Mecbeth Act 1 Scene V11

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Macbeth Act 1 Scene V11 Act 1 scene 7 of Macbeth is the pivotal scene in the play, it sees a Macbeths transformation, from a loyal and heroic subject to a murderous and cowardly usurper. Lady Macbeth is instrumental in this transformation. Throughout the scene Shakespeare exploresthe nature of loyalty, ambition, betrayal and its consequences. Shakespeare presents Macbeth as a hero and warrior who ‘deserve his name’ demonstrating that he is worthy of respect. He is a devoted husband to his ‘dearest partner of greatness’. 7. However, in Act 1 Scene 7, having been persuaded by Lady Macbeth, Macbeth decides to murder the King. At this point his character changes, he is driven to commit further murders by his need to protect himself from the consequences of his actions. He becomes ruthless, tyrannical deceitful and dishonourable. The scene opens with Macbeth a free man, for the last time, still capable of choice between good and evil. During Macbeth’s soliloquy, he reveals his intentions. He is thoughtful, weighing up both the benefits and consequences of committing regicide. He is happy to commit murder if that was to be the end of it but he fears the consequences and is concerned that the same fate will befall him, “Bloody instructions, which being taught, return To plague the inventor”. He is moral man, loyal to the King who has recently honoured him. Macbeth tells himself that he cannot escape the consequences of assassinating Duncan yet ‘only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself And falls on the other”. This suggests that his own motivation is ambition, which he understands makes people rush ahead of themselves and ends in a downfall. This is a prophetic reflection of the final denouement of the play. By the end of his soliloquy, Macbeth has decided against murdering the king. The repetition of several individual words such as ‘if’ ‘were’ ‘done’
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