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  1. analising key themes of Macbeth

    sets the imagery of blood in motion throughout the play and is a literal image of a dead soldier. Later, after King Duncan's murder, Macbeth explains to Malcolm about the death of his father with the metaphorical phrase, "The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood is stopped: the very source of it is stopped." This is used to portray blood as a symbol of relation. Later, Macbeth uses the more revealing image: "I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er." This image of blood is used in an emotionally metaphorical way of saying that he has done something that is eating away at him so badly that stopping would be the worst thing to do.

    • Word count: 713
  2. How important is the influence of lady Macbeth on her husband in Shakespeare's Macbeth

    committing the crime of regicide of King Duncan when Lady Macbeth says 'When you durst do it then you were a man' (line 48) and another example is 'live a coward in thine own esteem' (line 43, both act 1 scene 7). Directly after the murder Macbeth still relies on his wife because he was very reluctant to kill Duncan. He is feeling very guilty and a bit disorientated, where as she is not and this gives him reassurance, for example she says 'my hands are of your colour, but I shame to wear a heart so white' (line 67, act 2, scene 2)

    • Word count: 848
  3. How Does Act 1 Scene 3 of Macbeth Relate to the Rest of the Play?

    Ultimately when his murderous past is discovered, he dies as violently as he had lived. In act 1, scene 2, Shakespeare represent Macbeth as a good fighter a brave, strong soldier. He was compared to the lion. Macbeth is a powerful and loyal man, however as the story progresses he displays his mental weakness especially as Lady Macbeth can easily influence him. I would call him a greedy person, because he always wants more and more and will do anything to satisfy his ambitious nature.

    • Word count: 948
  4. Macbeth english courswork

    This quote represents the witches, and there are several references to that quote through out the play. Notice the use of rhyming couplets at the end of a scene. After the Battle, a captain delivers a report to King Duncan, in which he tells the king of Macbeth' s triumphs against the Scottish rebels and the Norwegians. The story of Macbeth's Courage and nobleness is all the more believable because it came from a Captain who witnessed it, so it makes it more believable coming from a person of authority. Whilst Macbeth and Banquo journey to Dunsinane, they encounter the three witches, where they speak to Macbeth, and prognosticate his future, addressing him with the title of "Thane of Cawdor".

    • Word count: 821
  5. The relationship between lady macbeth and macbeth in act 1

    The significance of this is that only Macbeth and the audience know Macbeths true thoughts and feelings about the deed which he and Lady Macbeth are planning to commit. During the soliloquy Macbeth seems to have a split personality. One side of him is bent on killing the king; the other side is arguing against killing Duncan. He is extremely worried about the consequence and says, "The bloody . . . return to plague the inventor". He seems to believe that killing would be putting .

    • Word count: 779
  6. Banquo and Macbeth

    "Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared." Macbeth could be afraid of Banquo because he has suspected that he murdered Duncan and that this may have sparked Macbeth's idea to kill Banquo. Macbeth seems to also fear what the witches predicted for Banquo that his children would be kings; this could be the witches' influencing Macbeth and making him afraid of Banquo.

    • Word count: 484
  7. analysis of Light vs. Darkness in Act 1 of Macbeth

    Furthermore, the witches present immediately the two parts of the world; the good side with the heaven and the bad side with the hell. Therefore, Shakespeare uses light's effect, between the dark night and the lightning, to emphasis the contrasting image of light vs. darkness, which symbolizes the contrast of good vs. evil. Darkness appears as a metaphor for evil. For instance, in the quote "And oftentimes, to win us to our harm/ The instrument of darkness tell us truths", Banquo tries to prevent Macbeth form the devilish intentions of the witches.

    • Word count: 726
  8. At the end of the play, Malcolm labels Macbeth and his wife as a dead butcher and his fiend like wife. How far do you think this reflects the couple?

    They tell him that he will be alright as long as the woods do not move. They tell him to beware of Macduff and they tell him that no man born of woman shall harm Macbeth. Macbeth orders the murder of Lady Macduff and her family as he is afraid of Macduff. Malcolm and Macduff then decide to overthrow Macbeth. Lady Macbeth appears insane and a doctor tends to her. Macbeth seems a little concerned but not greatly so. Lady Macbeth then commits suicide. Malcolm and Macduff's men are in disguise, dressed as the woods as they appear to be moving, as predicted by the witches.

    • Word count: 849
  9. Lady Macbeth is a fiend like queen.

    She goes on to wonder if Macbeth is "too full o' th' milk of humane kindness". This shows that she is not convinced that Macbeth would be capable of being as vindictive as she would like him to be, and is determined to change Macbeth's state of mind. When Macbeth enters act 1 scene 5, he talks to his wife. Lady Macbeth concisely tells him of her plan, warning him that to "beguile the time" he has to "look like the time". She is determined to appear strong towards Macbeth. In Act 1 scene 7, Lady Macbeth uses her dominance to persuade Macbeth not to back down on the plan.

    • Word count: 995
  10. How do the writers show a lash of cultures in Dead Man's Path and Train from Rhodesia

    Whereas the villagers try to compromise and they are more understanding. This is shown when the village chief says "what you say may be true, but we follow the practices of our fathers". The writer shows a clash of cultures because there is a young, modern and sophisticated headmaster who disregards traditional beliefs and there are traditional villagers who rely on the path for religious customs. When a woman dies in child birth, the villagers believe the spirits are angry. This is shown when it says "heavy sacrifices were prescribed to propitiate ancestors insulted by the fence". They blame the headmaster for closing the path, so they vandalise the school compound.

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  11. Shakes spear uses the metaphor of diseases to describe the effect Macbeth has on Scotland how far is Mcduff the antidote.

    Lady Macbeth has became mad and this follows Macbeths latest outrage; the killing of Macduffs wife and children. Lady Macbeth early in the play considered that although Macbeth was ambitious he laked,"the illness should attend it", in there word he was not sufficiently sick in the mind to murder to be the king. However Macbeth was used to killing .He was described as cutting a man open."Unseamed him from the nave to the chops". Macbeth had a history of violence, but when this was used against the king and other nobles its was seen as evil.

    • Word count: 585
  12. MacBeth

    Act II scene ii is a very important scene in this Shakespeare's play as it shows when and how Macbeth gives into evil and murders the king he loves, all for the love of his wife. This scene shows how Macbeth is aware of the consequences of killing Duncan and that thought sticks with him until he does the deed. He is aware that he will be in a constant battle with himself should he kill his dear king but Macbeth feels when he has done the deed of murdering Duncan, that he would be better off forgetting who he is and that he should take on a new identity from then on.

    • Word count: 691
  13. Banquet Madness

    However it still seems unclear as to what has caused the King to have such a sudden mental lapse. Several of the guests have told us that the king had shouted at this invisible figure "What man dare, I dare. Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear", when there was very clearly nothing on the seat. It seemed like he was seeing some sort of ghost. None of the guests could see anything on the seat. Lady Macbeth then went on to explain that the King has often been like this even from his youth and not to worry about Macbeth's very sudden reaction.

    • Word count: 504
  14. Evaluation on a Personal Performance

    On the fifth time of saying it all of the characters changed their facial expressions at the same time. Macbeth begins to look worried and anxious, Lady Macbeth looks angry, the guard is suddenly asleep lying on the ground and the King's facial expressions suggest that he pondering about something. Once everyone finished holding their freezes for 10 seconds, each character revealed their inner thoughts. Macbeth revealed his first. He talked about how confused he was and that he could go one of two ways - kill the king and become king himself or decide not to kill the king himself and living the way he was.

    • Word count: 946
  15. Macbeth

    The writer is using imagery to make picture ourselves on the battlefield. In Act 1 Scene 1, from the Roman Polanski film there is no reference of Macbeth on the battlefield. So there is a similarity between the play and the film. So the director of the film doesn't want the people watching the film that Macbeth is a cold-blooded killer. He wants to reveal the killing theme later in the film, this is because the film needs suspense created to make the viewer to watch the film to the end, and if every thing was revealed at starting of the play there really wouldn't be decent plot.

    • Word count: 984
  16. Macbeth Essay

    The starting point of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's actions was the prediction that was made by the three witches. As a result, a seed was planted into their minds, they expected the prophecy to come true by itself. When they found out that King Duncan had decided to make his eldest son Malcolm as his successor, this created a big obstruction and they felt they needed to get into action and fulfill the prophecy. "The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'er-leap, For in my way it lies.

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  17. Lady Macbeth is the real driving force behind the murder of Duncan. Discuss this statement and decide whether or not you agree.

    Maybe not that the witches would talk to Macbeth but that Macbeth would heed her constant badgering2. She even goes as far as to insult his masculinity, an act surely designed to solicit the required response.3 This kind of insult would give maximum offence to a man like Macbeth. He has proven he is a brave and heroic soldier who can take life when he needs to so, a coward he is not. He is also Thane of both Cawdor and Glamis, a rank which ensures the respect of others. I think she also uses Macbeth's adoration of her to convince him.

    • Word count: 735
  18. 'Macbeth and Banquo have opposite characters from your reading of Macbeth how far do you agree with this view?

    I think that witches say that because they already know about Duncan's decision. Macbeth still does not know about it and he is very confused, because the Thane of Cawdor is still alive. Witches also predict that Banquo's children will be kings. Macbeth becomes very interested in what witches have said to him, but Banquo is cautious about it, it seems very strange for him. 'But it is strange, and often times, to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truth.' He is asking Macbeth not to believe in every word that witches said, as they have an evil power, and if you listen to them that might lead you into evil.

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  19. Macbeth script writing

    So turbulent the night's events 'Tis a puzzle that makes no sense. So troubled and disturbed His Majesty Madness? It could be. Enter Second Servant A disturbing night Thou agree? Ay' His Majesty must be ill To speak such of such madness Frightening the Devil himself As if he saw a ghost! Perhaps he did For did thou not see his face? Petrified, he was. Spirits haunting good Macbeth? Loyal servant to the late Duncan Honorable man, respected man. No horror has he done to be cursed With sights that a good man Would not see.

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  20. "In this play evil is larger, more fascinating, and more effective than the pallid representations of good." Discuss this view of Macbeth.

    However, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth die at the end of the play which could be seen as good winning out. Although the main cause of the evil, the Witches, did not get their comeuppance. Macbeth does not realise until it is too late that the Witches were to blame and that he should not have listened to them as he says, "And be these juggling fiends no more believed, That palter with us in a double sense; That keep the word of promise to our ear, And break it to our hope."

    • Word count: 944
  21. Macbeth- Tragic flaw

    Macbeth's ambition grows as the play continues. In Act III scene i Macbeth demonstrates how his ambition and his hunger for power have grown. He is dissatisfied with the Crown being passed on to either Banquo or Fleance, and thus orders their death, because he is not satisfied with only being king. The most defining and brutal moment in which Macbeth's ambitions have completely taken control is in Act IV scene iii. Macbeth has decided he will act on his instincts and orders to have the entire Macduff family slaughtered.

    • Word count: 890
  22. The Conscience of Macbeth

    Macbeth, above all recognizes that his actions will have consequences. He believes that "[...] if the assassination / Could trammel up the consequence, and catch / With his surcease success; that but this blow / Might be the be-all and the end-all here" (1.7.3-5). Macbeth knows that once he commits this murder, it will always be with him and that more evil will come from it than good. A man with no moral conscience would never spend time considering the aftermath of his action, and especially how it would affect him after death.

    • Word count: 871
  23. To what extent is Macbeth to blame for his own downfall?

    that the witches have immense power and Macbeth has no control on whether he meets them or not as his fate has already been written for him to meet witches on the heath. In Scene two Macbeth is referred to as "Bellona's bridegroom" this means he looked like the husband of the roman goddess of war in battle implying that he was a ferocious warrior. Also "brave" Macbeth is said to have performed "bloody execution" and he "unseam'd" people from their "ave" to "th'chaps" showing that Macbeth dominated the battle field as a great courageous warrior.

    • Word count: 881
  24. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It has been constantly debated as to who among the two of them has a stronger character. In my opinion Macbeth has a stronger character

    In other words they are able to use their commanding personality to create trust and make people believe them. Lastly, they are both very loyal and charming hosts. They both impress their guests very well and are able to gather lots of praises and applaud for them no matter where they go. Lady Macbeth on the other hand has a few strong characteristics as well. She is able to manipulate Macbeths mind into doing her will easily. Next, she is very ambitions which makes her very determined to get whatever she wants. But all these so called strong characteristics in Lady Macbeth are more towards the negative side.

    • Word count: 850
  25. Show how the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changes and deteriorates in the play Macbeth.

    We find out that because of his success in battle he is going to be awarded the title 'thane of Cawdor' In act one, scene three Banquo and Macbeth meet the witches. They are returning from battle and so haven't heard of Macbeth's good fortune. The witches hail Macbeth with three prophecies. They call him thane of Glamis, which he already knows he is, then thane of Cawdor and King thereafter. They also tell Banquo that his children will be kings.

    • Word count: 953

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