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Which factors influence the downfall of Macbeth's character from good to evil and how does Shakespeare use dramatic devices to illustrate this change?

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Which factors influence the downfall of Macbeth's character from good to evil and how does Shakespeare use dramatic devices to illustrate this change? At the start of 'Macbeth' Macbeth is described with words such as "noble", "worthy" and "brave" this shows him in a positive way. However at the end of the play he is described with words such as "Hell-hound", "coward" and "bloodier villain" which shows him to be a completly different person.He is now shown in a negative light. Macbeth's characteristics are turned around and the witches show this in the opening scene. "Fair is foul, and foul is fair." At the end of the play Macbeth is no longer the hero. "O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman." Macbeth was not happy with being known as the King's loyal cousin and wants to be more. He was tired of being a 'loyal' and wants a title that he thinks he deserves 'The King' When the witches make their prediction into the future, Macbeth is confused and doesnt believe then but then he changes and becomes willing to believe them and still wants more. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses a lot of soliloquies to show the reader change's in Macbeth. He believe that the only problem that stands in his way of being king is the prince of cumberland. Macbeth cannot become King until he is taken care of. It lets Shakespeare reveal Macbeth's inner most thoughts and what he truley feels It lets the audience see the change in the way Macbeth is feeling and what he is planning to do. Ambition is the most important factor that controls the downfall and sudden change of Macbeth's character. Macbeth's fears and uncertainty's are influencing the way he act's. Shakespeare also uses a variety of unpleasant words such as "Murder", "Blood" and "Blade". This tells the audience that Macbeth is considering an evil act. Macbeth's fear of other characters influences Macbeth's ultimate descent into evil, when it comes to Macduff. " Beware Macduff." At this point in the play Macbeth doesn't want anything to affect his title as king. Events which follow are big factors that control macbeths's downfall. ...read more.

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The witches are a big influence as otherwise Macbeth would never have dreamed about one day becoming king- they gave him that dream. "that shalt be king thereafter." This prophecy is what first affects Macbeth's sudden downfall. This is therefore the main reason for his downfall. The witches seem to cast spells on Macbeth that may cause him to change mentally. "Double, Double, toil and trouble." This seems to be why Macbeth the once good, honest character become the evil character we decover towards the end of the play. Witches were blamed for all the bad things that happened. I think it is obvious that there are many different reasons why Macbeth may have behaved in the way that he did. The factors Macbeth uses is ambition, this is his only reason he has for killing King Duncan. Macbeth's worst crime,killing a woman and a child, is influenced by his fear and insecurity, his wife and the witches who give him the original idea which starts of his greed and ambition to become king. Overall I Believe there is many factors, not just one, which contribute to Macbeth's downfall. By Charlotte Voisey By Charlotte Voisey By Charlotte Voisey ...read more.

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