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  1. What Ways is Macbeth Dramatic?

    Why they are there is not really known. The battlefield they are at is full of "thunder and lightning". This starts to create a sense of drama. The fact that they are at a battlefield just after a battle gives you a sense of evil from the witches. You start to ask yourself what are they up to or what are they going to do? In terms of what they are saying we still can't get a clear message across from them because they seem to talk in riddles. "Fair is foul, and foul is fair". By saying this they are really starting to trigger questions.

    • Word count: 781
  2. Lady Macbeth is behind the killing of Duncan

    However, when the witches told him the prophecy, those aspirations were rekindled and he genuinely believed them. As soon as he became Thane of Cawdor, just as the witches had told him, he was sure that he would become king as well. Also, witches were a very real thing when Shakespeare wrote the play so I imagine the crowd would have believed in the witches and what they said, just as much as Macbeth did. Macbeth has a dark side to his nature and always wanted to be king.

    • Word count: 505
  3. Macbeth Critical Essay

    She convinces Macbeth to kill King Duncan and puts it to the back of her mind, or so we think. Towards the end of the play, she begins to go slightly insane and can see a spot of blood on her hand. However, there is no spot of blood at all, it is in her mind and this insanity leads to her committing suicide. Lady Macbeth has many strong character traits. One of which being ambitious for Macbeth. She wanted him to be the best and wanted the best for him.

    • Word count: 764
  4. Macbeth

    After returning he is given praise and is celebrated by the king and his friends. "Hail, most worthy thane! For it is thine" Macbeth is awarded this title for his bravery and success in battle. However when Macbeth meets the witches he begins to show his ambitious side. "Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more". He is curious because the witches' prophesised that he is to become the Thane of Cawdor, but he knows that the Thane of Cawdor lives so is eager to find out more. Macbeth and his wife have always had a close bond.

    • Word count: 812
  5. Compare and Contrast: Macbeth & Lady Macbeth

    This tendency to being easily convinced and manipulated shows that Macbeth is weak and has little ambition in the beginning of the play. Lady Macbeth on the other hand is strong and very ambitious toward the beginning of the play. From the start she has control of Macbeth. When she read the letter about the prophecies and how Macbeth is coming home soon she immediately starts devising plans to kill Duncan. She isn't satisfied with Macbeth's newly acquired title of Thane of Cawdor.

    • Word count: 895
  6. Macbeth's Character Change

    The Three Weird Sisters made a great impact on Macbeth's character in Act 1. From Act 1 Scene 1 Line 11, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" gives us an idea that the rest of the Acts in the play are going to be foul as the witch's predictions of Macbeth's future are accurate. They predict that many things that seem pleasant may happen, but as from the quote, it can be assumed that the fair things may turn out to be foul. At the start of Act 1 Scene 2 Lines 20, 24 and 25, the Sergeant recalled that brave Macbeth "smoked with bloody execution", as he faced the traitor and "unseamed him from the nave to the chops, And fixed his head upon our battlements".

    • Word count: 707
  7. Compare and Contrast the Characters of Macbeth and Banquo

    The Witches have sown the seeds of ambition in Macbeth and throughout the play he continues with this self-fulfilling prophecy and does all he can to become King. Banquo however, is not concerned by the witches' prophecies and seems not to believe in them. When Duncan proclaims Macbeth to be Thane of Cawdor, although surprised he is also very pleased with himself and his ambitions begin to take a firmer hold. Banquo however, is not impressed by the predictions and thinks more deeply about the consequences and that bag things may happen as a result.

    • Word count: 935
  8. How is Lady Macbeth an important and memorable character in Macbeth?

    Lady Macbeth represents evil at the start of the play, this is highlighted when she says, "Fill me...topfull of direst cruelty" and "pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell." She also would have scared the audience at the time because she and the witches were controlling a powerful man. She also comes across as wanting to be more masculine when she says, "unsex me here" and "come to my woman's breasts and take my milk for gall (bile)." She also repeats the word "come" as if she is summoning evil spirits in her speech in act 1 scene 5 such as when she remarks, "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts."

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  9. How does Shakespeare show the development of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth(TM)s characters in the second half of the play?

    Shakespeare shows the developments in many ways involving emotion, character, appearance and the way they communicate to others. Early in the play, Macbeth is described as: "brave Macbeth" This is a positive remark about him and is the first time we see his character described, so we know he is brave in Act1 Scene2. When the witches make their predictions, Banquo asks Macbeth why he fears the thought of becoming king: "Good sir, why do you start and seem to fear Things that sound so fair?"

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  10. The Impact and Explanation of Act II Scene 2 in Macbeth

    Act II scene 2 involves Macbeth (the murderer) and Lady Macbeth (his wife and co-conspirator) conversing amongst themselves with no other characters onstage. The scene takes place straight after regicide is committed, which is between scenes 1 and 2 of Act II. Shakespeare develops the emotions of fear and guilt in the characters Lady Macbeth and Macbeth to great poetical and plot developing use. For example the poetic effect in, "Shall it be cried 'Sleep no more!'". This language opens up the characters and their personalities to be malleable throughout the remainder of the play.

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  11. Macbeth

    This influenced Shakespeare to write 'Macbeth' which is about greed, power, betrayal, bloodshed and horror. At the plays onset, the stage directions are used to create an ominous and foreboding atmosphere before the dialogue even starts. The "thunder and lightning" is symbolic of the fear and misery that will permeate the play. Witches were believed to have the power to cause storms. Also the stage direction says it is set in a "battlefield", this brings to mind images of death, battle and bloodshed and foreshadows the events of the future. The witches form a backdrop to the play by setting the tone for a tense atmosphere. They start doing this by using short, rhythmic sentences.

    • Word count: 796
  12. Macbeth

    He totally lost himself, at the moment he got the wealth and the power as a king. People used to describe him as a noble man, Thane of Cawdor, but that was before he became King and that was before he ordered to kill innocent people. People thought he was a good man, innocent and had nothing to do with the death of Duncan. But he is out of his mind. He was so weak and he couldn't stop himself from doing evil things that he shouldn't have done.

    • Word count: 905
  13. The symbol of blood in Macbeth

    This is symbolic of the brave fighter who been injured in a valiant battle for his country. In the next passage, in which the sergeant says "Which smok'd with bloody execution", he is referring to Macbeth's braveness in which his sword is covered in the hot blood of the enemy. After these few references to honour, the symbol of blood now changes to show a theme of treachery and treason. Lady Macbeth starts this off when she asks the spirits to "make thick my blood,".

    • Word count: 885
  14. Macbeth

    There beliefs led to a law making murder by witchcraft punishable by death and eventually another was passed to make the penalty for practicing witchcraft death. The king at the time, James the 1st, became personally involved in witchcraft when he and his wife, Anne, were almost shipwrecked on their return trip to Scotland from Denmark in 1590. In a notable case a Dr Fian and the 'witches of Berwick' were found guilty of trying to kill them by raising storms at sea.

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  15. Discuss Shakespears use of language in 'Macbeth'

    In 1590 it was alleged that a group of witches had tried to kill him. Their plot was discovered and they were brought to trial in North Berwick. Fired by his experience he personally investigated other witchcraft cases and in 1597 he published 'Demonology' a book on witchcraft. When he became the King of England in 1603 he ordered immediate printing in London. Nearly everyone at that time believed literally in Heaven and Hell, and lived in fear of eternal damnation, a consequence of witchcraft. The signs of witchcraft are inability to pray-'Amen'-stuck in my throat' (Act 2 scene 2)

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  16. A basically good and brave man destroyed by circumstances beyond his control(TM). Do you agree with this assessment of Macbeth?

    He is described to be 'worthy' of the name 'brave Macbeth' by the dying captain. He was brave and he killed for the right reasons. He was a brave, good and noble man at the start of the play. But situations changed. He met the witches. Through deception the witches, excite his hopes and hidden desires. They arouse Macbeth's curiosity, gaining his confidence by knowing his name without any prior mention of it. The witches are responsible for planting the idea that he could be king into his head.

    • Word count: 839
  17. Macbeth Essay

    Shocked, yet blissful, Macbeth's ambition starts to appear. Hearing of such news, Lady Macbeth encourages Macbeth to go about and kill the King. This shows that her ambition is far greater than her husband, since she initially took the extreme measure. Even though guilt surrounded Macbeth's heart, his wife's words and ambition drove him to commit such sin. He says that only ambition drives him to do such thing.In Act I, scene ii, Macbeth says, I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which Orleans itself And fall on th'other.

    • Word count: 818
  18. How does the soliloquy illustrate Macbeth's personal conflict?

    Macbeth's mind was in a state of confusion of whether to murder the king and speaks his soliloquy. The soliloquy illustrates Macbeth's personal conflict by showing his fear of consequences for killing the king. This can be seen from "jump the life to come". This shows that he knows that killing the king is a terrible crime and he will suffer eternal damnation as his punishment. His thoughts revolving around the consequences of committing the murder is also portrayed through "still have judgement here" and "even-handed justice". He is strongly conscious of the gravity of the act of regicide and is concerned that someone will exact that "even-handed justice" upon him.

    • Word count: 540
  19. Lady Macbeth

    (Act.1 Sc.5) This is an interesting quote due to the use of the inversions, "from the crown to the toe top-full," and "make thick my blood," which work extremely well as they seem to make what she is saying quite unbelievable. When she says, "direst cruelty," it makes cruelty seem even worse than it is. Macbeth returns as she is saying this and discuss what is to be done. Lady Macbeth practically plans the whole murder, and this is apart of her darker half, but when the time to kill comes round she backs out: Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't.

    • Word count: 770
  20. Macbeth

    She insists that the deed must be done, that she will personally organise the operation, and finally that failure to accomplish this act would be a form of fear. She overwhelms Macbeth when he says, "my dearest love, king Duncan comes tonight". She replies, "O never shall sun that morrow see". Macbeth debates whether he should kill Duncan. The biggest problem as he sees it, is that murdering his own guest would return to plague him. He knows that Duncan has been a good king, and heaven itself will expose the wickedness of Macbeth.

    • Word count: 903
  21. Macbeth - The Supernatural

    People believed ion a metaphysical world, which is a spiritual world. The reason they were frightened was they believed evil, as well as good, was all around. An evil spirit could affect your body or your mind/spirit as they were different things and a person would have no control over himself or herself if an evil spirit took over. An example, of what they believed when spirits took over, is how healthy they were. If they were well they believed good spirits ruled over and if they were ill the evil spirits ruled.

    • Word count: 859
  22. Explore the role of the supernatural in Macbeth

    In England at the time only God had the power to choose the king, only the true descendents could have the crown. In act 1 scene 2 Macbeth has an hallucination in which a dagger appears " is this a dagger which I see before me?" He uses the dagger as a proof that the Witches prediction was correct, but he knows that the hallucination is not real " I have thee not", "yet I see thee still". Macbeth is a weak, fragile, passive character and he always tries to find excuses, like the dagger hallucination, to fulfill his dreams.

    • Word count: 794
  23. Who is the most evil character in the play Macbeth?

    The witches also known as the "weird sisters" are one of the most evil characters in Macbeth. In part, the mischief they cause comes from their supernatural powers, but mainly it is the result of their understanding of the weaknesses of their victims. They play upon Macbeth's ambition like puppeteers. The witches' beards, bizarre potions, and rhymed speech make them seem slightly strange and supernatural. Shakespeare has them speak in rhyming couplets throughout, which separates them from the other characters, who mostly speak in blank verse.

    • Word count: 671
  24. Macbeth Coursework

    He is thinking of it, but isn't convinced yet that he will commit the crime. Most importantly he's scared of what is going through his mind, and so at this point in the play, Macbeth retains moral dignity, which will soon dissipate and become greed. "Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair". We can already see that his thoughts are perceived as supernatural, he doesn't know what to make of his imaginings and feels that he is not human, "shakes so my single stare of man is smothered". In Act 1 Scene 7 , Macbeth is reasoning with himself, starts of the soliloquy by saying that if he knew that all was going to go well, he would kill Duncan without hesitation.

    • Word count: 792
  25. What is the significance of Macbeth’s “Is this the dagger? Soliloquy.

    "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare is a cogently tragic and heavily contradictable play which describes a noble warrior who, through manipulation, prophecies, dangerous ambitions, over-confidence and greed, degenerates himself into a "bloody tyrant". The scene conveys the first major change in Macbeth's character. Sinister thought's such as "it is bloody business which informs me" foreshadows the actions of Macbeth, which is the murder on Duncan for the rein of King. Hallucinations, "Is this a dagger which I see before me, Come let me clutch thee", suggests Macbeth's insecurity and hesitation, still staying loyal to the King.

    • Word count: 652

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