Act 1 Scene 7 Of William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Act 1 Scene 7 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Introduction
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Act 1 scene 7 is very important in the whole of the play because the
string of murders started here, and what Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
wanted to do was accomplished. This was the scene in which Macbeth
became King and the original King (King Duncan) was murdered. Before
this scene what had happened was that King Duncan came to Macbeth's
castle and there was a great banquet. Lady Macbeth had played a part
of a man instead of Macbeth because Macbeth was worried about the
murder that he was going to commit. This scene was the most dramatic
out of all the scenes because Macbeth had/was going to kill King
Duncan.

The Character of Macbeth
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The scene opens with the solitary Macbeth wrestling with his thoughts
of murdering the king, and he seems to be losing to his conscience. We
know this because first he is ok with the idea of murdering Duncan but
then he says to his wife: "We will proceed no further in this
business.He is also saying that if everything could be over with as
soon as Duncan is killed then he will commit the murder and we know
this because he says:"If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well
/ It were done quickly." This shows us that there is a side of Macbeth
that doesn't want to commit murder, but there is also a side that
does, and the side that does want to commit the murder was created by
Lady Macbeth. He is bothered that Duncan is his kinsman and that the
execution would take place at Inverness when he should be serving as
the king's kind host. He also reckons with Duncan's virtues: his
kindness and his success in his position. He knows that the people
support Duncan and will weep his loss and this tells us that he may be
changing his mind. He ends his soliloquy by stating that only
"vaulting ambition" makes him consider the evil deed; he has no
complaint against the king, which makes the murder seem doubly vile to
him. He is obviously vacillating between good and evil. The audience
would react differently to how Macbeth is like now because in this
scene he is not represented as a power-hungry and heartless butcher,
and this is because he says that he doesn't want to murder Duncan but
is forced into it. The audience don't know quite how to react because
sometimes Macbeth is evil but sometimes he is good. The motivation
behind Macbeth's words and actions is that he doesn't want to murder
the king because he feels that he hasn't any complaint against the
king so the murder will be pointless.

The Character of Lady Macbeth

In this scene lady Macbeth is angry and...

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