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Abraham 1Abraham, Ally

Ms. Rhude

H English 10, Per. 4

28 October 2014

Macbeth Essay

In Shakespeare's Macbeth, violence plays a dominant role in the play. It exposes characters and shows their true nature. With the first violent scene, Macbeth kills Duncan. This first murder shows the start of Macbeth's unraveling and shows him as the murderer he is.

At first, Macbeth is hesitant to kill and this is why he seems like the noble man he once was. After he murders Duncan, the audience begins to see his character shift. The violent act was evidence of his sanity slipping away and that he was no longer the "good guy". Before murdering Duncan, Macbeth says, "I dare do all that may become a man. Who dares do more is none" (I. vii. 46-47). Before violence takes over his character, he admits that he will do what he must do but it has to fit the standards of a man and he asserts that anyone who goes beyond those standards is not a man.

In order to achieve what he so desperately sought, he broke those limits and stripped himself of the title of a man. Once he took a man's life for his own gain, his personality and morals change to fit that of a murderer. When Macbeth comes out of Duncan's bedroom, covered in blood, he is initially consumed with regret. This quickly changes once Macbeth accepts his actions and starts to kill as if it is just another normal occurrence. Violence is used in the play to enable the reader to see how a character truly is within, but violence also gives the characters personal realizations. When the characters develop personal insights, the audience learns with them and this helps the audience to further understand the characters...