Transforming Or Revealing? A Look At Macbeth By Shakespeare

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Pressure and persuasion can make a person do something that he or she would not normally do, or something that he or she might regret. In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, regrets symbolize transformations in a character, changing them into someone entirely different. Throughout the play, Shakespeare completely reverses the emotions and actions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Through the use of symbolism and differing gender roles, Shakespeare demonstrates transformations and changes within the characters of Macbeth.
In the first Act of Macbeth, Shakespeare uses loose clothing as a symbol of changing times. After Macbeth defeats Macdonwald, a traitor, he becomes the new Thane of Cawdor. Once he accepts his new title, he removes his fighting armor and replaces it with robes. He asks the people present, “Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” (1.4.108-9). Macbeth infers that the clothes of the previous Thane of Cawdor, the traitor, do not fit him. Shakespeare uses this symbolism throughout the play to show how Macbeth evolves into a greedy and murderous monster. Toward the final scenes of the play, Macbeth realizes what he has become. While Macbeth requests to be put into his armor for his last battle, Angus makes a comment about him to Menteith, Caithness, and Lennox, “Those he commands move only in command, nothing in love. Now does he feel his title hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe upon a dwarfish thief” (5.2.19-22). Angus says that anyone who follows Macbeth does so only out of command to do so, not out of love. He also remarks that the title of “King” does not fit Macbeth, but rather it hangs around him like a dwarf in a giant’s clothing. Shakespeare shows the transformations of Macbeth simply through what he wears. In the beginning, the robes do not fit him because they belonged to a thief; in the end, the clothes he wears also do not fit him, but they were intended for a king.
Another transformation in this play would be Macbeth becoming a completely different character. In the beginning scenes of Macbeth, his character seems almost feminine. Being compared to Lady Macbeth, he definitely take the more sensitive role. After being persuaded into killing Duncan, Macbeth says, “What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes! Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red” (2.2.59-63). He tells his wife that if he were to stick his hand in an ocean, the entire sea would turn red from the blood on his hands. Shakespeare transforms...

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