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 just a war hero and may be tempted by the thought of being more,
Thane or even King. Ambition may have driven him. In Act 1 Scene 3 the
three witches greet Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor, Glamis and finally
King. When Macbeth hears the witch's prophecy we see how willing he is
to believe it. Later in the scene Macbeth is actually announced Thane
of Cawdor. In a soliloquy Macbeth ponders upon what the witches have
'This supernatural soliciting
cannot be ill cannot be good.
If ill why hath it given me earnest
of success commencing in a truth?'
At this point Macbeth is trying to convince himself that there is
nothing wrong with what has happened that if it were evil then
something good would not have come from it. He then says;
'If chance will have me king then
chance will crown me without my stir'
From this quote we can see that Macbeth is willing to let fate take
its course, and accepts that what will be will ...
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...eth's alteration in disposition I believe that his wife, Lady
Macbeth had the greatest effect on Macbeth and his actions. Although
Macbeth's ambition brought him problems, he realised his flaw and was
able to control it until Lady Macbeth intervened. Although I would
probably be right in saying that the witches brought about all the
events that occurred in the play and told Macbeth of his future, it
was only when he spoke to Lady Macbeth that she told him to act upon
it, had he not, he would have almost certainly left it down to fate.
Fear and insecurity doubtlessly played the smallest part in Macbeth's
fall into iniquity, although they were present for the majority of the
play. Lady Macbeth herself was truly evil due to her own request for
malevolence and hunger for royalty. She had the most immense effect on
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