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Language and tone can be used to show the attitudes which an author portrays towards his characters in any literary work In Macbeth as well as many other Shakespearean plays Shakespeare applies language to the tone of the play and also shows how his choice of words reflects the attitudes he expresses towards each individual character The choice of language which Lord and Lady Macbeth and the witches use shows a prime example of the tone of the play The tone of the supernatural motif which exists in Macbeth is a direct reflection of the language of the witches Shakespeares choice of foul words which the witches use in their speech represent the witches character as a dark and gruesome one The language and tone of the witches stays the same throughout the play for the reason that the portrayal of their character is also predominantly evil The primary example of how the language of the witches relates to the tone is in act IV when they talk about the ingredients of their brew Eye of newt and toe of frog wool of bat and tongue of dogIVi14-15 This choice of words unquestionably shows that the tone of the witches character In addition the tone of the witches can also be looked at as an evil one Come then lets make haste and evilIIIv36 On the contrary the tone of the majority of the characters drastically changes In the case of Macbeth the portrayal of the tone of his character by Shakespeare goes from a weak to a strong one For the most part the tone of Macbeths character at key times is brave and loyal for the exception that he still has his tragic flaw of ambition This is proved to be true when he is unsure of murdering the king False face must hide what the false heart doth knowIvii82 This
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