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Character Language Atmosphere and Irony in Macbeth What kind of people are the characters in this drama How can we decide Characters in Shakespearean drama are judged by I their actions ii what others say of them iii what they themselves say in public iv by what they say in soliloquy ie when thinking aloud or in asides We tend to judge people by their actions and by what they say in public but these are not always a true reflection of the real character people do not always reveal themselves to others so we can only accept this evidence with reservation In Macbeth we learn that Duncan has been deceived by the first Thane of Cawdor whom he considered to have been a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust yet who was guilty of treason Again Lady Macbeths words to Duncan Act I Sc vi Your servants ever Have theirs themselves and what is theirs in compt To make their audit at your highness pleasure Still to return your own are spoken shortly after she has decided that he will be murdered Only when they think aloud soliloquy can we accept without reservation what they say In soliloquy lies truth At the same time there are different interpretations of a soliloquy and have the tone in which it is spoken It all depends on the readers attitude It is a good approach to be open-minded to attempt to look at both sides of the question before arriving at a conclusion Language In Macbeth Language Language is made up of words and sounds it is concerned with creating effect by producing images and by placing words It includes syntax diction and even tone Imagery involves the working of the senses the vivid description of an odour a melody and a visual picture of taste or touch Syntax refers to the order of words in a sentence the
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