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Macbeth Analysis

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Introduction

Macbeth', a play written by William Shakespeare, is a tragedy that explores the ideas of evil, power and fate. Within Shakespeare, language techniques have been used to convey meaning and understanding to the reader. Shakespeare's choices of techniques make use of language to highlight the moral fibre of the characters, themes and to convey a more extensive description of occurrences. This passage, from the beginning of Scene 5 in Act 1, explains Lady Macbeth reading a letter she has received from Macbeth. The letter announces Macbeth's newly honoured position as Thane of Cawdor and an explanation of the witch's prophecies. Reading, Lady Macbeth reflects on the qualities of Macbeth, both positive and negative. She fears Macbeth does not have the determination and the ruthless nature to claim his crown. She plans to persuade him to pursue the crown by using her daring and persuasive temperament. Immediately after the passage Macbeth enters and they discuss their murderous plan for the king. ...read more.

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She uses dark imagery of spirits taking all of her human kindness away from her "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,"(1.5.38-39) By using this image of her being 'unsexed' she is showing that she is happy to remove all that makes her a woman for the purpose to kill Duncan the king. This dark imagery is further continued when Lady Macbeth talks herself into a murderous state of mind and calls upon night to hide her deed from heaven and from herself. "Come, think night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cary "Hold, Hold"(1.5.50-54) Symbolism is the representation of an idea of emotion through symbols. This technique is a dramatic device which is used by Lady Macbeth to place a large emphasis on her seriousness towards the intention of murdering Duncan. ...read more.

Conclusion

make his way to King with his nature, 'yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness, To catch the nearest way' (1.5.14-16). Lady Macbath is also seen as a very devious person. When she hears that the King Duncan will be staying in their castle, she greets the attendant with a natural manner, hiding her murderous intentions. The passage is largely expressing a mix of excitement and nervousness. She is excited by the prospect of being a Queen and that the goal is so graspable. However, she ponders to the thought of the milk of human kindness that she recognizes as a weakness. She believes such humanity is not needed, and wishesit to be stricken from her, in order to acquire her wants. The words, sentencing and deliberate use of language illustrate the nature of Lady Macbeth and the dark ambition Lady Macbeth and Macbeth share. The personal thoughts and ideas the two characters consider can be studied in greater detail by investigating the words further. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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