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What are your first impressions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth based on your reading of Acts 1 and 2?

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What are your first impressions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth based on your reading of Acts 1 and 2? By Paul Bassan 10CT In this essay I shall take a deeper look into the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. These two characters are very important in 'Macbeth,' as the play is based upon their life and how they achieve their goals. All of this essay is based upon Acts 1 and 2 of 'Macbeth.' At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is regarded as a great man, he is an excellent warrior who enjoys his job. The captain and Duncan call Macbeth, "Brave Macbeth," as they respect him so much. Macbeth is a great warrior, but he is a bloody warrior and enjoys fighting too much. This is shown when the captain says, "fixed his head upon our battlements," this is clearly a sign that Macbeth is a bloody man. Macbeth is a man who speaks what is on his mind, but after the witches talk to him, he becomes secretive. The reason for this is that there is the potential for Macbeth to become "Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor." After the witches predict that Macbeth shall be king, he considers murdering Duncan. ...read more.


Macbeth thinks that he will "sleep no more" as "Macbeth does murder sleep." Macbeth hears these words from voices, they say he will not sleep again as he has killed his "innocent" sleep by murdering Duncan. Macbeth is "afraid to think what I have done," as he feels so deeply that the murder was wrong. Macbeth believes that he can physically wash the blood from Duncan away but if he tried to wash his guilt in "Neptune's ocean," the sea would turn red with the blood. Here Macbeth is saying that he will never be able to get rid of the crime. When Macbeth hears a knocking, he wishes, "Wake Duncan with thy knocking: I would thou couldst." Macbeth desperately wants Duncan to be alive again. The following morning after Duncan's death, everybody is in shock apart from Macbeth. Lennox talks to Macbeth about, "screams of death," that occurred that night. Macbeth simply replies, "Twas a rough night." This shows Macbeth's character has changed from worried (the night before) to cool and confident. Macbeth also blames the murder on the king's servant who were outside his chamber. Macbeth kills them so they can't deny what they have done. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth becomes brave and decides that she will, "gild the faces," of the servants with Duncan's blood. and blame them for the murder. This took a lot of courage as she was going to go to Duncan, put her fingers in his wounds and smear the blood all over the servants. In Act 2 of 'Macbeth' Macbeth acts cool in front of the other people. Lady Macbeth however acts worried. When she tries to act cool, she says, "What in our house," which is clearly the wrong thing to say. Once again, the roles of the couple have changed. Macbeth is acting well and not being suspicious, but Lady Macbeth becomes very nervous and faints. Lady Macbeth also faints because she did not know that Macbeth was going to kill the servants. She cries, "Help me hence, ho," which attracts a lot of attention to her. There is obviously a break down in communication between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as they did not talk about killing the servants together. I think Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are reliant upon each other at first but later on, they stay apart. The "fair is foul and foul is fair," statement is coming in now. This basically means that appearances can be deceived. In this case, Lady Macbeth seemed the one in control but Macbeth was more in control than her. 1 ...read more.

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