Macbeth Character Study For Gcse Stdents.

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In this essay I am going to discuss the character of Macbeth, from thefamous Shakespearian play of the same name. I shall show the themes of theplay, the effects of character and action and Shakespeare's use of languageand linguistic devices.In scene two we learn that Macbeth is a brave soldier as he is said to be'brave Macbeth' by his captain in the army, a 'worthy gentleman' by theking and also 'noble'. In the battle against Norway he does well and isrewarded by Duncan, the king.We have a different view of him in the next scene when Macbeth meets thewitches on the heath and they predict what will happen to him. He showsgreat interest in the witches. He is gullible when the witches' first predictioncomes true. Banquo is there too, but has not taken the advice of the witchesshowing he does not believe in them. We find that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a close relationship and thatshe knows him well. The scene starts off with Lady Macbeth reading a letterfrom her husband explaining what the witches said and that he has beenhailed 'Thane of Cawdor'. He writes 'This have I thought good to deliverthee (my dearest partner of greatness....)'. This may be due to him thinkingof murder twice in the previous scenes. Lady Macbeth sees her husband'snature is too considerate, too "full o th milk of human kindness" and isdetermined to persuade him to do whatever it takes to become king.We learn more about Macbeth when he talks about his doubts and reasonsfor not killing the king. He thinks that killing the king would be wrong and heis only thinking of it because he is very ambitious has had the idea put in hishead by the witches. He tells his wife, 'we will proceed no further in thisbusiness : he hath honoured me of late, and I have bought golden opinionsfrom all sorts of people, which would be worn now in their newest gloss'.The king has praised him and so have other people and if people found outhe would be an out-cast or even called a traitor.Lady Macbeth knows her husband so well that she thinks she can persuadehim to change his mind. Lady Macbeth tries to persuade him by calling him a'coward' and 'if you did this you would be a man'. She also teases him-saying 'and live a coward in thine own esteem' making him feel like he's nota man. Soon after he says 'if we should...

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