Captivating Characters in Macbeth and The Crucible
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The Captivating Characters in Macbeth and The Crucible
For a play to meet with success, it is essential that it include a cast of interesting and captivating characters. Without interesting characters, the audience would not only be confused by each unimportant character, but possibly puzzled by the plot, disinterested in the theme and ideas, and worst of all, bored by the entire story.
For instance, in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, we take an immediate interest in 17-year-old Abigail Williams. Miller portrays her as a vindictive, wicked and persuasive girl. Perhaps persuasive is too mild an adjective, but her evilness or malevolence is indoctrinating,…show more content…
This alone is a big enough plot to capture the attention of the audience, but that was not dramatically sufficient. Shakespeare then introduced the comparative evilness of the Macbeth pair, portraying Lady Macbeth, at this point, as a more evil character than her husband.
"I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums
And dash'd the brains out
Had I so sworn as you
Have done to this!"
This quote alone demonstrates the present brutality of Lady Macbeth. It is not suggesting that this is her permanent state, and that she will not change. On the contrary, a transformation occurs in both husband and wife, where Macbeth loses his conscience, becoming more malevolent, and Lady Macbeth, who initially appears conscienceless, reveals later that she is not. For instance, Lady Macbeth admits that she cannot possibly kill Duncan herself because of the resemblance to her father. (Act II, Scene II)
Finally, in Act V, Scene V, some may claim that Macbeth behaves in an extremely interesting and perhaps unpredictable fashion. He has committed murdered several times, and hired murderers to do his work for him. Now, when he hears the news of his wife's death, it does not move him, not even momentarily. He is beyond emotion.
"She should have died hereafter
There would have been a