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    Discuss the presentation of the supernatural in 'Macbeth'. What part does it play in the drama?

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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.

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    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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    Creative writing - Macbeth on trial

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    "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!" "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!" After They Showed Me A Couldron, I then spent most of the day unconscious on the floor of the cave. I awoke to find myself alone. Unawhere of the fate that cloned me, I was under their iriputable power of ambition. Carry on sir! Well no sooner had I got back to my tent, Duncan came with his guards and messenger and gave me the medallion to be the Thane of Glamis and I was told I was also the thane of Cawdor due to an evil happening at Duncan's castle.

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    "Certainly not tragic, not even heroic". How far do you agree with this estimation of the character Macbeth?

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    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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    The Macbeths. There are many similarities between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Both are characterized as very ambitious.

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    When they heard the witch's prophecy about Macbeth's becoming king, it was easy for them to believe since they wanted this to be true. You can see this in Macbeth's letter, "what greatness is promised thee," and with Lady Macbeth who also thought the prophecy was an inevitable promise, saying that Macbeth will become "what thou art promised" (Act 1, Scene V).

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    Discuss the Role of the Witches in Macbeth

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    Their presence in the first scene creates an evil atmosphere there is thunder and lightening. Shakespeare use pathetic phallacy to enhance the sense of evil, the witches create. Shakespeare uses rhyming couplets like, "hurly and burly". They use rhyming couplets in this giving a rhyming effect. In Act 1 Scene 3, Shakespeare once again presents the witches as 'instrument of darkness' by having them discuss the mischief and evil they have created, which tells the audience that Scene 3 the witches are present in a abandoned place called 'The Heath' also there is thunder which are all instrument of darkness. When Banquo see the witches he say, "So withered and so wild in their attire".

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    What are our first impressions of Lady Macbeth and how does Shakespeare create them in the audiences mind in Act 1?

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    Whilst waiting for Macbeth to arrive, after hearing from the messenger, she delivers her famous speech where she begs "you spirits, that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty". This means she would rather get rid of her natural femininity, so she can do the downright horrible deed of murdering King Duncan. This shows the ruthlessness of the Lady, and that she would do anything to get what she wants; we can already see very early in the scene that she definitely has an evil side and could even be compared to the three witches Macbeth previously met.

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    How does Shakespeare use language to show the changes in Lady Macbeth's character?

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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 supernatural in Macbeth

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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 the importance of the first of Macbeths soliloquies showing how Shakespeare creates its dramatic and poetic power

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    He creates an argument in which he debates the advantages and disadvantages of the assassination. During this speech, the audience is shown a side to Macbeth that contradicts our first impression of him, as a brave and fearless warrior. This soliloquy gives us a glimpse of the vulnerability of Macbeth and how neurotic he can be. Already, ideas of how the plot of Macbeth will follow are forming i.e. this soliloquy foreshadows the rest of the play. Macbeth's argument is structured into four parts. Each section has Macbeth thinking through the different kinds of reasons for and against the King's murder and Shakespeare uses different techniques to portray moods and feelings.

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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?

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    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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    Macbeth's Diary.

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    I was waiting anxiously for my Lady to sound the bell that called me to do the deed. But before she did, a symbol of the supernatural appeared before my eyes. The dagger of the mind captured me and the handle was to my hand yet I couldn't grasp it, but I could see thee still. I knew not whether to follow or to discard it from my eyes, but the false creation remained. As I stepped closer to Duncan's room, I thought that I would panic and freeze, but when I got nearer, a sickening thought made me feel like I was doing the right thing!

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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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