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Character Analysis in Act 5 - Analysis of Macbeth.

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Character Analysis in Act 5 Analysis of Macbeth * The witches' prophecies in specific the three apparitions cause Macbeth to lose his sense of fear. o "The mind I sway by, and the heart I bear shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear." (V, iii, 9-10) * Macbeth's agnorisis (moment of recognition) is shown in his regret for all of his killing and becoming king as he has to face many consequences. o "As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have;" (V, iii, 25-26) * Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had a very tight-knit relationship before, but as the murdering continued, they grew further apart. o Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had no secrets from each other shown through the letter Macbeth writes to his wife, calling her his "dearest partner of greatness." (I, v, 10). The separation began when Macbeth kept the plotting of Banquo's murder a secret. o Lady Macbeth spent most of her time in guilt while Macbeth spent a lot of his time plotting to kill other people and about his own well-being. ...read more.


o "I'll not fight with thee" (V, vii, 51) says Macbeth after hearing that Macduff was 'untimely ripped from his mother's womb' (V, vii, 44-45) o Macduff challenges Macbeth's manhood by saying "We'll have thee, as our rarer monster are, painted upon a pole, and underwrit, 'Here may you see the tyrant." (V, vii, 54-56) * As Macbeth grew more evil, he loss the sense of fear along with courage, but his courage is revived when the battle begins between him and the army o "I'll fight till from my bones and flesh be hack'd. Give me my armour." (V, iii, 33-34) His previous identity of a brave and noble soldier is shown again when he puts his armour on. o Macbeth enters into battle knowing that he will be defeated --> 3rd apparition "Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him." (IV, i, 92-94) had come true. o Macbeth never leans towards the option of committing suicide, but instead wants to die with dignity as he says, "Why should I play the Roman fool, and die on mine own sword? ...read more.


o This is a different attitude shown before when comforting Macbeth to move on with his life, Lady Macbeth says "What's done is done," (III, ii, 12) showing her confidence in her actions. * At first, she had been encouraging and influencing Macbeth to murder and be more 'manly' as she had a lot of ambition and evil in her. However, she is now full of guilt and a troubled conscious, which eventually leads to her death. o "What, will these hands ne'er be clean?" (V, i, 42)--> Lady Macbeth wants to take back everything that she has done as she tries to wash her guilt away. * Lady Macbeth's agnorisis appears as she says "all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand." (V, i, 48-49) She realizes that she is in a dead end and nothing can be done to help her out of this troubled state. * Lady Macbeth has sacrificed her soul/spirit for her uncontrollable ambition to make Macbeth King and herself Queen. She can't have the best of both worlds therefore she ended up suffering the consequences of her actions. o "Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it" (I, v, 17-18) --> With ambition comes consequences 1Delahoyde, Michael. "Macbeth." Washington State University - Shakespeare. http://www.wsu.edu/~delahoyd/shakespeare/macbeth5. ...read more.

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