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    Analysis of the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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    At this point Macbeth enters she greets him with notions of future greatness, almost as if she is already beginning to tempt him with her ideas of murdering Duncan. She urges him to keep a welcoming look on his face when the others arrive, so as not to give away their deadly intentions. At the end of the scene Lady Macbeth gives him words of comfort by telling him not to worry, she will take care of things. Even that small gesture goes to show how controlling she likes to be, especially of this situation.

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    Discuss the Role Played by the Witches in the Tragedy of Macbeth

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    The audience at the time of Shakespeare would've believed in the witches completely. As we see in Shakespeare's stage directions, there is a storm. We hear there is also a war going on and in reference to that, the witches begin they're habit of talking in riddles. The war has a double meaning. "When the battle's lost, and won." This sounds odd but actually makes perfect sense. There was a war between Scotland and Norway at the time and obviously one side would win and one side would lose. That is what the witches mean.

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  3. What influences Macbeth to make the decision to kill Duncan in Act 1?

    The sudden introduction of witchcraft would have unsettled both James and the audience and created an omen of things to come. The violent nature of the surroundings 'a desolate place' again emphasises how destructive the witches are as a stereotypical location is suggested. The opening lines give the impression that the witches have control of the weather 'when the hurly-burly's done' the wish to summon a storm to cover up their evil intentions. From the start you can tell that this play is about evil, obsession of glory and betrayal.

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  4. At the end of the play, Malcolm calls Macbeth a butcher and Lady Macbeth his fiend-like queen. How far do you agree with this assessment of their characters?

    Macbeth thinks that the supernatural powers of the witches will help him but instead they lead him to ruin. The witches are evil incarnate they are spiteful, destructive and deceptive. They trick Macbeth with half-truths rather than lies. Macbeth commands the witches to reveal the future. In response they show him a series of a sprit apparitions, which trick him into believing, he is indestructible. The prophecies foreshadow what will happen to Macbeth in the tale they also foreshadow Macbeth's fate. The witches convince Macbeth they have supernatural powers, this is evident in the quote, "I myself have all the other; and the very ports they below."

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  5. Explain what Act 1, Scene 7 tells us about the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. What is troubling Macbeth at the beginning of the scene and how does Lady Macbeth persuade him to go through with the murder of Duncan?

    Initially it seems that Macbeth's complexity win him the audiences empathy directly after the scene, but it is likely that the majority of the audience will disagree with who to empathize with, as both characters represent different feelings and also the divide between the sexes. The play is rich in historical and social context. The play was performed not long after King James took the throne. James was known to be a firm admirer of Shakespeare's talents, and the play could, in turn, of been a mark of respect directed from Shakespeare to James.

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  6. How is Evil Presented in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

    Shakespeare uses dramatic irony from the very beginning Scene of the play and this coupled with the actions in Scene II create suspense as to whether Macbeth is a hero or a villain. In Scene I the name Macbeth is first mentioned in an intensely spooky scene where the setting is 'a desolate place' and the sound effects are of thunder and lightning. In this scary scene three ugly women are talking in rhyming couplets in which the rhyme is not disguised with iambic pentameter.

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  7. Macbeth: How does Shakespeare dramatise the murder of Duncan in Act II Scenes (i) and (ii)?

    that the prophecy of him becoming King now seems a plausible idea, than the present promotion: 'The greatest is behind' (Act 1 Scene 3 Line 116). All in all, the character of Macbeth is introduced to the audience as a worthy and noble person (from the reports by the Captain in Scene Two) but one with a less virtuous side, to do with his ambition and never being satisfied with what he has, - which turn out to be his biggest weaknesses and ends up bringing about his downfall.

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  8. How does the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change throughout the play?

    Macbeth also treats his wife as an equal because of the fact that he shares this information with her and he trusts her not tell anyone when he says "lay it to thy heart". Macbeth obviously values her opinion. Macbeth wants Lady Macbeth to think about the prophecy of the witches and give him her opinion on the matter. In his letter, Macbeth proves that he and his wife have a loving relationship because he refers to her as "my dearest partner of greatness".

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  9. How Shakespeare dramatises Macbeths decision to commit regicide in the scenes preceding and immediately following Duncans murder.

    This gory imagery also suited the Globe Theatre and its surroundings. Often people would attend executions, bear-baiting, cock-fighting and things like that. This kind of entertainment lauded at and was the only way people could get a good thrill at that time. For a long time the general view of society was that people with 'hermit like' tendencies did things like this and were actually witches and ever since Europe was fully Christian they firmly forced their beliefs upon these people.

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  10. At the end of the play Malcolm refers to this dead butcher and his fiend like queen. Do you think this is a fair and accurate description of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

    On the other hand the witches couldn't have just chosen any old person and chose Macbeth because they new he had the potential to become a murderer. His potential is shown in many ways for example he is a soldier in the war and a very good one so must have killed hundreds of people then and although its different because it's a war it shows he knows how to kill and isn't afraid of it. Also his ambition, this is shown when he is told he will become "thane of cawdaw" then "king" because at this point he is

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  11. How does Macbeth's character develop up to the murder of King Duncan?

    I think that both of these quotes are used to show that the witches mind sets are not stable. I think that one of the meanings of the oxymoron, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair," is that what some people find sweet, others find sour; Whereas most people would feel threatened by the thunder and lightning, the witches feel sheltered and secure. It also links in with one of the other major themes of Macbeth, and sets the general tone of the confused, unnatural world that is created by the Macbeths.

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  12. Macbeth Essay Focusing on key scenes, discuss how Shakespeare presents the change in Macbeth from war hero to evil murderer.

    An immediate underlying sense of foreboding, and possibly flickers of Macbeth's potential sadistic nature, are depicted with his opening line, 'I have never seen so foul and fair a day.' The line is established to be particularly vivid as he is seen to echo the words of the witches, 'Fair is foul and foul is fair.' This ironic coincidence may prove deeper than a mere chance of words; therefore depicting the inseparability of Macbeth and the forces of darkness. Macbeth displays scepticism yet poignant hints of his subtle interest as he demands 'tell me more' as the witches entice him, hailing him 'Thane of Cawdor' as opposed to his original title 'Thane of Glamis.'

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  13. What is the Significance of the Witches in Macbeth?

    This is done to add a twist to the story and make Macbeth by all including James I who would have been appalled at his poor leadership qualities. James was a man who cared strongly that kings should all be great and have good 'kingly' characteristics. He would therefore be pleased by how Shakespeare presents Duncan and Malcolm in a good light in 'Macbeth' and would also welcome Macbeth's death - the weak king who he was appalled at. Throughout Shakespeare's life, people believed in witches and witchcraft.

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  14. Macbeth (Analysis of The Banquet Scene)

    The fact that Shakespeare has set the play in Scotland respected James' heritage. James' family claimed to have come from the lineage of Banquo and the prophecies of the witches that Banquo will have ancestors emphasise this. During Act III Scene IV, a banquet is held and it is the first royal occasion Macbeth hosts as King, making him and Lady Macbeth eager to impress their guests. As Macbeth greets his guests, one of the murderers appears and tells him of the successful murder of Banquo but the terrible news that Fleance, Banquo's son has escaped.

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  15. How does Shakespeare invoke a sense of evil in Macbeth?

    Concentrated evil is achieved through various characters in the play including the witches, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Indeed, evil is commonplace throughout "Macbeth", with children being slaughtered and various assassinations. Shakespeare's acclaimed inclusion of the witches is a prominent factor in the suggestion of evil throughout the piece. Indeed, immediately in the first scene, you are instantly submerged into this dire, supernaturally influenced world, plagued by the presence of these malevolent witches. Consequently, the sense of evil is evoked right from the opening of the curtains.

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  16. His fiend-Like Queen is Malcolm(TM)s View of Lady Macbeth at the End of the Play, Do You Agree? Is She Completely Evil or Does She Have Redeeming Qualities? To What Extend Can She be Blamed for the Tragedy of Macbeth? Is

    This is thinking very much like the witches 'foul is fair, and fair is foul.' Lady Macbeth's character has many attributes, which may be associated with evil and which is, in turn, part of the witches' characters. The first of these is the fact that Lady Macbeth is very manipulative: 'That I may pour my spirits in thine ear.' She speaks of 'the Raven' which is a bird associated with death. When she hears that Duncan will be coming to the castle she immediately thinks that this is the perfect opportunity to kill him, she refers to 'the fatal entrance of Duncan.'

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  17. How does shakespeare create a sense of evil and disorder in act 1 of macbeth

    for the forces of evil, and even numbers (2,4 and 6) for the forces of good. The audience would soon become aware of the switch from witches to king to witches, however Shakespeare opens Scene 5, a scene that, based on this alternating pattern, should represent evil, with Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Both characters were included in the "even" numbered scenes at the beginning of Act 1, showing they were originally forces of good, however Shakespeare deliberately chooses to then use them to open Scene 5, an odd numbered scene. The interruption of the pattern begins to show the audience that other characters, besides the witches, have the capability of turning to the forces of evil during the play.

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  18. Was Lady Macbeth in control of Macbeth's fate?

    An audience in the 1600's wouldn't have even thought of a woman acting the way Lady Macbeth did. Women in those days were thought of as caring housewives and mothers, and not as vicious murderers. It was very out of the ordinary for them to wish away all their feminine qualities, and shocking that Lady Macbeth was so devious. We know from the first moment we met Lady Macbeth in the play that she isn't an average woman. In his letter Macbeth tells his wife what the witches had predicted: he'd be thane of Glamis, thane of Cawdor, and king, and how the first prediction has come true. We learn a lot about Lady Macbeth in this soliloquy.

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  19. How does Shakespeare adapt the holinshed chronicles to create an entertaining piece of theatre?

    According to Holinshed, there were not only witches, but also "certeine wizzards" who prophesied about Macbeth. Rather than include too many 'supernatural' characters and complicate the performances on stage, Shakespeare created Hecate, a very powerful witch to make up for lack of witches and wizards from the Holinshed Chronicles. From their first appearance, the witches are in full control of what happens around them, "When shall we three meet again?" And where and how they appear. This is crucial to the play, as it gets the interest of the audience from the very first scene, because at the time when the play was first produced, there was a very strong belief about witches and the supernatural.

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  20. English Coursework - Macbeth

    At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a brave war hero, which is the first stage of his transition from a valiant soldier to an evil murderer. These stages are what I think Shakespeare worked around to create Macbeth's character - the first stage showing him as a good, respected soldier and the last stage an evil murderer. When the audience first hear of Macbeth, they see him as a brave man because Captain says "brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name."

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  21. The Downfall of Macbeth

    Shakespeare uses double meanings to illustrate Lady Macbeth's sly character. It seems that Lady Macbeth understands Macbeth more than he does her. She goes on to say: "When you durst do it, then you were a man." - 1:7:49 Questioning the masculinity of any man is bound to provoke a reaction, in this case Macbeth immediately does what is needed to be seen as 'a man' through the eyes of Lady Macbeth. Being a man could mean being mature, defensive, strong and valiant. Yet Lady Macbeth asks for none of that.

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  22. A Discussion of the Dramatic Power and Significance of Act III Scene iv of Macbeth

    The scene itself, when performed on stage, would be an extremely tense and exciting one to watch. One reason for this is the fact that the ghost itself would have a visually intense and striking effect upon the scene, described as it is, with "gory locks." Also, the idea that the thanes, now Lords, are unable to see Banquo's ghost creates an element of excitement in the mind of a watcher. It causes the person watching the play, to wonder whether or not Macbeth's trauma will cause him to be discovered by the Lords, and whether he will himself admit to the murder of Duncan.

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  23. Trace Macbeth's Development from "Brave Macbeth" to "dead butcher". To what extent does he fulfil his role as Tragic Hero?

    The Tragic hero has to suffer more than he deserves to gain the audience's pity, and must realise the truth that his actions were wrong (anagnorisis) and must accept them so that he can bravely accept death. Shakespeare's tragic hero must die. Even though he must have a tragic flaw, the hero must show that he is not entirely good or entirely evil by to gain the audiences pity at the end. He often does this by having a battle of minds throughout the play, which shows that he has a conscience and does not always want to commit the actions which bring about his downfall.

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  24. Macbeth

    The scene begins with Romeo and Juliet the morning after the night of their wedding. "Come, death and welcome! Juliet wills it so" Romeos immediate departure is really when Juliet's world crashes around her as Romeo is her soulmate as well as her only possible source of support. The night of her wedding was probably the most joyful day of her life and it all goes downhill the morning after. This is greatly dramatic as her world alters so rapidly.

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  25. Macbeth Act One

    We discover that the Witches are on the 'moor' 'to meet with Macbeth'. They seem to know where Macbeth will be. Once again they show that they can foretell the future. What can Macbeth the play's eponymous hero have to do with these abnormal, 'weird woman' who 'look not like th'inhabitants of earth'? How does he fit into their plans? The opening scene heightens the audience's expectations, as Macbeth will soon appear on stage, the audience will try and establish exactly why the Witches hope t meet him. Witches held great significance for a Jacobean audience who believed in witchcraft.

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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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