• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Macbeth Scene analysis. Act 3 Scene 4 is a prominent scene in demonstrating the plays overall themes including how supernatural and superstitious themes affect human behaviour

Extracts from this document...


MACBETH SCENE ANALYSIS Michael Teakle Act 3 Scene 4 Shakespeare's Macbeth is one of the most well recognised tragedies written by the world-renowned playwright. It tells the tragic tale of Macbeth, a Thane in Scotland. Some of the many themes illustrated in the play include ambition, fate and deception. Three witches decide to confront the great Scottish general Macbeth on his victorious return from a war between Scotland and Norway. After receiving predictions of greatness from the witches, Macbeth plots to commit treason and murder King Duncan, ruler of Scotland. When the murder is successful the heirs to the throne flee to England, leaving Macbeth next in line. Once crowned, Macbeth becomes increasingly delusional in addition to an extreme paranoia, leading to his eventual downfall. During Act 3 Scene 4 there are many different themes, which are important in portraying the true character of Macbeth. It is a vital part of the lead up to the turnover point of the text, Act 4 Scene 1, which is known as the 'middle' of the play. ...read more.


My lord is often thus, and hath been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat'. After Macbeth's display of madness 'thou canst not say I did it; never shake thy glory locks at me!' Lady Macbeth ushers the guests from the banquet without any of the formality seen at the beginning, and attempts to comfort Macbeth once they are alone. The scene contributes to the play in that it shows Macbeth's progression as a character. The growing thirst for power that Macbeth has possessed since first encountering the witches is beginning to cause his own personal corruption, and causes the audience to question his sanity. This scene proves to be the third instance within the play in which Macbeth sees something paranormal. After his experiences with the witches and then the floating dagger, it is debated by the audience as to whether Macbeth is seeing things that are not really there. This relates to one of the central themes, how superstition affects human behaviour. The question of whether Macbeth is truly seeing these things or whether he is beginning to become driven insane by power thickens the plot of the text. ...read more.


Is he dispatch'd?' Secondly the audience may believe that the ghost of Banquo is another element of the supernatural; something which they had been exposed to earlier in the instances of the witches and the floating dagger. The author has purposefully presented the text in a way that the understanding of the audience may differ, which adds to the mystery of the supernatural aspect within the play. Shakespeare uses visual imagery to describe certain instances within the scene and to add significance to certain points. This includes the Macbeth's description of Banquo's ghost, 'thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold; thou has no speculation in those eye which thou dost glare with.' Macbeth is a play and movie, which expresses many different themes. Shakespeare utilises language and manipulates the plot to portray the actions of the text and cause the audience to form opinions on the boundaries between the supernatural and reality. In Act 3 Scene 4 it is clear that Shakespeare is showing the character development of Macbeth, and also introduces another example of the supernatural. Macbeth uses visual imagery and poetic language to capture the emotion and significance of the scene in contribution to the play. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Macbeth essays

  1. Character Analysis of Macbeth

    would rather live like ''a coward'' then to carry on with the plans he first begun. This is a blow to Macbeth's manhood with regards to him being a coward and says he would do anything that will prove his masculinity.

  2. The significance of the madness in Macbeth

    Come, let me grasp you". This line portrays Macbeth to see a non-existent dagger in front of him. Here, the idea of hallucination and madness is significant as it adds to the emphasis of Macbeth crossing over to the dark side and is able to have evil thoughts, which he later on performs in action.

  1. Macbeth - Act 4 Scene 1: Discuss the Dramatic Potential in this scene.

    After chanting and making the potion, a fourth witch, Hecate refers to music and song. This helps to build impact, as music and song are rhythmic, and people believed that rhythm was also associated with evil. More drama has been added to the scene, when Macbeth enters.

  2. There Are Many Supernatural Elements In "Macbeth". What Effect Do They Have On The ...

    The witches prophesy. The witch's prophecies have so much power over Macbeth because they chose they chose the right moment to approach him, when he was full of battle. They also speak ok Macbeth's thoughts and know exactly what to say. Macbeth begs the witches to stay and question them.

  1. Trace the Development of Macbeth's Character in Act One

    This causes more uncomfortable feelings about Macbeth's future. As we see him getting more and more uneasy, we can see the decline in his character. Macbeth's uneasiness develops as he is given the new title of Thane of Cawdor. This is shown in: "The Thane of Cawdor lives.

  2. Why is act 1 scene 3 important to our understanding of Macbeth?

    Shakespeare incorporates stage direction in this play through the character's speech. The third witch says ' A drum, a drum, Macbeth doth come!' This indicates the arrival of Macbeth. The weird sisters then begin to chant a charm. The most important part of this spell, cleverly included by Shakespeare is

  1. How has the friendship between Macbeth and Banquo changed between Act 1 scene 3, ...

    He was amazed that it had become true. After this happens Macbeth really begins to think deeply about what they had predicted. Yet again he asks Banquo if he wants his children to become King.

  2. Comparing the behaviour and language of Macbeth and Banquo from act 1 scene 3 ...

    He has now murdered the king all his servants and is planning the death of banquo. I think he has changed a lot. Part of this I think is due to his wife. As it was her who persuaded him to kill the king in the first place.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work