Macbeth Analysis

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The Audience’s Perception of Macbeth

As one reads the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, they could not fail to notice the evolution of the main character, Macbeth, and his tragic fall from a once proud man to the scourge of his kingdom. From the first scene the reader is introduced to protagonist as being an honorable, brave, and loyal military man, who exemplifies what it means to be a general in his king’s army. However, as the play progresses, Macbeth begins to dive deeper into the dark side of human nature and by the end of the play he has transformed into an almost complete opposite of the man the reader was originally presented with. Throughout the play Macbeth is both influenced and tricked by other characters into going
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However the guilt and insecurity only continue to mount on Macbeth’s conscience which becomes clear as the madness begins to take over his mind. Throughout the play Macbeth’s mental state grows increasingly worse as he murders more people in attempt to obtain and hold onto his throne. Brought on by the immense guilt he feels for the murder of Duncan and Banquo, Macbeth is haunted by vivid hallucinations and paranoia. The banquet scene in Act 3, Scene 4, in which Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo sitting at the table, is a clear example of how his actions have weighed on his conscience, thus showing how Macbeth still feels a sense of morality, however small. Even Lady Macbeth begins to suffer the effects of her guilt by suffering from bouts of sleepwalking and paranoia. By the play’s end, Macbeth’s mental state has completely changed from the original character that we were first introduced to. Shakespeare uses this descent into madness as another way for the audience to feel sympathy for Macbeth. The way in which Shakespeare wanted the audience to view Macbeth by the end of the play relies heavily on opinion. It is clear that throughout the play, Macbeth becomes more and more accustom to killing to reach his goal, but his mind also begins to fail at the same rate. Although Macbeth originally had control over his actions, he was also pushed and mislead by several outside forces who initially

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