Monday, 30 May 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
MALCOLM: He is the elder son of King Duncan. He first comes across as a weak character and unsure of his power/position after being saved by sergeant. He eventually challenges Macbeth, who murdered his father, Duncan in the middle of the play. Malcolm's sudden reaction of fleeing after the death of his father was a surprise. He seems to lack the experience to make him confident or capable of taking over. It's only when he meets Macduff, who complements him in courage and experience, do we start to see the potential power in Malcolm.
LADY MACBETH: Lady Macbeth is known to be one of the most famous and frightening female characters in Shakespeare's time. She is Macbeth's wife, and is a really ambitious women (just like Macbeth), who looks to achieve power and high political position. She uses Macbeth to help get her there. Lady Macbeth tells him to listen and do what it takes to over throne Duncan and become King of Scotland. This all lead to the murderous events which occurred due to Lady Macbeth successfully tempting/persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan. In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth seemed to be a very powerful and demanding person. She would make her own decisions and follow through. Towards the last Act of the play, Lady Macbeth seemed to have fallen apart. Not only was she weak and not in power as she was before, she was also considered mentally ill. From being the strongest woman, to becoming a weak ill woman, Lady Macbeth suffered through the nights. She was consumed with endless guilt for the violent acts that had happened, which affected her emotionally and mentally. For example; the visions she had of blood stained all over her hands.
MACBETH: Shakespeare uses a lot of various qualities and characteristics on Macbeth that help show that character development is important especially in plays like these. Macbeth plunges from heights, where he is admired and respected as one the generals of the King's army, to the lowest point, where he is cursed and faces unfortunate events. The main focus of Macbeth's character is his fierce, overpowering ambition. In the beginning he is seen as a brave hero after the battle in Scotland, however, once we see Macbeth interact with the three witches his qualities soon change. He is easily tempted to commit murderous acts to fulfill his ambitions to take out Duncan, and be crowned King of Scotland. After this occurs he embarks on further violence that creates high tragedy throughout the play. One other characteristic that stands out for Macbeth is self-doubt. He lacks confidence within himself and his abilities. This causes him to believe and follow everything that the three witches said to him. As several of the prophecies come true the more Macbeth is unknowingly getting closer to his death. He lacks the skills necessary to rule as King and his only power would come in the form of illegal/violent acts. Macbeth was tempted and cheated by the witches and his own ambitions and passions deceived him into changing his virtues.