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Focusing On Act 1 Scene 7 And Its Significance With Macbeth, Explore The Ways In Which Macbeth And Lady Macbeth Are Presented In The Text

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Focusing on Act 1 Scene 7 and its significance with Macbeth, explore the ways in which Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are presented in the text.
Macbeth is introduced as a hero who then turns his determination to his downfall and ends up losing everything he wanted to be. A man. Expressions such as "Valour's minion" (the servant of Courage) and "Bellona's bridegroom" (the husband of War) show us that Macbeth is an audacious man who is willing to fight for his country. Macbeth and Banquo are equalled to "eagles" and "lions". From this we know that Macbeth is a very valiant and strong character. We then see his fatal flaw, ambition. Macbeth is shown to be very ambitious, some examples are when he ...view middle of the document...

Significantly, in his letter, Macbeth says nothing of their prophecy to Banquo; perhaps he is already afraid of its outcomes. I think it is interesting that he calls his wife “my dearest partner of greatness” which to me makes her look like his partner of crime he is about/ wants to do and we know that she does become his partner in crime but more than that. She immediately says He is "too full of the milk of human kindness" to commit murder; he would be great, he would have a high position, he would wrongly win that position, but in each case, some other aspect of his character would not permit him to do it. She is very manipulative and we can see that the way she says she will help him to get it. The next time she speaks, her second soliloquy her intentions are described in the most grotesque and frightening terms. She wants her sexuality to be changed she wants to be become someone else but a woman. It is no coincidence that these last words reflect those of Macbeth in the previous scene: Shakespeare is creating a strong verbal bond between husband and wife that will continue throughout the play. In Polanski’s version they are like innocent couples and very love like towards each other. Whereas in the play she is made to be an evil woman. Then in Act 1 Scene 7 she finds out his self-doubt and Macbeth says that his golden reputation will leave him and she sets out by mocking him and his weakness. Her questions drive further the wedge between daring and doing, between courage and action, between desire and fulfilment. This presents her as a manipulative woman. In the Polasnki’s version she ends up using her feminine aspects to her advantage, she cries and plead and start touching his face going for a kiss and is very manipulative.
In Act 1 Scene 7 the brave Macbeth is shown to be uncertain i.e. we sympathise for him, this is also exemplifies in Roman’s version because he looks weak and scared. Polanski also dramatizes the effect by him be right next to King Duncan, this creates a dramatic irony because they know he is about to take the crown. Also we can see the repetition of individual words — if, were, done, be, but, and here — each repeated two or three times within the first few lines. This show the way he thinks and it makes him look like he is able to decide and question his thoughts and this reveals an intelligent poetic Macbeth to which we sympathise towards more. He ends up with the conclusion that the only thing that is driving him forward is his ambition "no spur / to prick the sides of my intent but only / Vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself / and falls on the other"
Also Macbeth is always in the shadows which indicate his duplicity even more nature also specifies that there is something unnatural, because it was very thunderous, windy and it was raining, this may compare to Macbeth’s feeling as he was angry and tearful and pleading to the...

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