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    How does Lady Macbeth change throughout the play, "Macbeth"?

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    She seems even more ruthless by the fact that automatically she presumes that they will have to use morally wrong methods to fulfil the prophecy by killing Duncan and it does not daunt her. "Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom." Shakespeare has given her this line to express that she does not mind disregarding what is right and wrong in her one track mind for power. He emphasises this further by saying that she "fears" that Macbeth's nature is too kind to perform the deeds they will have to resort to.

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    How far can the audience sympathise with Lady Macbeth?

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    will be able to convince him that murdering Duncan is the right course of action to take, and overcome his good, kind nature, "and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee." At that time, the 16th century, it was widely accepted and believed that witches were both real, and held enormous power and influence over people and their lives. People accepted the supernatural as part of their everyday lives and lived in fear of witches who, they believed, could influence the course of their lives for the worse.

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    "this dead butcher, and his fiend-like queen". Are these words by Malcolm an appropriate epitaph for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

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    He tells the murderers to take revenge on Banquo because it is Banquo's fault and not his own fault that they do not have any luxuries. He whispers, "That is was he in the times past which held you So under fortune, which you thought had been Our innocent self." He tries to persuade them that becoming assassins will make them 'real' men. This shows that Macbeth is becoming a butcher because he has planned to kill, firstly the King whom he served, and then an old friend.

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    In what ways does Shakespeare make the Banqueting scene dramatic?

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    Can the Devil speak true?"' However, Macbeth feared that the prophecy concerning Banquo would come true. Hence, this is why Macbeth arranged the killing of Banquo. Furthermore, the scene before the Banqueting scene shows Banquo being killed. This is followed by Macbeth's happiness at being king. As a result, this would be dramatic for a modern audience, as Macbeth who arranged the killing appeared to have no conscience. Therefore, to show the scene of Banquo's murder followed by Macbeth's happiness would be dramatic for a modern audience.

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    Explore How Evil Is Represented In Macbeth and Lord of the Flies.

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    Miraculously all the Children survive but all the adults had died. The book explores how these children no older than thirteen or fourteen live on the island until rescue arrives. Evil is represented in the novel by the fight for leadership between two rivals, Jack and Ralph, and how the other children live with this. Both the play and the novel have evil themes within them, which is reacted to by the characters. I will be comparing the ways evil is represented in 'Macbeth' and 'The Lord of the Flies' as well as exploring the different attitudes of the characters.

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  6. Examine the deterioration of Lady Macbeth over the course of the play 'Macbeth'

    Again this demonstrates her character as a woman who leaves nothing to chance and thinks things through to the end before taking any sort of action. The second audience is Macbeth; she is speaking as if he was standing with her, however, she is rehearsing what she will say to him and also what she will do: "And chastise with the valour of tongue / All that impedes thee from the golden round". The third audience is the actual audience watching the play while she is not speaking directly to them she is, in a sense intentionally showing them what

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  7. Macbeth Coursework

    They are tempted by the idea that Macbeth will become king. Macbeth is not sure what to do but his wife is ruthless in getting what she wants; she views her husband as a coward and appears ready to do anything. Ambition leads to evil - it makes Macbeth stronger and more determined, but then destroys his wife, consequently she goes demented. Ambition eventually kills him as well; becoming a tyrant and so loses the support of his friends. Besides that, the play is set in the 17th century, Scotland. The Globe theatre was for the people of Elizabethan London.

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  8. How does Shakespeare use language and dramatic devices to present Macbeths changing character?

    The storyline containing the death of a king is the main reason why this play would have shocked a contemporary audience; back in the early 1600's the divine rights of kings was believed in. This meant that the king was chosen by god and killing him was like killing god himself. So as witches' were also associated with disorder in nature, which contained the disruption of the rights of a king, they could have been almost 'blamed' for Duncan's death.

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  9. Show how Shakespeare uses the witches to create a mood and effect on an audience.

    This shows that the audience would experience a scary and haunting atmosphere, here were the witches appear. This scene also has pathetic fallacy to use weather to indicate the mood of events. "Thunder and lightning" this tells us that the weather was unpleasant. Also Shakespeare begins the play with the witches because he wants the reader to experience a haunting scary and creepy atmosphere and to show that the play is about evil. When Shakespeare writes in poetry he usually says that the persons important. "Enter the three witches". This tells us that whoever Shakespeare writes about he makes them important in the play.

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  10. Discuss the effectiveness of the opening three scenes of Macbeth

    They didn't have any knowledge on what was really happening so witches were an easy target to use. There were 270 witch trials during the Elizabethan times. 247 of those people were all women and only a mere 23 were men and I think this is mainly because men were known as being 'all powerful'. The people that were normally accused for being witches were the old, the unprotected, the poor and single women or widows. Elizabethan women relied on the male members of their family.

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  11. How does Shakespeare use language and dramatic devices to highlight the state of mind of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Act 1 scene 7 and Act 2 scene 2?

    Also towards the end of the scene 7 we witness Lady Macbeth undermining her husband to make him feel like he is no longer a man if doesn't proceed to kill King Duncan and gain crown of Scotland. Lady Macbeth uses emotive language in contrast to her husband's logically thought out reasoning, and appeals to his sense of honour in his own masculinity by insulting it. Before Lady Macbeth enters the scene, Macbeth decides against the plan of regicide during his soliloquy.

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  12. This dead butcher and his fiend-like queen. To what extent do you agree with Malcolms final assessment of the two protagonists?

    He addresses his wife, "my dearest partner of greatness," in her first soliloquy, showing the caring intimate relationship between the two. It was unnatural for a man to think of his wife as his equal during Shakespearean times as women were seen as delicate little creatures, only fit to give birth and take care of the household. Society in this period was a patriarchal one, since men were believed to be superior to women. However, in this particular play, Lady Macbeth serves as the main influence in Macbeth's life since Macbeth initially comes to her with all his problems.

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  13. Macbeth Film Comparison

    This is quite an aggressive scene to start with, and sets the pace for the rest of the film. Compared to Polanski's version, this introduction offers a more up-beat feel, instead of the more sombre style of the 1971 film. The camera then pans round to a close-up of Macbeth's face whose attention is drawn to the young schoolgirls as they wander past him. He then looks at his wife who is kneeling over their dead son's grave crying. Again, another close-up, but this time of Lady Macbeth's face which at this point is not particularly attractive.

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  14. How does Shakespeare develop character, plot and theme in Act 3 scene 4 of Macbeth?

    During the banquet, he received the news of Banquo's death but Banquo's son managed to escape. "Here had we now our country's honour roofed, were the graced person of our Banquo present."(Lines 40-41, Act 3 scene 4) This quote made by Macbeth means if only Banquo were here, all the nobility of Scotland would be under our roof. In addition, it shows he pretended he did not know Banquo had been murdered and to show the Scottish Lords his kindness and respect to Banquo even he is the King now. However, when Banquo's ghost suddenly appeared in front of him but no one could see Banquo's ghost.

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  15. To what extent do you judge Lady Macbeth to be solely responsible for the assassination of Duncan?

    Gall is a bitter fluid and to ask someone or something to replace milk, a symbol of purity and nourishment of new life, is cruel and to want to be stripped of female qualities is taboo. The spitefulness of Lady Macbeth's character is further explored in more depth later when she explicitly reveals her plans to assassinate the King, who 'never shall sun that morrow see.' Shakespeare also uses words directly pointing to murder, such as the King's coming being greeted and 'provided for', referring to the assassination of the monarch.

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  16. How does Shakespeare make Act 2, Scenes 2 and 3 so exciting and dramatic

    Some historians suggest that Shakespeare wrote Macbeth for King James, and that he is actually a descendant of Banqo. Through the use of colourful imagery, Shakespeare portrays a heavenly interpretation of the assassinated King Duncan. Lady Macbeth suggests that she will have to "gild the faces of the grooms", so that it "seems" their guilt. The use of the world "gild" is interesting because it brings about connotations of smearing the faces of the grooms with liquid gold, furthermore, the context in which she uses the term would suggest that Duncan is in fact such saintly man that his blood is gold, and that to apply his blood to anything would in fact be gilding it.

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  17. Macbeth - Discuss if the impact on the audience of Lady Macbeth is greater in Act1, Scene5 or in Act5, Scene1'.

    Before they were married they belonged to their fathers and relied on them. After, finding a husband they would rely on their husbands and belonged to them. If they didn't find a husband they would be looked down upon. Any relationship that was outside of marriage was strongly disliked. Women had no rights. The purpose of their life was to find a husband and produce children. Women were inferior compared to the opposite sex. Lady Macbeth would alarm the audience during Act 1 scene 5 as she's depicted as the complete opposite to the average Elizabethan woman.

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  18. In what ways does the character of Macbeth change between Act I and Act III in the play Macbeth?

    The witchcraft act of 1562 stated that 'any persons who should use or practise witchcraft will be executed'. People at the time of the Elizabethan era blamed unexplainable events as the work of witches, as the supernatural had always played a huge part in society. Women at the time of James I were often been accused of being witches, and most of the time were expected to be housewives. Though women were seen to be more educated than men, and were able to sort out problems more logically than men. This could show that women were mentally stronger than men, but it was seen to be regarded that women were the weaker sex, both mentally and physically.

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    Act 3, Scene 4 (The Banquet Scene)

    This scene "symbolises the last supper" in which Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples, "Judas." It's as if we now what's about to happen. It's the last time Macbeth will ever sit down with his allies and friends to share food in perfect harmony. Some questions are also brought up in this scene. How will the lords react to Macbeth as the unnatural king of Scotland? And will Macbeth be able to cope with his stained guilt. In the versions that I have seen on screen the banquet scene always seems to start with a sombre atmosphere and this atmosphere is tainted right from the start by the entrance of the murderers.

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  20. Macbeth - How Shakespeare presents the characters in Act 3 Scene 1

    In the soliloquy there is also a reference to the witches' predictions for Banquo's descendants, 'myself should be the root and father of many kings.' This line would have been of great interest to King James I as it suggests he is a descendant of Banquo. Some critics argue that Shakespeare wrote Macbeth to flatter the new king. The direct relation between Banquo and King James is hinted a few times during the play. Add this to the fact Shakespeare altered Holinshed's version of events that were written years earlier then you could be mistaken for agreeing with the critics.

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  21. In what ways does Shakespeare make the opening scenes of Macbeth dramatic?

    Act one, scene three's stage description "A heath...thunder..." is not only using pathetic fallacy to set the evil and unsettled tone, but also landscape. A heath can be described as wasteland overgrown with shrubs, uncultivated. This uncared for and abandoned environment reflects that the witches are socially unacceptable and rejected, emphasising and reminding the audience how ill-favoured and god-awful these witches are. This provokes the audience's curiosity as they're 'sheltered' or not used to seeing this kind of living, and shows the dramatic impact Shakespeare crafts through setting.

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  22. Who was responsible for the downfall of Scotland?

    This is reinforced by the idea that Banquo couldn't tell if the witches were men or women. The concept f appearance and reality is a key theme in Macbeth. Shakespeare used the witches effectively concept of appearance and reality is a main theme in Macbeth. to suit his audience. Stuart audiences were fascinated with the supernatural would have been thrilled and excited by the witches and would have immediately held them responsible, because of their superstition. King James 1, the king on the throne during Shakespeare's lifetime was especially interested in witches and even published a book about them Daemonologie, which he made sure was printed in London in 1603.

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  23. How does Macbeths Character change during the play

    This gives the reader a bloody image in their heads. Although this shows Macbeth's loyalty, I think that it also gives you an insight into Macbeth's violent side, and maybe that he enjoyed killing people. I think that Macbeth took pleasure in killing because it says "Till he unseam'd him from the nave to his chaps." This line gives you a bloody image in your head; also Macbeth could have just decapitated him but he chose not to and that is why I think he enjoys killing. In Act 1, Scene 4, Macbeth says a soliloquy, The Prince of Cumberland!

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  24. What are your impressions of Lady Macbeth and her developing relationship with her husband? Confine your analysis to her first two scenes in the play.

    different ways, it could either show that they are equal with the amount of greatness they have, which should not be right in the Jacobean times, because woman were seen as inferior to men, some people in the Jacobean times went as far to say that woman had smaller brains than men. That is where the idea of men being better than woman came from. Another thing that 'dearest partner of greatness' could show is Macbeth flattering Lady Macbeth. He uses this term maybe not just because in their marriage they are equal but perhaps because he knows what she is like.

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  25. How did Shakespeare appeal to his audience, both in the 17th century, and in the modern era?

    The scene ends with Macbeth ordering to ring alarms. The main characters in Act 1, Scene 3 are the witches, Macbeth and Banquo. The witches seem like a big contradiction. The first witch told a story about torturing a sailor to death because his wife refused to give her chestnuts! This shows just how evil the witches were. However, they called themselves sisters and they worked together. For example, the second and third witches offer to give the first witch wind to help. "I'll give thee a wind" (line 10).

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • To what extent does Shakespeare portray the character of Macbeth as a war hero(TM) turned evil murderer(TM)?

    "In conclusion I think that the witches' equivocations acted as the initial stimulus to Macbeth. They were the ones who first planted those dark thoughts into Macbeth's head, but the witches didn't tell him to murder, they only told him that he would become king. Lady Macbeth then acted as a catalyst as she manipulated Macbeth into actually killing King Duncan, and used his ego against him. There are many factors that led to Macbeth's downfall, but Macbeth's fatal flaw was his ambition, and he would not have preformed any murder if he didn't have the drive and ambition to become king."

  • Macbeth: Analyse and compare two scenes in William Shakespeare's Macbeth that show the audience the change in the balance of power, in their relationship, between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

    "In conclusion despite there being many other themes in this play in my chosen scenes the one of power stands out a great deal. They show well how Lady Macbeth has the majority of power during the beginning of the play but as it continues she loses it quickly to Macbeth. He seems to gain the power of the country around the same time that he gains it over the relationship, however because the switch in power of the relationship is not as obvious as the switch in power of the country we are unable to determine which followed which. Laura Mann 10E"

  • To what extent do you agree with Malcolm's description of Lady Macbeth as a "fiend like queen"?

    "In conclusion I believe that Malcolm's description of her as a "fiend-like queen", is not a n entirely accurate representation of Lady Macbeth, contrary to my initial impression of her. This remark may have some truth to it as Lady Macbeth did manipulate Macbeth into doing the things he did, but she does realise finally the enormity what she has done. She regrets her actions and I don't think that regret is something that a 'fiend' would feel. The witches can be seen as more responsible for Macbeth's actions as they gave him the thought of murder even though it was Lady Macbeth that spurred him on. She died what she did out of love for her husband, so I don't think she is truly evil just someone overcome by ambition for her husband, who acted without thing of the consequences. Her final remorse reveals her human side rather than her 'fiend-like' qualities."

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