8th November 2018

Practise Essay

Question:Describe at least one important character in the written text(s).

Explain how the character changes throughout the text(s).

“All to thee, Thane of Glamis, All hail Macbeth, All hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor, All hail Macbeth , that shalt be king hereafter“.In the notorious play Macbeth the main characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are the bend in the river that forces the water,story, to go in its particular direction and then to its final destination. However these characters minds begin to change throughout the course of the text as the more and more they sacrifice their morals.

P1. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth has no desire for more power or more control and initially even ignores the witches prophecies that say he will become king. He surrenders himself to date while saying “If chance shall crown me king chance shall crown me without my stir“which is saying if he is to be king fate or God will ensure it will happen if its meant to be. However as the play progresses Macbeth finds himself wanting the power more and more. “Stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires.From the first minute she’s hears the news about the prophecies that the Witches gave Macbeth to when the murder on King Duncan is about to go ahead Lady Macbeth is pushing Macbeth towards the Throne at all costs and is one the key reasons he kills the King  “was the hope drunk”. She even wants to be like a devil and envokes dark forces in her “unsex me here” soliloquy. But this Lady Macbeth changes and near the end of the play the guilt of everything she has done gets to her. “Out damn spot out i say. one two, Why is it time to do it, hell is murky” This is a use of symbolism and Lady Macbeth thinks she has blood on her hands but in reality she does not. The blood is actually a symbol of all the blood that she feels thats shes created by making Macbeth do the things he has done because she was his driving force as she was the one that convinced him to kill king Duncan while saying “was the hope drunk” speech which was basically telling him he was a coward. This almost fearless Lady Macbeth in the beginning of the play leads to her downfall when she realises the amount of power she has is not worth all the things she’s done and which is why she kills herself in the end instead of facing all the guilt. Sacrificing your morals to achieve your ambitions often leads to your downfall.

From the first minute she’s hears the news about the prophecies that the Witches gave Macbeth to when the murder on King Duncan is about to go ahead Lady Macbeth is pushing Macbeth towards the Throne at all costs and is one the key reasons he kills the King  “was the hope drunk”. She even wants to be like a devil and envokes dark forces in her “unsex me here” soliloquy. But this Lady Macbeth changes and near the end of the play the guilt of everything she has done gets to her. “Out damn spot out i say. one two, Why is it time to do it, hell is murky” This is a use of symbolism and Lady Macbeth thinks she has blood on her hands but in reality she does not. The blood is actually a symbol of all the blood that she feels thats shes created by making Macbeth do the things he has done because she was his driving force as she was the one that convinced him to kill king Duncan while saying “was the hope drunk” speech which was basically telling him he was a coward. This almost fearless Lady Macbeth in the beginning of the play leads to her downfall when she realises the amount of power she has is not worth all the things she’s done and which is why she kills herself in the end instead of facing all the guilt. Sacrificing your morals to achieve your ambitions often leads to your downfall.

Throughout the play Macbeth has a huge influnce what happens as hes king. During the climax of the play Macbeths mind begins to degrade to it worst and final state. Thing that were once natural to him he can no longer exucute and he feels his life in worth nothing and everything he has done to get to where he is was useless. “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,life creeps at this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recored time” This is said when his wife ,Lady macbeth has just died (presumablly killed her self). In shaspearan plays noble high stauts charecters speak in perfect iambic pentamiter to show there domance. However in this passage Macbeth strugles to speak in the rythm and only manages todo so roughly every 2nd line. The first line has 11 syllabels the se cond one has 10. This shows hisrapidally detorating mind as he is failing to do something he once found so simple, to speak. To further surrport this he uses thepersonification “petty pace” as if time is walking very slowly untill his “syabble of recored time” his death whitch suuggests thathe is no longer enjoying life and as we have seen he is going through a lot of stress and fatiuge.. This change in Macbeth state of mindhas fallen to the very bottom and ultimatley leads to his death. However this broken macbeth is ennsentail to the story as it makes sense why he thought that killing more people would make him feel better when in reality he acting out on desparation.

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