Change of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay

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Change of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Throughout the course of the play, Macbeths character changes from good to evil. As the audience we are given plenty of opportunities to look at the way in which he changes and the influences that help bring about the alteration in character. Shakespeare also uses dramatic devises to highlight Macbeths change. In this essay I am going to explore the influences that Macbeth was exposed to and the effect that Shakespeare use of dramatic devices has on the audience's awareness.

It is clear from the beginning of the play that Macbeth is a brave war hero. He is also the king's cousin. He may have been simply fed up if being
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It is a chance to get a good insight into their opinions and outlooks. We can see what they are really thinking.

Macbeth clearly realises that killing Duncan is an option. In Act 1 Scene 4 Macbeth's two-faced quality shows through, he is able to be polite and friendly to the king.

Macbeth's ambition is one of the driving forces which has lingered in the background of the play and has driven Macbeth due to his own fault in character to become a man able to kill without good reason or conscience.

As the audience we automatically take a liking to Macbeth's character, he comes across as a very loyal and trustworthy warrior, true to his country. Shakespeare's inclusion of these traits helps to emphasise the great change in Macbeth's character from good to evil.

At the beginning of the play Shakespeare touches on a fight scene, and we hear of Macbeth's bravery:

'O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman.'

Clearly Macbeth has moved from a heroic warrior to the need to kill a man whilst he is asleep. Macbeth also becomes deceitful and was obviously not truly wholesome to begin with as his change would not have come about with such ease and on such swift wings.

One of the most important soliloquies with regards to Macbeth's ambition is at the beginning of Act 1 Scene 7. We see Macbeth entertain fellow noblemen and whilst doing so planning
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