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  1. How far can Shakespeare's presentation of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth be seen as typical of their gender?

    Religion although not being mentioned much in 'Macbeth', the play still relates to evil and spirits which Lady Macbeth also relates to within the play. During this period of time women would be persecuted for this so in a way she goes against all aspects of the typical women. Within the time it was written James I believed of 'the divine rights of kings', this basically states how that of the Gods appoints kings, being in a time of great religion many men would have also thought this.

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  2. Discuss the significance of this quote in relation to the character of Lady Macbeth and her role in the Shakespeare's play Macbeth.

    Nor time nor place Did then adhere, and yet you would make both: They have made themselves, and that their fitness now Does unmake you. I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this." (Act I, Scene VII) Lady Macbeth's conscience gradually develops a cloud of guilt, which grows more menacing with the deeds she aids her husband in committing.

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  3. Was Lady Macbeth a fiend like Queen?

    Fear of witchcraft and supernatural were very big especially in Scotland, which as I said is where Macbeth is set, this could be why Malcolm calls Lady Macbeth a fiend. Throughout the original play Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are disrupting the natural order of events, for example when they kill the King and Macbeth takes his place in it seen to be wrong to displace what was seen as the path made by God. This disrupting of order could be why Lady Macbeth eventually breaks down in this particular scene as she is being punished by God for the evil that she has committed.

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  4. How has Macbeth changed over the course of the play? What influences have effected these changes?

    'Stay you imperfect speakers tell me more' Macbeth is told by the second witch that he shall be the thane of Cawder. 'All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawder' After which the third witch tells him that he would be the King of Scotland. 'All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, that shalt be king hereafter' Macbeth is shocked and does not know whether the witches are lying or telling the truth. Macbeth is confused and does not believe the witches completely.

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  5. 'What Is the Significance of the Banquet Scene?'

    This is also the last scene in which we see Lady Macbeth before she starts sleepwalking and reliving the night She And Macbeth killed Duncan. In this scene she plays the elegant hostess conscious of the pomp and ceremony of the occasion. She becomes embarrassed when Macbeth Goes into his fit WHILE reassuring the guests "feed and regard him not".

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  6. What is Macbeth a Hero or a Villain?

    The first murder that Macbeth commits is that of King Duncan. His murder was inspired from the witches who are referred to as the "weird sisters" by many other of the characters. There mischief's come up from their supernatural powers, but it mainly seems the result of their understanding of the weaknesses of their specific interlocutors, which they mainly play upon Macbeth. The first time When Macbeth interacts with the witches is when was riding back, being accompanied by Banquo.

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  7. What do we learn about Lady Macbeth's personality in Act 1 Scene 5?

    look like th'innocent flower' meaning that he should stay innocent until he commits the immoral act to make him become king. Throughout the scene she keeps referring to the fact that Macbeth is too fearful to perform the crime. '...thou dost fear to do,' the murder is what Lady Macbeth is saying. She is not confident that Macbeth can kill the King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is taken aback by the news that Duncan is coming. She has no time to prepare.

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  8. Macbeth’s sins.

    Was what constantly ran through Macbeth's head. Macbeth was really appointed to be Thane of Cawdor, Because of his brave conduct during the war. So the first prediction of the witches really came true, Macbeth thought: 'Maybe the other ones will too..' When Lady Macbeth heard about all this, She thought of all the things she would miss, And all the things she would not have seen, If she did not take this chance to become queen, Macbeth did not want to think of murdering, Because King Duncan was such a good king, Lady Macbeth was determined to become a

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  9. Shakespeare: Banquo's Letter.

    But then they said "all hail Macbeth, Thane of Cawdor" and "all hail Macbeth, who shalt be king hereafter". This puzzled me because me because Macbeth only had the first title, and he couldn't have any of the others because Duncan and the Thane of Cawdor were still alive. Not long after our meeting with the witches, Rosse and Angus arrived and told us the news. The captain had called Macbeth brave, and said that Macbeth should have that title. Macbeth was to be Thane of Cawdor as the last Thane was trusted by the king, but was executed for he had a traitor's title.

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  10. Macbeth Act 2 scenes 1 and 2.

    The play also compliments King James as in the true story, the character Banquo (James' ancestor) was a traitor who helped Macbeth and in Shakespeare's story, Banquo was cast as a hero who was murdered by Macbeth. In this essay I will attempt to show how I would direct Act 2 scenes 1 and 2 (the ones before and after the murder of King Duncan) as a film. For scene 1 I will begin by describing the surroundings in the scene.

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  11. Lady Macbeth's Letter to Macbeth.

    I still love you and I hate you but I still love you. I'm not sure what I feel right now I am all confused. I hated you when in the feast with all our guests and friends. Your mind pulled tricks on you and you claimed to see your dead friend. I was ashamed and embarrassed. I made excuses to the guest's about your behaviour but they wouldn't accept. You embarrassed me in front of everyone. I had to sort you out. I told you, You have displaced the mirth, broke the good meeting with most admired disorder.

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  12. Commentary Act 3 scene 6 - Macbeth.

    The irony is strengthened by the contrast that Duncun is gracious and Macbeth has killed graciousness. What Lennox is talking on the surface level is heavily contrasted with Macbeth's evil actions. This contrast is done so that on the surface, the meanings seem reasonable but implicitly, they are suspicious. The descriptions are told in a narrative way, in third person, which provides an overview of events, and a sense of examining the current situation from another person. The third person perspective supports for the irony and sarcasm contained in his speech. Up to the point where Lennox says "damned fact", the speech is moved in gentle and calm pace, but Lennox turns to suddenness and rage in the following passage.

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  13. Explore Wycherley's presentation of Lady Fidget as a 17th century woman.

    Lady Fidget as her name suggests is someone who lacks control and is somewhere a busybody. In fact this is exactly what she is, but not how she would want to be perceived by people. She like the rest of the Virtuous Gang is obsessed with the idea of being perceived as virtuous, the words 'honour' and 'virtuous' are forever coming out of her mouth but in actual reality, she is anything but. This is because she desires for her husbands to feel secure in leaving her in the presence of men whom she can have affairs with without her husband becoming jealous.

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  14. The influence of the witches and Lady Macbeth on Macbeth.

    In Act One, when Macbeth is returning home, he and Banquo pass three witches who predict the future. They tell Macbeth that he will become the Thane of Cawdor and then the King. At first Macbeth thinks nothing of the meeting with the witches, and is told by Banquo to ignore the prophecies. However, soon after their meeting Macbeth is crowned the Thane of Cawdor. The witches also prophesize that, "The power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth." At this moment he begins to believe the prophecies that the witches predicted may hold some truth.

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  15. The different dramatic effects in Act 2: Scenes 1+ 2 of Macbeth.

    The main change in tension is that of Macbeth's halfway through 2:1. He hallucinates that a dagger is in front of him. "Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle towards my hand?" Lines 33 + 34. This reflects on his conscience and the terrible deed that he is about to do. Another change in tension is also during the dagger scene. It is where Macbeth sees blood on the dagger. "And on the blade and dudgeon, gouts of blood, which was not so before." Lines 46 + 47.

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  16. Discuss the changes in the balance of power between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the course of the play.

    Your highness' part is to receive our duties,' he is pleased to serve his King, its shows loyalty and respect. Macbeth is told he will become Thane of cawdor and then later King. Macbeth is intrigued by their comments and asks questions. This shows he is inquisitive. The witches use ambiguous language, which does show appearances can be deceptive. Macbeth begins to try and relate to the prophecies and how they may come true. Lady Macbeth comes across as a kind and loving wife at first impression; we soon learn that this is not the case.

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  17. How has Lady Macbeth Changed?

    She insults him and is furious at his decision. She persuades him to commit the murder. This shows that she is an authoritative and manipulative character. "When you durst do it, then you were a man;" Lady Macbeth insults Macbeth's man-hood; this hurts Macbeth because he is a valiant soldier who commits himself to proving his man-hood constantly, especially to his wife for whom he feels so compassionate about. She said this as she knew it would get to Macbeth. I feel that this insult was the most abusive to Macbeth.

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  18. Is Macbeth Evil, Weak or Easily Led?

    Letting I dare not await upon I would. Like the poor cat I'th' adage?". We could say he was weak for a number of reasons, such as that Lady Macbeth pushed him around. Or the fact that he was unable to kill Banquo and his son himself. He got other people to do it for him. And he felt guilty of killing to get what he wanted. However, the conclusion that I have came to be that Macbeth was evil. It all begins when he starts to think to himself in act 1 scene 4 that he wants to kill Duncan.

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  19. What Dramatic Effect Does Shakespeare Aim For In Act II, Scene II and How Does He Achieve It?

    Act II Scene II revolves around the main incident of the killing of King Duncan. This is a very dramatic point of the play for many reasons. Firstly because of 'The Divine Right Of Kings' and that by killing the King, Macbeth was committing an act of blasphemy. Also the psychological effects the event has on all the characters involved. Short sentences are used throughout the Scene to create a feeling of tension and anxiety in the conversational exchanges between characters, e.g. (Lines 23-27) Macbeth : When? Lady Macbeth : Now. Macbeth : As I descended?

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  20. Macbeth Act 2 Scenes 1 & 2.

    > After Banquo, Fleance and the torch-bearer leave, Macbeth dismisses his servant, which leaves him alone and in the dark courtyard. While Macbeth waits for the bell to ring to let him know the time is right for to kill Duncan, in the darkness he starts hallucinating and sees a dagger in front of him for example "Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?" This makes Macbeth uneasy, as he knows he will be using a dagger, like the one he can see, to kill Duncan soon.

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  21. 'Trace the downfall of Macbeth from "worthy gentleman" and "noble Macbeth" to "this dead butcher".'

    The audience's interpretation varies a great deal, following the rise and fall of this hero. Macbeth is certainly a very complex character and there is a great deal more to him than his fellow characters think. This is revealed in Macbeth's soliloquies, where his inner and deepest thoughts are unveiled. Shakespeare's most famous tragedy is one that is typical of, and follows the requirements of the tragedy Greek drama as defined by ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Aristotle a great Greek philosopher, defined the nature of a tragedy as a play that ends in the death of the central character, a play which has signalled the final outcome as inevitable.

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  22. Compare the similarities and differences apparent in 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare, 'Living with Lady Macbeth' by Rob John and the Raw Shakespeare Company production in 1978 produced by Trevor Dunn.

    The social and historical contexts that lie between the extracts also differ. In my research I incorporated the role of women in the Elizabethan era. Women were expected to take an active part in childbearing and took great pride in doing so. There is no doubt that women occupied a lesser status to men in the Elizabethan society. Furthermore there were many limitations on what a women could do. One of these was that women, regardless of social position were not permitted to vote and were seen as inferior to men.

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  23. Macbeth's English Commentary (Act 1 Scene 5 lines 1-36).

    The next thing that happens is that her thought wander around with what Macbeth had told him and then a messenger comes in and bring news that the king is coming. Comparing Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is much more merciless and fierce even though she just stays at home while Macbeth is of at war. This is shown by line 14 and 15, "yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness, to catch the nearest way" this proves that she doesn't have faith in his husband, and the second line is one of the more powerful meaning and a famous quote.

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  24. Analysis of language in Shakespeare: Macbeth.

    This tells the audience about the characters, it leads the audience to believe that these three women are witches - as people who spoke in rhyme were often considered to be. This is highly important in this play as the word witch is only mentioned once. The opening dialogue is also set in a strict pattern of eight syllables a line. This adds to the 'spell likeness' of the dialogue between the so called weird sisters. This, once again, would give the audience that these women are witches who are meeting and casting spells even though they may be three women meeting discussing when and where to hold the next WI meeting.

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  25. Explore the world created by Tennnyson in The Lady Of Shalott. What does the imagery and poetry add to her story?

    The lady of Shalott's situation does seem difficult, however her environment shields this and makes it seem more bearable, "By the margain, willow-veil'd". The imagery of her weaving brings magic into the poetry and suggests that she is happy and content how she is, "A magic web with colours gay" This quote brings even more bright and splendid colours into the poem and helps to highlight that every thing is to perfection. In Part II, the word shadows is used, which is a contrast to the bright colours previously used and makes the reader wonder if The Lady of Shalott is satisfied with her life, "Shadows of the world appear".

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