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  1. Who is to blame for the death of King Duncan?

    The witches provided Macbeth with an insight into his future. The three witches hailed Macbeth 'Thane of Glamis', a title which Macbeth already had, followed by 'Thane of Cawdor' and ultimately 'King of Scotland'. The latter two titles are the ones that had not been awarded to Macbeth, but were the ones which had left Macbeth's conscience to lie astray. It's important to remember that the words of the witches are like an axiom, not the end product of a process of reasoning, something which Macbeth did not understand during his time of delusion.

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  2. Letter to Lady Macbeth. I am writing this letter to you to announce the wonderful news of my greatest success; I am the new Thane of Cawdor! But firstly I will tell you how this great fortune occurred and the events that had happened afterwards.

    Finally we fulfilled the kings wish , we had won the great battle. I was overjoyed at our triumph. Just as we began to celebrate, the vile Norwegians took the advantage and attacked. Me and Banquo redoubled our efforts and finally won the atrocious battle. I hate battles and fighting. Harmony and peace is what I prefer however as you know it is my duty to fight for the king. Banquo and I rode home together in the scorching heat.I looked towards the heath where we were heading and I saw three unfamiliar figures.

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  3. To Kill Duncan

    He is there in "double trust," and therefore off guard to any possible attack (ln 12). Also, with the king's kindness he is a "new-born babe" (ln 21). This is used as a complementary metaphor, but his heavenly innocent makes him horribly ill prepared for the cold realities of a power-playing earth. Combining with accessibility, Macbeth has a "vaulting ambition" to kill Duncan (ln 27). This phrase, the final thought of the passage, serves to override many of his concerns. He says ambition "o'erleaps itself / And falls on the other," meaning that his main motivation, ambition, is so powerful that it overtakes everything else (ln 27-28).

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  4. Macbeth essay on Duncan

    sentencing the Thane of Cawdor to death because he betrayed Scotland. Duncan also promotes what he sees as 'good,' "My worthy Cawdor" the positive adjective 'worthy' shows that Duncan isn't just promoting good but he is also grateful to Macbeth as well. He also promotes 'good' by giving Lady Macbeth a diamond as reported by Banquo, "this diamond he greets your wife with withal." This line draws attention because of the alliteration. Duncan is also shown as being a caring king. "O worthiest cousin" the superlative adjective "worthiest" shows that he really cares about Macbeth as he could have just said cousin or something else and that he wants to praise others.

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  5. Macbeth coursework

    If we kill people who commit murder, wouldn't that make us hypocrites? If we want to set a good example and teach younger generations that killing is wrong, then we shouldn't kill. We can teach that there are other ways to deal with problems without using violence. If a murderer is sentenced to a life sentence, then the sentence should carry out for the rest of their life, with no chance of release. It isn't our choice to decide who lives or who dies, because at the end of the day, were only human.

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  6. Discuss the characters of the witches, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth with reference to performances and depictions of the roles and the text of the play.

    Nowadays witches come in many shapes and sizes depending on the persons beliefs, many people do not believe in witches in the slightest. Unlike during the 1600's when witches were blamed for even the slightest trouble they are unlikely to be now as science now explains most phenomenons. Although in less developed countries, where they do not have the modern technologies we have, even a simple card trick might scare people thinking that it is witchcraft. Macbeth has many different facets and different producers of the play have interpreted Shakespeare's original text in different ways in some plays he is a brave warrior who is ambitious and courageous "Brave Macbeth", "O valiant cousin!

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  7. Who is to blame for the killing of King Duncan? Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?

    Therefore, before even meeting Macbeth, the audience are influenced into positive opinions of him. The point in the play where everything changes for Macbeth quickly occurs, however, when he meets the Witches. Immediately, after seeing Macbeth the Witches provoke him with 'All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!', 'All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor' and 'All hail, Macbeth thou shalt be King hereafter!' The complimentary language used by the Witches shows their manipulative intentions as they are aware of how easily tempted Macbeth will be.

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  8. Letter for Eleanor

    Those three witches apparently made such unbelievable prophecies stating that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor. I didn't really believe what I was reading at first, but it sounded quite fearful, so I was convinced. After the talk with the three witches, they seem to just vanish into thin air, as if they never existed, how strange. Sometimes I wonder why I would marry to a husband that doesn't show much potential in leadership. You see my dear sister, I have never really told you this but ever since I was a young child I had always imagined myself with great power even though you were the older one, I always try to take control of everything, mother always said I was just a child and didn't know much.

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  9. Analyse Act 1 Scene 5 of Shakespeare's Macbeth

    Lady Macbeth uses the words "my battlements" which suggest her status and power, she believes highly in her plan and ability to take the castle. She then invokes "spirits" to "insex her" - this tells us she doesn't like the characteristics which make her a woman. She would like to remove them, leaving her with "direst cruelly", giving her the strength to plan and commit murder and become cruel like men. Lady Macbeth's says "Come to my woman's breasts, and take my milk for gall" - this is a shocking perversion of maternal care and the foul thought she is having also strengthens her desire to become queen.

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  10. How Does Shakespeare Present The Character OF Macbeth In Act 1?

    On the other hand, Shakespeare changed the characteristics of Macbeth in a completely diverse way for example, 'good' into 'evil'. He starts out as a strong man but when he encounters the witches his whole mindset changes to that of a greedy man. There are two major influences, one which is supernatural on Macbeth's character. These influences are the 3 witches and Lady Macbeth along with Macbeth losing touch with his conscience. Macbeth falls into an evil world and an evil mind.

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  11. Macbeth English Coursework

    makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, to cry, hold, hold" she wants thick, dark clouds to come upon her to cover all her bad deeds. She's also power hungry, we can tell this by what she says "unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of the direst cruelty" she wants the spirits to make her a man basically, so she can be able to do everything a man does, in other words be able to kill.

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  12. Consider ways how banqou is an effective charcter in macbeth

    As Banqou further on in the play becomes a tragic hero admirably dying because of his desire not act on what the witches prophesized. While Macbeth is a vile villain that has acted on his whims and desecrated one of the holiest beliefs, of the time that he murdered the king. This also supported by the following. The difference between how Banqou behaves and how Macbeth behaves leaves a significant contrast between him and Macbeth. Banqou has also been promised the fate of kingdom but he has accepted that statement as talk and he believes that talk will stay talk.

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  13. Lady Macbeth - four key passages showing her character

    Other similarities between Lady Macbeth and the witches emerge as she requests help from dark forces and uses sinister imagery like "the raven", "blood", "thick night" and "smoke of hell" which link to the supernatural power of the witches. Her use of imperative verbs like "come" - further evidence of her masculine power and commanding nature - imitate an incantation or curse, and the hard 'c' at the beginning give it more forceful sound to show her wilfulness.

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  14. Explore the dramatic impact and significance of Act 2 Scene 2 within the context of the whole play in macbeth

    Lady Macbeth says 'had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't.' This shows she isn't as tough as she seems and she has a softer side to her. She also says 'it was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman.' This led her to believe her husband had committed the deed. The uses of short sentences during when Macbeth returns also create a feeling of tension for example ay / hark! / When / my husband / as I descended / now / this is a sorry sight. 'This is a sorry sight' suggests that Macbeth is feeling almost regretful.

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  15. Lady Macbeth, the three witches and Macbeth

    Other characters include Lady Macbeth, the three witches, Banquo, Duncan, Malcolm and Mac duff. In total there are 32 characters. Lady Macbeth is a very strong minded character. She can be very ruthless at times; she is very supportive of her husband but can also push him into things. She has a strong influence on him when committing several murders. She knows what needs to be done to get the job done. This would be very different from the typical Shakespearian woman who would have been very quiet and little power over their husbands her opening soliloquy introduces her as a very strong character that will stand up and fight for what she believes in.

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  16. I am going to do a character analysis of Macbeth, the protagonist in this play. I will be evaluating how Macbeths ambition and determination to be king, eventually drags him to his downfall.

    This makes the audience curious about what they are going to do to him. Furthermore they make the King and bleeding sergeant speak of his bravery and skill, making him liked already. The dramatist Shakespeare additionally uses mythological language to glorify Macbeth. For instance the Bleeding Sergeant describes Macbeth by calling him 'Valour's minion' and 'Bellona's bride groom'. Since Bellona is the Roman Goddess of war, Shakespeare is saying that Macbeth is a lover of war and is therefore a good soldier. Valour is courage and by calling him 'Valour's minion' he shows that he is fearless and courageous.

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  17. Macbeth was a truly admirable character. He could have been extremely happy as the Thane of Cawdor, but he craved more then what he had and this greed that grew

    " All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter! When the first prophecy comes true, Macbeth immediately falls into temptation and begins to go after greater power. He starts to loose some of his admirable qualities after realizing that in order to become what the witches promised he must kill Duncan and take over his throne. But Macbeth is soon dismayed by his own thoughts and decides that he cannot Murder Duncan who is a good man and King and chooses to leave the prospect of him becoming King to chance.

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  18. How does Shakespeare create a sense of unease in Act 1 of Macbeth?

    The fact that they were very superstitious would make them feel very uncomfortable. The language in act 1 scene 1 makes me feel uneasy an example of this is when the witches say "there to meet with Macbeth". It makes me feel uncomfortable because it makes me think that the witches want to do something or say something to Macbeth it also makes me think that they will say/do something bad to Macbeth but I want to think/feel good things about Macbeth because he's the main character and I don't want the witches to turn him bad.

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  19. To what extent was Macbeth the architect of his own downfall?

    The witches play a key part in the play and are the representation of evil in mankind. Although witches are mythical beings now, back when the play was written they were very real. These witches represent evil in the play as well and are the ones responsible for causing all of Macbeth's and all subsequent problems. From the beginning of the play it is made clear that they gain nothing from harming Macbeth and only wish to bring harm to other people.

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  20. Lady Macbeth's Speech

    When Lady Macbeth receives the fatal letter from Macbeth she immediately begins to think of the future, not taking into account the incredible consequences involved in carrying out her desires. Her speech in Act 1, Scene 5 illustrates those desires effectively. At the opening of her speech she states that, "The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements." The significance of this line is that she plans to kill Duncan and that the raven, symbolizing evil, announces Duncan's upcoming date with death.

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  21. Macbeth. Before we meet Macbeth , we form an opinion of him based on what other people say about him

    he thinks he's taking someone else's tittle of them because he says; " I know I'm thane of Glamis but how Cawdor the thane of Cawdor lives" Then he wants to know more of what the witches said to him. "Stay you imperfect speakers tell me more." he gets tempted about what they said to him. "If good why do to that suggestion." This shows that he'd like to be king then he thinks of murder. "My thought whose murder yet is but fantastical." This suggests he wants to murder the current king of Scotland, to get what he wants.

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  22. What response does Shakespeare(TM)s presentation of the supernatural provoke in the audience and how does he achieve this?

    Of the supernatural phenomenon evident in Macbeth the witches are perhaps the most important. The witches in the story are like prophets, foretelling Macbeth's future, or perhaps they can be considered harbingers of doom. They seem to enjoy playing with Macbeth's mind. The witches represent Macbeth's evil ambitions. They are the catalysts which unleash Macbeth's evil aspirations. He wants to know the answers to his questions regardless of whether the consequence is violent and destructive to nature. Perhaps the most intimidating aspect of the witches' characters is the alarming fashion in which they chant in: "Thrice to thine, and thrice to mine/ And thrice again to make up nine."

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  23. How does Shakespeare Make Act 1 Scene 5 in Macbeth more dramatic for the audience?

    Lady Macbeth then shows that she doubts Macbeth's nature and doesn't think that he has what it takes to gain the kingship. "It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way". This creates tension and excitement for the audience upon seeing a hint of Lady Macbeth's evil characteristics. Lady Macbeth shows her complete faith in the witches and the supernatural. "And shalt be what thou art promised" Lady Macbeth is plotting and identifying Macbeths weaknesses before she is interrupted by the attendant who tells her that the king is coming "the king comes here tonight".

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  24. How does Shakespeare present the changes in Lady Macbeth(TM)s character during the course of the play?

    This is where Lady Macbeth first get's the idea of her plan. When Macbeth returns back to the castle he is immediately approached by Lady Macbeth who takes him to one side and discusses her evil plan. At the start of the play we see Lady Macbeth as a manipulative character, she uses the comment "act like the flower, but be the serpent underneath" This quote sums up what she is like at the start off the play, she is basically telling Macbeth to act like a flower which indicates purity and goodness, but be a serpent (snake)

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  25. Free essay

    how does shakespeare present the witches in Macbeth and to what extent do they influence events?

    They can control the weather but only use it for bad 'in thunder lightening or in rain?' Also, they kill livestock as if it was a hobby and they do not really care. They do nothing good for Macbeth's life and know what they are doing from the start. Without the witches in the play, there would not be a story as they are behind all of the trouble. They influence Macbeth to be exceedingly power hungry and arrogant but one thing they cannot do it control people, they never actually control or give orders to Macbeth, they just 'guide' him.

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