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The Character of Macbeth The play Macbeth is a portrait of one man Macbeth showing how he changes Although we are presented with his deterioration from good to evil we can see his human side throughout the play which makes it a tragedy It is the shortest of Shakespeares tragedies and has a very fast pace Once Macbeths ambition has set the ball rolling events happen quickly in the play as it gathers momentum The themes of Macbeth are ambition effects of evil and violence shown mainly by the language of the play as in Shakespeares time plays were performed in daylight with very few props Ambition is something that everyone can identify with and Macbeth is a compelling study of how ambition can destroy you so the audience are interested in Macbeths character Our first impression of Macbeth is of a heroic famous popular man who is well liked by the king - Duncan refers to Macbeth as noble MacbethAct 1 Scene 2 L67 Macbeth is tempted by two sources of external evil - the witches and his wife but he was already ambitious and they only increased this by making his ambitions seem like they could be reality The war hero becomes a murderer and then dies a shameful and violent death Shakespeare creates an atmosphere of evil and darkness mainly through his language although scenes containing violent actions or the witches are often played in darkness Shakespeare uses poetry verse as opposed to prose as poetry often contains more metaphors and imagery which he used to create a feeling of darkness and evil The language gives an insight into the character of Macbeth - we see his ruthlessness and cruelty but also fear doubt and some scruples Macbeths first words So foul and fair a day I have not seen Act 13 L36 immediately associate him with the witches because they say in the first scene fair is foul and foul
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