Macbeth's Speech Analysis

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A noble man turned king, doesn’t sound exactly correct, but it is possible. In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare that’s exactly what happened. Within the play it starts with Macbeth in a war and he just murdered a main rebel Scotland was fighting against as the play progresses his rank continues up and he does become king. There are multiple speeches in the play that shows how Macbeth really feels about the progression. Once we get to the climax in Macbeth in Act III his perspective changes to nearly the opposite of how it began. The speeches that were chosen is when Macbeth first meets the witches on the battlefield in Act I and when he meets up with the witches again in Act III.

In Macbeth’s first speech in Act I, right
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Firstly, he is concerned for what will come in the future not what’s in the present. “Presents fears are less than horrible imaginings;”(136-137) meaning the present dangers of the end of the war are less terrifying than what he is picturing in his head. Then he continues with the thoughts of murdering for the crown and how he would love to do it, but it’s so unlike him to think of murdering the king to gain power makes him unrecognizable to himself. “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise, and nothing is what is not.’ (138-141). No matter how much he wants the crown he would not kill for it and Macbeth is trying to coerce himself out of the thoughts of murder by saying at the end how he wants what isn’t yet real. He’s not king yet so he can only want it. However, he will probably not gain the title of the king of Scotland. He ends with hoping fate will take him to the king instead of him taking it in his own hands. “If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me, without my stir.” (143-144), he’s hoping he won’t have to do anything to gain the crown and that it will just naturally fall so he wouldn’t have to assassinate the king for it. Macbeth is trying to not have any association with the murderous thoughts in his
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