Macbeth Critical Essay

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Macbeth Critical Essay Cameron Williams The play “Macbeth” was written by William Shakespeare. In the play there is a scene where conflict affects the main character. This involves whether Macbeth is to kill King Duncan or not. Influenced by his wife, Lady Macbeth, the three Witches and his own ambition manipulating him, they all help him to decide whether or not to commit murder. The tragedy “Macbeth” unfolds after three witches predict that Macbeth will become King of Scotland. In order to explore his inner conflict, the dramatist uses imagery, characterisation, soliloquies and dramatic irony. Throughout Act One Scene Seven, Macbeth is struggling to cope with his conflict. Macbeth was initially described as heroic and a kind man, but with various forces manipulating him, Lady Macbeth calls him a coward. “When you durst do it, then you were a man.” She is saying that, when you were thinking of killing King Duncan, he was a man and a brave soldier, but after Macbeth demands he will not continue with the plan, he would be a coward, hence she is taunting his manhood. On the other hand, Macbeth does have a very good sense of what is right and what is wrong. He does understand that killing King Duncan would cause disruption and grief to people but does have a sense of right because he wants to follow his own ambition to become King. Macbeth does realise that if he gets caught killing the King, there would be serious consequence. “This Duncan hath become his faculties so meek hath been so clear in his great office. That his virtues will plead like angels, trumpet tongu’d against the deep damnation of his taking off.” Macbeth is thinking that Duncan has been a really good King and has treated Macbeth with a lot of respect. Also Angels would come down trumpet tongu’d from the heavens. It could be something he really regrets. This use of elaborate imagery reveals

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