How Significant In The Context Of The Play Is The Extract From Act 1 Scene 7? Refer Specifically To The Characters Of Macbeth And Lady Macbeth. In Your Answer Refer To The Changes In Both In The Play.

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Out of the many famous plays shown in the Elizabethan era, Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, outstands from the others and is well-known to people in contemporary society. The changes in characteristics of the two protagonists, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, develops as the play progresses and successfully brings unexpected surprises for the audience to maintain interest. Act 1 Scene VII is one of the most significant and important scenes of the play, as it is the beginning of all the action which leads Macbeth to the tragic ending death; the great insight of character for the audience; and is the starting point of themes, including ambition, good and evil, appearances vs. reality and the overthrow of the natural order.Macbeth is a play full of emotional and physical action. Act 1 Scene VII is one which deals with emotions. This particular scene is about how Lady Macbeth successfully persuades and manipulates Macbeth to murder Duncan to fulfill the witches' prophecies.Macbeth's character changes as the play progresses. Right at the beginning of the play, even before his first appearance (Act 1 Scene II Line 16-24) he is described as brave, noble, determined, intelligent and morally aware. Lady Macbeth suggests Macbeth is "too full of the milk of human kindness". However, his ambition and the willingness for power causes his tragic flaw. He changes and becomes isolated, brutalized, greedy, corrupted and ultimately dies in the end.Act 1 Scene VII is the turning point for Macbeth. Through his siloquy at the beginning of the scene, we learn that Macbeth is in doubt and contemplating the consequences of the murder of Duncan and he thinks Duncan doesn't deserve to die. It illustrates that he is not as corrupt as he later becomes. However Lady Macbeth plays on his weaknesses and conscience by saying he is not brave enough to be a man. As Macbeth suggests he is proud of his bravery in link 46-48, he changes his mind and is ready to do whatever to "become" a man (i.e. to kill Duncan). Once he has chosen to achieve his ambition through the immoral act of murder, there is no turning point. All in all, Macbeth is a good man, who without the persuasion of his wife, would not do what he ultimately did. This is illustrated when he questions, "If we should fail?" (Line 61)Lady Macbeth changes throughout the play. At the beginning, she is confident, determined and single-minded. While women were submissive in those days, Lady Macbeth, instead, suppresses all her feminine tenderness and compassion and dominates over Macbeth. She is imagination and calls upon supernatural aid to murder Duncan, "Come you spirits ... unsex me here." (Act 1 Scene VI Lines 38-41). However, as chaos brings upon more chaos, she starts to question her actions and loses her nerve.In Act 1 Scene VII, Lady Macbeth clearly illustrates her dominant feminist side by describing her violent masculine ways (line 51-60), making Macbeth yield to her ways of corruption and evil. She is very...

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