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Throughout the play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth together demonstrate how ambition can turn a loyal soldier into a bloodthirsty murderer5 star(s)
Lady Macbeth calls on the spirits of darkness and evil to replace her nurturing and feminine qualities with remorseless cruelty. Macbeth is appalled of the thought of killing his king and can think of many reasons for not going ahead with the murder. So Lady Macbeth manipulates him by accusing him of being a coward and unmanly, until he agrees to proceed with the murder. Lady Macbeth presents her plan that when Duncan?s servants are asleep, he will enter Duncan?s chamber and kill him.
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Explore how the writers present choices in Macbeth by William Shakespeare and the Laboratory by Robert Browning.4 star(s)
I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, had I so sworn as you have done to this." In Macbeths opening soliloquy by interpreting its textual content "Firstly as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself." it is clear the motives that are at work to deter him from committing the murder, fear of the consequences in this world, mingled feelings of kinship, loyalty, and hospitality, admiration for Duncan's
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Nowadays, a modern audience would see that as simply just made up, because we don't believe in witches anymore. Adverse weather conditions are caused by natural phenomena not by supernatural evil witches. When Macbeth sees the witches for the first time they say "Hail Macbeth hail to thee Thane of Glamis," "Thane of Cawdor" then "King hereafter". The witches are saying he definitely will have those titles, not just might be. A Jacobean audience would see this as the witches predicted the future because people back then believed that they could do that.
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Commentary on Macbeth soliloquy Act V scene V"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,4 star(s)
Imagery, time, dictions and repetition each have its constituency in shaping this important soliloquy. The passage reveals to the reader the despair and desolation of Macbeth just before the deciding battle with Macduff and Malcolm. Just before the soliloquy, Macbeth has been informed that Lady Macbeth is dead. The sudden departure of Lady Macbeth marks the lost of Macbeth's only love and trusty as well as the ties to the world. By now, Macbeth is all alone, as most of the previously mentioned Thanes have taken side with Malcolm. After this soliloquy, Macbeth is informed that the Birnam wood is moving towards Dunsinae.
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They were both regarded highly and respected by everyone, including Duncan, the King of Scotland. When Banquo and Macbeth first meet the witches after battling with the Norwegians, both characters seem very suspicious of them, but as the witches speak their prophecies. "All hail Macbeth, Thane of Glamis" "All Hail Macbeth, Thane of Cawdor" "All hail Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter" Macbeth seems to be memorised by the fortunes. Banquo doesn't realise the danger he is now in by being the only witness of the witches' prophecies, perhaps this is a flaw in his character, to trusting of Macbeth.
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'Do you think that Lady Macbeth is a good wife to an ambitious husband? You should refer in some detail to her words and actions.'3 star(s)
Others see her as a woman ambitious for her husband whom she loves. She recognises the essential good in him, and feels that, without her, he will never win the Crown. Lady Macbeth wants to throw out her morality for the sake of gaining a title. With the help of invisible sprits, she wants to make herself able to commit a murder to make her dreams of the royal life come true, without having reservations or remorse. She approaches Macbeth with the idea that she wants to kill King Duncan. Macbeth, although wanting the prophecy to come true, and become king, lacks the enthusiasm that his wife does, to commit the murder against his King.
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which demonstrates that she is concerned someone has been alerted to the couple's plans and will discover their wretched methods; this sudden feeling of concern contrasts with her prior confident attitude and thus adds an element of drama to the situation. After Macbeth has murdered Duncan he feels nervous we see this when he asks "Didst thou not hear a noise?" which indicates panic in his mind. Lady Macbeth clearly shares the same emotional state as she replies "I heard the owl scream...Did you not speak".
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Back in the day, witches were blamed for the death of animals. Also, the witches repeated phrases three times. "I'll do, I'll do, I'll do" and instead of any other number of witches, there were three of them. The number three was regarded as a magic number. The characters referred to themselves as "weird sisters" which was significant because the Weird Sisters were the goddess of destiny, who could see everyone's future. The characters prophesied Macbeth's and Banquo's future. They gave Macbeth three prophecies: "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis" which was Macbeth's past title; "All hail to Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" which was Macbeth's present title which he has known about at that time; and finally, "all hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter!"
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At first, he does not believe them, but when he receives the news that he has been given the title of Thane of Cawdor, he starts to believe in the prophecies. Macbeth believed in these prophecies so much that he ended up sending Lady Macbeth a letter explaining everything that had gone on that day, 'Enter Lady Macbeth, reading a letter.' (Act One Scene Five) This then leads to Lady Macbeth being seen as a reason why Macbeth had a downfall.
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They would have also been curious of Shakespeare's exploration of the supernatural, especially the aspect of Witchcraft. The play opens with three Witches, this sets the entire theme for the play as being dark and evil due to the language used and also the setting. This scene also mentions the aspect of good and evil, "Fair is foul and foul is fair." This quote is reflected in Macbeth's first words, "So fair and foul a day I have not seen." This shows how things have been confused and their words have been well disguised, partly by the use of ambiguity.
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Write about how Shakespeare uses dramatic technique and language to create an atmosphere of evil and suspense in the first three scenes of Macbeth, and how he prepares the audience for what happens in the rest of the play.3 star(s)
The play then moves on to a military camp of Scottish King Of Duncan where he hears the news that his generals Macbeth and Banquo have defeated two separate invading armies, one from Ireland and the other from Norway. Following their battle with the enemy forces, Macbeth and Banquo encounter the three witches. The witches tell Macbeth that one day, he will be King, stunned and intrigued, Macbeth pressurises them for more details. They ignore Macbeth and then move onto Banquo and while speaking to him in riddles, tell him that he will never be King, but his sons will definitely sit on the throne.
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"Certainly not tragic, not even heroic". How far do you agree with this estimation of the character Macbeth?3 star(s)
The merciless Macdonald - Worthy to be a rebel, for to that The multiplying villainies of nature Do swarm upon him - from the Western Isles Of kerns and galloglasses is supplied, And Fortune on his damned quarrel smiling, Show'd like a rebel's whore. But all's too weak, For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name - Disdaining Fortune, with his brandish'd steel Which smok'd with bloody execution, Like Valour's minion carv'd out his passage Till he fac'd the slave, Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him.
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This is very clever of her because she doesn't get caught but she is the real mastermind behind all of this. Shakespeare probably wrote this play because he wanted to make people explore the supernatural. One of the themes in the story is greed. This theme is shown by Lady Macbeth of who wants all the power and wealth through her husbands masculinity. Another theme in the play is the supernatural, this is shown through the three witches of who boost up the ambitions of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is introduced to the audience as a very euphemistic and strong woman.
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The witches also speak in riddles and paradoxes. They make it purposefully hard to understand the truth about what they mean. Some examples are "Fair is foul and foul is fair" (implying all good is bad and all bad is good) Another example is when a witch says, "When a battle's lost and won" Later on in the story, we realise that nearly everything the witches do and say have some effect on the mortals in the play. For example, Macbeth later says, "So fair and foul a day, I have not seem" which seems very much like the quote described earlier.
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Explore Shakespeares presentation of Lady Macbeth and the witches. How might the presentation of female characters in Macbeth appeal to an Elizabethan audience?3 star(s)
At the start of the play the three witches are discussing where they should meet again. 'In thunder, lightening, or in rain?' because of the sort of weather conditions there are, for them to meet again, it is not the best weather so the weather related to the mood that will be happening when the do met again. This shows the audience what sort of characters they are, showing them they could potentially cause trouble.
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