Macbeth And Romeo And Jutlet Essay

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1) IntroductionBoth Macbeth and Romeo2) Initial interpretationIn Shakespeare's play Macbeth the audience first hears about the main character but not does not meet them. This makes the audience create a picture of the protagonists. These grab the audience's attention and ensure they become involved. The audience paints the picture from a prologue of evil: the witches plan to meet with Macbeth. The evil witches talk about Macbeth "we'll meet Macbeth there." The presence of the witches in the play reminds us that people in Shakespeare's time believed strongly in the supernatural: angels, demons, fairies, curses. Witches were believed to be women who had sold their souls to the devil in return for magical powers that they used to harm others. The witch's plan was to meet with Macbeth: we know something suspicious or evil will happen involving Macbeth. The audiences might believe that Macbeth was an immoral character because he could be plotting with the witches.However, our impression changes in Act 1 Scene 2 Macbeth is mentioned again but this time by the King who admires Macbeth for his courage. "O valiant cousin, worthy gentlemen." This makes the audience change their ideas about Macbth because the King - who was believed in this time to have been chosen by God - was praised Macbeth so highly and this, would suggest that Macbeth was a very respectable person.Another interaction of this could be that the King is praising Macbeth for killing. An eyewitness of the battle tells the King 'For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name' The eyewitness describes 'like valour's minion carved out his passage' This would make people in the audience think that Macbeth was macabre and gruesome. Yet being loyal to his country.3) Temptation - Comparing Macbeth and Romeo's flaws4) Consequences - comparing Macbeth and Romeo's reaction after the murdersBoth protagonists suffer the consequences of their actions. Romeo had to escape to Mantua straight away for fear of the Prince's punishment whereas Macbeth is full of guilt and is 'afraid to think' what he has done. Having committed regicide, Macbeth knows that he 'shall sleep no more' as he has disregarded the Divine Right of Kings. Therefore he does not deserve to experience 'innocent sleep' again. The adjective 'innocent' connotes a baby because they cannot be guilty. The audience would have had mixed feelings at this point as they believed in the power of the supernatural and would have recognised the important role played by the witches in influencing his actions. However some would probably also have felt sympathy for him as they would have understood the 'vaulting ambition' that motivated him. They would also have recognised the strong influence of Lady Macbeth who drove him on to...

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