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The character of Macbeth changes very dramatically throughout the play At the beginning of the play - Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth struggles with his conscience over whether or not to go through with the murder of Duncan His character at this stage is noble and brave and doesnt want to look like a coward to his wife so he is quite easily persuaded to do what Lady Macbeth wants At this stage I would want the actor playing Macbeth to try and reason with his wife and be quite defensive about it I also would want him to be a bit unsure and to be more and more persuaded so that by the end of the scene he should look quite convinced yet slightly worried The character at the end of the play in Act 5 scene 3 is very different to the character at the beginning He is more sure and confident now with nothing to lose and nothing to live for except the power of the crown He is filled with ill-deserved confidence because of the prophecies I want the actor to be in control and totally confident He should also be unafraid show no fear and be annoyed by the amount of fear shown by the other characters in the scene I dare do all that may become a man who dares more is none At this point Macbeth is trying to explain and back-up why he doesnt want to kill the king I think hes saying that he does all that makes him a man if he goes too far hes no longer a man I think the actor should be looking directly at Lady Macbeth right into her eyes to show that he means what he says and that hes speaking from the heart As hes trying to explain the reason to her really hes trying to justify his choice not to kill so his tone wouldnt be really
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