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  1. I will construct an analysis of the two main female characters in Macbeth by William Shakespeare and The Laboratory by Robert Browning.

    Lady Macbeth ? palpably the dominant character in this scene insinuates him as a coward by ridiculing his masculinity and declares that she would also have murdered her own child while it was feeding at her breast as she would not break such a promise as Macbeth had done so. So, I have used this quote below to support this section of the paragraph: ?I have given suck and know how tender 'Tis to love the babe that milks me; I would, while

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  2. How does the character of Macbeth change from Act 1:3 to act 3:1?

    At the beginning of the play, it is obvious Macbeth is quite noble and is respected. Soon after he sees the witches, Macbeth feels quite ambitious and happy that the apparition says he will be King, but he is hiding some things. We can tell that Macbeth is starting to become a bit worried about the three witches apparitions, as in act 2:1 it is clear he is thinking about them. Banquo tells Macbeth about a nightmare he had about the three witches (? I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters?)

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  3. The letter, read alone by Lady Macbeth, reiterates the witches prophecy of Act 1.

    But immediately her thoughts turn to possibly failings in her husband. He is ?too full of the milk of human kindness? to commit murder; he would be great, he would have a high position, he would wrongly win that position, but in case, some other, aspects of his character would not. In this case, she says there is only one solution. She must ?pour (her) spirits in thine ear?. The scene is rapidly becoming darker. Lady Macbeth is one of the most powerful female characters of literature.

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  4. Discuss the role of the supernatural in determining the fate of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

    It infers a sense of foreboding. Upon their arrival in the scenes, Shakespeare creates an atmosphere of evil presence by stormy weather and unpleasant locations to develop a sense of impending doom. It is also an indication of the evil which would surround the plot of the story.The rising action of the play where the Three Witches prophesize with the following lines ? ?All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! / All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!? These lines startle Macbeth because among the three things they say only one of them is true.

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  5. Compare and contrast the presentation of ambition in Steinbecks Of Mice and Men and Shakespeares Macbeth

    The ambition is simple and is born as a result of the hardship that they have endured. So in Of Mice and Men ambition is more personal to Lennie and George because it is something which originates from the hardships they have experienced, rather than the ambition in Macbeth which nothing has provoked but his mind has desired. The effects of ambition can be split up into two categories- the effects of ambition on the protagonists and the effects of ambition on the supporting characters.

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  6. Are Women Portrayed as Evil in " Macbeth"?

    At their meeting the witches tempt Macbeth by telling him he will be the king and thane of Cawdor. The witches then go on to tell Banquo the fate of his children as ?he will be the father of many kings?. After the meeting Macbeth and Banquo doubt the occurrence but increasingly become suspicious as Ross then refers to Macbeth as the thane of Cawdor. The prophecy then immediately drove Macbeth to think of murder; thoughts that were previously inexistent.

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  7. The Witches' Prophecies in "Macbeth".

    The three sisters begin their prophecies by predicting that Macbeth will become 'Thane of Cowdor!'. Macbeth cannot understand the fact that these Witches are telling him he is to become a higher rank. As well as this, the 'Thane of Cowdor' is still alive which makes him unconvinced. Afterwards, the Witches predict another prophecy, 'That shalt be King hereafter!'. An ambitious person such as Macbeth will be delighted and tempted at the fact that he may be King. The Witches have planted their seeds in Macbeth's mind to try and play with his weakness, ambition against his nature, to commit the 'foul' deed.

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  8. Contrasting Macbeth and Banquo

    The witches had proposed to him that his generation would inherit the King of Scotland?s throne. Banquo seems to take the message as a joke had continues to stay loyal. However, Macbeth has a different approach toward King Duncan. ?The service and the loyalty I owe, in doing it, pays itself. Your highness? part is to receive our duties, and our duties Are to your throne and state, children and servants, Which do but what they should, by doing everything Safe toward your love and honor.?(Shakespeare 1.4.25-30).

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  9. Act 2 Scene by scene notes.

    The image dagger is exactly like the real one. He then sees blood on the image dagger. He noticed that he is wasting time with his conscienceand Macbeth cannot go back. King = closest to God so if you kill the King you will surely go to Hell. The bell = sign of Duncan`s death. (funeral bell) Scene 2 We do not see Duncan`s murder but we are left to imagine it. Owl screeching = the time Duncan is dead. Lady Macbeth is drinking alcohol to calm herself down and moves away from guilt.

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  10. Macbeth Act 3 Scene 4-Patrick Stewart version

    It is a basically a propaganda poster and resembles almost a Stalin poster. It represents tyranny and for me I more sinister side of Macbeth that I haven?t explored too much. When the scene looks at the guests, they all look very frightened of Macbeth, not daring to do any action that he might disapprove of. One example of this is when one of the guests, starts drinking a little earlier than everyone else, Macbeth mocks him.

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  11. Speech - who is responsible for Macbeth's downfall?

    This adds mystery to the three witches, which catches Macbeths? and Banquo?s attention. People of the time of Macbeth were very superstitious, so he was more likely to believe in them than we would today. When Macbeth finds out he has become the thane of Cawdor, he is persuaded it his destiny to become king, therefore it can be argued that the witches were the driving force behind the death of Duncan. They also reinforce their predictions by saying that banquo?s children will be kings. This later leads to Macbeth becoming paranoid and feeling threatened.

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  12. Explore the way Shakespeare present the supernatural in Act 1 of Macbeth

    expresses the theme of the play,?nothing is not what is seems ?and by showing this to the audience it appears that the quote contradict itself but it is actually expresses the truth, the audience get a taste of what they are about to see happening in the play very soon. The use of the word ?foul? creates a negative image suggesting something horrible is going to happen in the near or distance future. At this point Macbeth does not know about the witches but due to the use of paradox we can see the theme appearing, presenting us the audience with suspense making us feel something bad is going to happen.

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  13. King James Significance in Shakespeare's Macbeth

    growing to be a power in Europe, so James had to keep this Era continuing or there would be wide spread protests, this era under James, the "Golden Age" of Elizabethan literature and drama continued, with writers such as William Shakespeare, John Donne, Ben Jonson, and Sir Francis Bacon contributing to a flourishing literary culture, King James did not only live up to Queen Elizabeth?s standards but also started the first Colonization?s of America and established England?s first colony in 1607 named after him, Jamestown, this was the foundation stone of the British Empire that was to grow to be a superpower in less than 100 years.

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  14. Eulogy for King Duncan

    Duncan and I, Suthen got married in 1030 and he served as King of Scotland in 1034. Those 10 years were not all that happy. What we had was not a perfect marriage but as people say? Mark and I were perfect for each other and we were. With our union, we gave life to two beautiful children. Duncan was a disciplinarian and he ruled and took charge of his family in the same manner. He was strict but not stiff and he loved our kids so much. Mark had lots to say for just about anything. Anyone who ever had the chance to talk to him would say, he indeed had lots of things in his mind.

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  15. Macbeth as a victim,

    This presents to the reader, the devious and cunning nature of Lady Macbeth who victimizes Macbeth as she knows that he ?wouldst be great, art not without ambition? hence being the mastermind of their murder of King Duncan. She also skillfully pushes Macbeth to murder Duncan by mocking him, ?was the hope drunk; Wherein you dressed yourself?? Lady Macbeth also uses their love for each other as a weakness to convince Macbeth to kill Duncan.

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  16. Macbeth - Excessive Ambition Leads to Downfall

    Macbeth, himself, is one of these people ? this is shown when he is willing to kill King Duncan after the Witches tell him that he shall become king after Duncan dies. Macbeth's want for power overbears his will to stay good, and we see this from the dialogue he uses when he is fighting with himself over whether or not to kill the king. "I have no spur/To prick the sides of my intent, but only/Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,/And falls on th' other" We later see that this statement he uses is true, and that Macbeth's ambition for power makes him corrupt and does indeed bring about his own downfall.

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  17. Relevance of Macbeth Today

    This states Shakespeare?s belief in human responsibility to our action. So the witches in fact perceived a latent evil in the form of ambition. Externalism of that time and also now is still an excessive concern with outer circumstances or appearances. The play demonstrates the destructive power of ruthless ambition. It drives Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to commit unspeakable acts. It causes turmoil and revolution in Scotland. The play suggests that while ambition itself is not bad, when it overrides other considerations it is dangerous.

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  18. Macbeth Theme of Ambition Essay

    Firstly, the most important theme of Macbeth is ambition. Having ambition is life is great, but having too much can be dangerous. Ambition has some serious consequences in the play; Macbeth is slain as a tyrant and his wife, Lady Macbeth commits suicide. Shakespeare does not give either character happiness of what they had achieved of getting the throne. This might suggest that you have to achieve your goals fairly to be satisfied with your efforts than to attain them through dishonesty and corruption.

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