In-class essay: Macbeth
How does Shakespeare use conflict to develop characters or theme in the play? Throughout the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses different types of conflict to change the dynamic of the play and change the way the characters behave. The whole play becomes based on the influence of the conflicts on the characters themselves and the characters then change the outcome of Macbeth to make the play vary multiple times.
In the play “Macbeth”, Shakespeare uses conflict to change the way we see characters and to make us think differently of the events happening in the play. Sometimes it shows us a whole new perspective of a character and helps us understand more his/her decisions. Internal conflicts are some of the main conflicts used in the play, and they help us understand some of the characters’ behaviours better or even their personality.
One good example of conflict that changes what we think of a character is when Macbeth, the main character of the play, is about to kill Duncan (1.3 and 2.2) At this specific moment, we think of Macbeth as a bad king since he starts killing other people for no genuine reason, but at the actual moment where Macbeth kills Duncan, Macbeth is himself tortured by his thoughts of killing an innocent person and it makes us realise that Macbeth is a character that cannot identify what is reality and what isn’t, since he seems so devastated after killing Duncan. This event makes us look at Macbeth differently for the rest of the play, and now we kind of see him more of a crazy king that doesn’t really know what he is doing, and it is no surprise when at the end of the play king Macbeth gets killed.
There are other examples of conflicts in this play and another one would be the dispute between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself when they are arguing about who should be the next king and if it should be Macbeth’s best friends’ kids or not (1.7, 1-82) At that point someone overheard their conversation...