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Macbeth Essay

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  • on December 5, 2011
  • Category: English
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To what extent does Shakespeare present Macbeth himself as responsible for his decline from loyal subject to regicide? What other factors does Shakespeare make responsible for his apparent decline?

We  first  hear  about  Macbeth  in  Act  one  scene  2  when  the  Captain  mentions  him.  He  presents  Macbeth  as  a  brave  and  courageous  soldier.
           “But  all’s  to  weak-
              For  brave  Macbeth  [well  he  deserves  that  name]
              Disdaining  fortune,  with  his  brandished  sheet
              This  smoked  the  bloody  execution”.
The  Captain  then  does  on  to  describe  how  Macbeth  showed  no fear  when  the  Norwegians  turned  up.
            “But  the  Norwegian  lord,  surveying  vantage,
             With  furbished  arms,  and  new  supplies  of  men,
             Began  a  fresh  assault,”
Ross  then  explains  that  Macbeth  didn’t  only  defeat  the  Norwegians  but  captured  the  Thane  of  Cawdor.
            “Norway  himself,  with  terrible  numbers,
             Assisted  by  that  most  disloyal  traitor,
             The  Thane  of  Cawdor,  began  a dismal  conflict-
             Till  that  Bellona’s  bridegroom,  lapped  in  proof,
             Confronted  him  with  self-comparisons,
             Point  against  point,  rebellious  arm  ’gainst  arm,
             Curbing  his  lavish  spirit.  And,  to  conclude, 
             The  victory  fell  on  us-”
The  disloyal  traitor  was  assisted  by  the  Norwegians,  but  did  not  succeed  in  the  battle.  But failed  as  they  were  no  match for  Macbeth.  Duncan  was  impressed  by this and he says;
            “No  more  that  Thane  of  Cawdor  shall deceive
             Our  bosom interest!-  Go,  pronounce  his  present  death,
             And  with  his  former  title  greet  Macbeth.”
Macbeth  captured  the  Thane  of  Cawdor  for  the  king.  And  in  the  kings  gratitude  he  makes  Macbeth  the  new  Thane  of ...

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