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    Throughout the play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth together demonstrate how ambition can turn a loyal soldier into a bloodthirsty murderer

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    Lady Macbeth calls on the spirits of darkness and evil to replace her nurturing and feminine qualities with remorseless cruelty. Macbeth is appalled of the thought of killing his king and can think of many reasons for not going ahead with the murder. So Lady Macbeth manipulates him by accusing him of being a coward and unmanly, until he agrees to proceed with the murder. Lady Macbeth presents her plan that when Duncanâs servants are asleep, he will enter Duncanâs chamber and kill him.

    • Length: 1296 words
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    How does Lady Macbeth change throughout the play, "Macbeth"?

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    She seems even more ruthless by the fact that automatically she presumes that they will have to use morally wrong methods to fulfil the prophecy by killing Duncan and it does not daunt her. "Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom." Shakespeare has given her this line to express that she does not mind disregarding what is right and wrong in her one track mind for power. He emphasises this further by saying that she "fears" that Macbeth's nature is too kind to perform the deeds they will have to resort to.

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    Explore how the writers present choices in Macbeth by William Shakespeare and the Laboratory by Robert Browning.

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    I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, had I so sworn as you have done to this." In Macbeths opening soliloquy by interpreting its textual content "Firstly as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself." it is clear the motives that are at work to deter him from committing the murder, fear of the consequences in this world, mingled feelings of kinship, loyalty, and hospitality, admiration for Duncan's

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    How far can the audience sympathise with Lady Macbeth?

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    will be able to convince him that murdering Duncan is the right course of action to take, and overcome his good, kind nature, "and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee." At that time, the 16th century, it was widely accepted and believed that witches were both real, and held enormous power and influence over people and their lives. People accepted the supernatural as part of their everyday lives and lived in fear of witches who, they believed, could influence the course of their lives for the worse.

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    How might a Jacobean audience see certain events in MACBETH differently to a modern one?

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    Nowadays, a modern audience would see that as simply just made up, because we don't believe in witches anymore. Adverse weather conditions are caused by natural phenomena not by supernatural evil witches. When Macbeth sees the witches for the first time they say "Hail Macbeth hail to thee Thane of Glamis," "Thane of Cawdor" then "King hereafter". The witches are saying he definitely will have those titles, not just might be. A Jacobean audience would see this as the witches predicted the future because people back then believed that they could do that.

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    Commentary on Macbeth soliloquy Act V scene V"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

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    Imagery, time, dictions and repetition each have its constituency in shaping this important soliloquy. The passage reveals to the reader the despair and desolation of Macbeth just before the deciding battle with Macduff and Malcolm. Just before the soliloquy, Macbeth has been informed that Lady Macbeth is dead. The sudden departure of Lady Macbeth marks the lost of Macbeth's only love and trusty as well as the ties to the world. By now, Macbeth is all alone, as most of the previously mentioned Thanes have taken side with Malcolm. After this soliloquy, Macbeth is informed that the Birnam wood is moving towards Dunsinae.

    • Length: 1032 words
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    "this dead butcher, and his fiend-like queen". Are these words by Malcolm an appropriate epitaph for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

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    He tells the murderers to take revenge on Banquo because it is Banquo's fault and not his own fault that they do not have any luxuries. He whispers, "That is was he in the times past which held you So under fortune, which you thought had been Our innocent self." He tries to persuade them that becoming assassins will make them 'real' men. This shows that Macbeth is becoming a butcher because he has planned to kill, firstly the King whom he served, and then an old friend.

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    What is the importance of Banquo in Shakespeare's play Macbeth?

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    They were both regarded highly and respected by everyone, including Duncan, the King of Scotland. When Banquo and Macbeth first meet the witches after battling with the Norwegians, both characters seem very suspicious of them, but as the witches speak their prophecies. "All hail Macbeth, Thane of Glamis" "All Hail Macbeth, Thane of Cawdor" "All hail Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter" Macbeth seems to be memorised by the fortunes. Banquo doesn't realise the danger he is now in by being the only witness of the witches' prophecies, perhaps this is a flaw in his character, to trusting of Macbeth.

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    How does Lady Macbeth persuade Macbeth to kill the King?

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    All Lady Macbeth has to do is come up with the plan and get Macbeth to carry it out. Lady Macbeth talks to Macbeth when he arrives at the castle and tells him of the plan to kill the King. She says "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under 't. This metaphor creates an image that means welcome Duncan into the castle and be all welcoming on the outside but underneath be evil, think you are going to kill him.

    • Length: 922 words
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    How is conflict presented in Macbeth and Dulce et Decorum Est and make comparisons

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    Macbeth is a character that is accustom to war and violence. We learn of this in Act One, Scene two when 'the bloody man' describes Macbeth to King Duncan as 'Brave Macbeth' and that Macbeth 'Disdained fortune, with brandish'd steel which smoked with bloody execution, like valour's minion carved out his passage till he faced the slave; which ne'er shook hands nor bade farewell to him, till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps, and fix'd his head upon our battlements'. Macbeth is clearly a brave soldier who is willing to brutally murder another human being just to protect King and Country.

    • Length: 1497 words
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    In what ways does Shakespeare make the Banqueting scene dramatic?

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    Can the Devil speak true?"' However, Macbeth feared that the prophecy concerning Banquo would come true. Hence, this is why Macbeth arranged the killing of Banquo. Furthermore, the scene before the Banqueting scene shows Banquo being killed. This is followed by Macbeth's happiness at being king. As a result, this would be dramatic for a modern audience, as Macbeth who arranged the killing appeared to have no conscience. Therefore, to show the scene of Banquo's murder followed by Macbeth's happiness would be dramatic for a modern audience.

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    Macbeth- Good vs evil

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    Duncan tells Macbeth that he deserves more thanks that it's possible to give for saving Duncan, by fighting for Scotland. Duncan thinks Macbeth is a heroic soldier. He thinks Macbeth is brave and courageous and he trusts him. Duncan and Macbeth have a good relationship and both respect each other. Duncan is happy to have such a wonderful man to be one of his soldiers, and Macbeth is pleased to be a soldier for King Duncan. The witches play an important role in corrupting Macbeth.

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    How does shakespeare represent women in macbeth?

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    One other mysterious point was where the witches spoke in riddles in which to confuse Macbeth's mind. This is shown continuously; however one of the riddles describes Macbeth turning from thane of Glamis, to thane of Cawdor then to king "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" "all hail that shall be king hereafter." This shows that the witches were also supernatural as they could see the future. In the Shakespearean times this was seen as superstitious and at the current time king James was very aware of witches. So aware that that he had a law passed that if you had skin like a dead person, that you were accused of witchcraft.

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    Analysis of the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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    At this point Macbeth enters she greets him with notions of future greatness, almost as if she is already beginning to tempt him with her ideas of murdering Duncan. She urges him to keep a welcoming look on his face when the others arrive, so as not to give away their deadly intentions. At the end of the scene Lady Macbeth gives him words of comfort by telling him not to worry, she will take care of things. Even that small gesture goes to show how controlling she likes to be, especially of this situation.

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    Pygmalion: In what way or ways does Eliza change over the course of the play?

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    When Eliza Doolittle appears herself in Chapter 1, she was just same shape as other low class people. She wore same thing as other low class people wear, and looks dirty because she did not wash her body. In linguistically, her pronunciation and grammar were terrible, and she has a London accent, so it was hard to understand her talking. However, although she was lower class people, she was always proud, and did not afraid to the other person. This quote expresses how she thinks herself; "I'm good girl, I am!". Most of main characters are shown in Chapter 1, such as Eliza, Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering.

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    Is Macbeth a horrible monster of is he a sensitive man - a victim of the witches, chance, his wife, and his own ambitions? In a curious way is he both?!

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    The witches meet on the heath as previously planned, Macbeth and his companion Banquo stubble across the woman. They are completely oblivious to the fact that the witches have been waiting for them. This scene is the most critical so far and lays the foundation for the changes in Macbeth's unblemished persona. The witches say firstly to Macbeth "All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis". This does not perturb Macbeth as he already holds the title of Thane of Glamis, inherited from his father.

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    What dramatic techniques are used in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

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    Examples of setting the scene within Act 1 are where Scene 1 starts with "A desolate place". This conveys to readers that at that moment in the play, the characters are in a gloomy and foul place. This can indicate that something unpleasant is going to happen. The conversation between the witches in Scene 1 mentions Macbeth, but they say nothing else about him. They conversation connotes to readers that again, something bad is going to happen. This is because generally, witches were thought of as evil beings.

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    'Do you think that Lady Macbeth is a good wife to an ambitious husband? You should refer in some detail to her words and actions.'

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    Others see her as a woman ambitious for her husband whom she loves. She recognises the essential good in him, and feels that, without her, he will never win the Crown. Lady Macbeth wants to throw out her morality for the sake of gaining a title. With the help of invisible sprits, she wants to make herself able to commit a murder to make her dreams of the royal life come true, without having reservations or remorse. She approaches Macbeth with the idea that she wants to kill King Duncan. Macbeth, although wanting the prophecy to come true, and become king, lacks the enthusiasm that his wife does, to commit the murder against his King.

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    Explore How Evil Is Represented In Macbeth and Lord of the Flies.

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    Miraculously all the Children survive but all the adults had died. The book explores how these children no older than thirteen or fourteen live on the island until rescue arrives. Evil is represented in the novel by the fight for leadership between two rivals, Jack and Ralph, and how the other children live with this. Both the play and the novel have evil themes within them, which is reacted to by the characters. I will be comparing the ways evil is represented in 'Macbeth' and 'The Lord of the Flies' as well as exploring the different attitudes of the characters.

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    Shakespeare's use of imagery in 'Macbeth'

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    O Cicero! I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds Have riv'd the knotty oaks; and I have seen Th' ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam, To be exalted with the threat'ning clouds; But never till tonight, never till now, Did I go through a tempest dropping fire. Either there is a civil strife in heaven, Or else the world, too saucy with the gods, Incenses them to send destruction." (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 3). When the witches meet with Macbeth and Banquo (Act 1, Scene 3)

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    Look at Macbeth’s Monologue in Act III Scene I, what do we learn about Macbeth?

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    Macbeth then talks about how the witches have predicted that Macbeth will have no children and his crown is "fruitless", and he has a "barren sceptre" meaning that he will not pass on his crown to anyone in his family. He then says that he only murdered Duncan for Banquo's children, as they will be the next kings, and it was only for them he gave his soul to the devil and only for them he has become a more evil and treacherous man.

    • Length: 529 words
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    How does Shakespeare create dramatic tension in act 2 scene 2 of Macbeth?

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    which demonstrates that she is concerned someone has been alerted to the couple's plans and will discover their wretched methods; this sudden feeling of concern contrasts with her prior confident attitude and thus adds an element of drama to the situation. After Macbeth has murdered Duncan he feels nervous we see this when he asks "Didst thou not hear a noise?" which indicates panic in his mind. Lady Macbeth clearly shares the same emotional state as she replies "I heard the owl scream...Did you not speak".

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    The Supernatural in "Macbeth"

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    Back in the day, witches were blamed for the death of animals. Also, the witches repeated phrases three times. "I'll do, I'll do, I'll do" and instead of any other number of witches, there were three of them. The number three was regarded as a magic number. The characters referred to themselves as "weird sisters" which was significant because the Weird Sisters were the goddess of destiny, who could see everyone's future. The characters prophesied Macbeth's and Banquo's future. They gave Macbeth three prophecies: "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis" which was Macbeth's past title; "All hail to Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" which was Macbeth's present title which he has known about at that time; and finally, "all hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter!"

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    How far are the witches responsible for Macbeth's downfall?

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    At first, he does not believe them, but when he receives the news that he has been given the title of Thane of Cawdor, he starts to believe in the prophecies. Macbeth believed in these prophecies so much that he ended up sending Lady Macbeth a letter explaining everything that had gone on that day, 'Enter Lady Macbeth, reading a letter.' (Act One Scene Five) This then leads to Lady Macbeth being seen as a reason why Macbeth had a downfall.

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    A letter from Lady Macbeth to her husband.

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    How long ago this all seems now. I wish we could return tothat happiness, but it is all too late. I have ruined everything you worked so hard for. You were a role model to everyone who knew you. Well respected, brave and loyal, you served your country and gained the trust of our king. He rewarded you well and would have rewarded you further, but now I' ve destroyed everything. I am filled with pain and anguish and hopeless despair and all I can offer you is that when I am gone it may relieve some of the guilt I have put upon your soul.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • To what extent does Shakespeare portray the character of Macbeth as a war hero(TM) turned evil murderer(TM)?

    "In conclusion I think that the witches' equivocations acted as the initial stimulus to Macbeth. They were the ones who first planted those dark thoughts into Macbeth's head, but the witches didn't tell him to murder, they only told him that he would become king. Lady Macbeth then acted as a catalyst as she manipulated Macbeth into actually killing King Duncan, and used his ego against him. There are many factors that led to Macbeth's downfall, but Macbeth's fatal flaw was his ambition, and he would not have preformed any murder if he didn't have the drive and ambition to become king."

  • Macbeth: Analyse and compare two scenes in William Shakespeare's Macbeth that show the audience the change in the balance of power, in their relationship, between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

    "In conclusion despite there being many other themes in this play in my chosen scenes the one of power stands out a great deal. They show well how Lady Macbeth has the majority of power during the beginning of the play but as it continues she loses it quickly to Macbeth. He seems to gain the power of the country around the same time that he gains it over the relationship, however because the switch in power of the relationship is not as obvious as the switch in power of the country we are unable to determine which followed which. Laura Mann 10E"

  • To what extent do you agree with Malcolm's description of Lady Macbeth as a "fiend like queen"?

    "In conclusion I believe that Malcolm's description of her as a "fiend-like queen", is not a n entirely accurate representation of Lady Macbeth, contrary to my initial impression of her. This remark may have some truth to it as Lady Macbeth did manipulate Macbeth into doing the things he did, but she does realise finally the enormity what she has done. She regrets her actions and I don't think that regret is something that a 'fiend' would feel. The witches can be seen as more responsible for Macbeth's actions as they gave him the thought of murder even though it was Lady Macbeth that spurred him on. She died what she did out of love for her husband, so I don't think she is truly evil just someone overcome by ambition for her husband, who acted without thing of the consequences. Her final remorse reveals her human side rather than her 'fiend-like' qualities."

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