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Macbeth Essay

  • Submitted by: Klaudia5653
  • on January 27, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 339 words

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How have the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth been presented so far?

Macbeth’s character changes gradually during the play. His ambition for power caused him to make unexpected decisions that created for him pain, guilt and madness. However, Lady Macbeth encourages him and lets herself to lead.

Shakespeare chose to use strong, passionate and descriptive adjectives in his play as one of them is used when Macbeth says “ my dearest partner of greatness.” By using the adjective ‘dearest’ it signifies how much Macbeth loves Lady Macbeth and wants to share power with her. But there’s a big contrast between them, as Lady Macbeth only wants to have the power, as her character is very power-hungry.

In Elizabethan times women roles were to be kind, loving and silent. In Act 1 Scene 5 Lady Macbeth is becoming more and more passionate about overtaking the crown and own everything.   As revealed by the sentence, “ unsex me here.” This portrays that Lady Macbeth wanted the spirits to make her stronger and become like a man. Also, Shakespeare stressed out the strength by using metaphor in “ thick my blood.”

Macbeth’s character changes in Act 1 Scene 7 as he now stands up for himself against Lady Macbeth but still hesitating to kill Duncan himself.   This suggests when Macbeth says, “ Not bear the knife myself.” It can be inferred from this that Macbeth always cares about Duncan as he is his friend. In a similar way Lady Macbeth hesitates to kill Duncan too as Duncan reminds her of her father.

Shakespeare uses the character of Lady Macbeth to push Macbeth around and patronise him. It evokes a feeling in the reader that Macbeth doesn’t know how to make decisions for himself. This implies when Lady Macbeth says, “Was the hope drunk, wherein you dress’d yourself?” Shakespeare used ‘hope’ to express a metaphor about Macbeth of his way of dressing.

Overall, Macbeth changed a lot in Act 1 Scene 7 but Lady Macbeth hasn’t changed except that she became more...

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