragedy. ...read more.

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Shakespeare is using the character of Lady Macbeth to show the audience what Macbeths character is like. It is stating to the audience that Macbeth is easily convinced into doing things as Lady Macbeth is just telling him to kill Duncan when he really is doubting what to do. Macbeth's character here indicates to the audience there is tragedy to come as he is persuaded easily to do anything and Lady Macbeth is telling him to kill Duncan so they know that will be tragic Shakespeare uses different themes to show tragedy in this play. One of the themes that Shakespeare uses is Light and Dark theme. The theme of Dark is represented by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. They are dark people. They are cruel, treachery and evil people. Lady Macbeth states "And pulls thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the word it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of dark." This tells the audience that Lady Macbeth is saying to keep it dark so it will hide her actions for what she will do. Also Macbeth says "Stars hide your fire, let not light see my black and deep desires." This is also a theme of dark. Here he is exclaiming that if the stars don't shine that night so that people will not see what he is going to do and ...read more.

Conclusion

It also indicates the downfall of Macbeth as he is not able to think straight since this tragedy has happened. Shakespeare use historical context in Act1 scene 3. The way that Shakespeare brings historical context into Macbeth is by using the witches. In this time and age in Scotland people were preoccupied with witches and how they were bad and evil. In this Act Macbeth meets the witches and they tell him the prediction. The audience will be thinking what is the prediction all about and that it is wrong and bad. The audience would be wondering what will be happening next as Macbeth has all wanted to be King so he is going to be happy with what the witches are saying. But they will be worried that something bad will happen because when it is set witches were said real. So this is another way that Shakespeare uses different means to build up the tragedy that is to happen. Shakespeare uses lots of different means to build up the tragedy from introducing the character of Macbeth. He does this by telling you about Macbeth and how he is. He also uses different themes which also bring out Macbeths character which leads to tragedy because of the way Macbeth is. Shakespeare uses historical context and imagery to bring out and show the audience Macbeth's character and lay foundations for tragedy to come. Scott Lovering Macbeth coursework ...read more.

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