Discuss How The Audience Are Witnesses To Macbeth's Demise

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‘Macbeth’ is a story of a mans downward fall from a hero to a tyrant in which his pride contributes to his descent. It is a tale of the dangers of lust for power and betrayal of friends. In this essay I will be exploring how the audience witness Macbeth’s demise.

William Shakespeare was one of the most successful dramatists of his time. In August 1606, a play was performed for James VI and his brother in-law King Christian of Denmark. The play was called ‘Macbeth’, it was a new play, but the story was old. The play ‘Macbeth’ was about James ancestors, Banquo and Fleance, whom who he had inherited the throne of Scotland. James knew the story well. Shakespeare rewrote the story so that Banquo is made to look like... View More »

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This contrasts with her husband’s attitude. This shows the audience that Lady Macbeth is the driving force in their relationship. Her speech also touches on the theme of masculinity, “unsex me here / . . . / . . . Come to my woman’s breasts, / And take my milk for gall,” Lady Macbeth wants all her womanly features to be taken away so that she can commit the murder herself. Later, this sense of the relationship between masculinity and violence will be deepened when Macbeth is unwilling to go through with the murders and his wife tells him, in effect, that he needs to “be a man” and get on with it.

King Duncan comes to stay at Macbeth’s castle. In Macbeth’s soliloquy in Act 1 Scene 7 the audience, find out useful information about Macbeth’s thoughts, motives and state of mind. Macbeth debates whether not he should go through with killing Duncan. ‘If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were done quickly’ if he was sure the murder wouldn’t have any bad consequences then he would do it and not worry about the future. Justice will mean he cannot escape the consequences of his actions, ‘this even-handed justice commends th’ingredience of our poisoned chalice’. Macbeth feels that he should be loyal to his king ‘I am his kinsman and his subject’. ‘As his host, who should against his murderer shut the door’ the audience are reminded of just how grave an outrage it is for the couple to slaughter their ruler while he is a guest in their house. The imagery in this speech is dark we hear of ‘bloody instructions,’ ‘deep damnations,’ and a ‘poisoned chalice’. As the ...

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