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  1. How does Shakespeare explore responses to rules and conventions in Macbeth?

    She says ?come to my woman?s breasts, and take my milk for gall? (1.5.46) indicating that she wants to change her basic female nature to become capable of the cruelty needed to kill the king. This makes the audience wonder, whether there is a connection between the witches and Lady Macbeth as it?s as if at this level of evil, one abandons being either male or female and becomes ?it?, no longer human. When she urges Macbeth to ?look like th?innocent flower, but be the serpent under?t? (1.5.57)

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  2. Macbeth Act 3 Scene 4-Patrick Stewart version

    It is a basically a propaganda poster and resembles almost a Stalin poster. It represents tyranny and for me I more sinister side of Macbeth that I haven?t explored too much. When the scene looks at the guests, they all look very frightened of Macbeth, not daring to do any action that he might disapprove of. One example of this is when one of the guests, starts drinking a little earlier than everyone else, Macbeth mocks him.

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  3. Act 1 Scene 1 of Macbeth plays a significant role in the play as Shakespeare uses this opening act in order to present a number of key underlying themes such as the supernatural and murder

    The three witches appear to lurk like dark, opaque, thoughts and so could be characterised as being temptations of evil, which prey on those whose minds are easily susceptible to change. One could say that these three old, haggard witches bare similar qualities to that of the fates. Such as their rugged countenance and their ?ambiguous ?language. The fates are the three female characters, which are from the renowned Greek mythology. Their purpose is to weave the ?fabric? of human lives and cut them once their life has ended.

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  4. Speech - who is responsible for Macbeth's downfall?

    This adds mystery to the three witches, which catches Macbeths? and Banquo?s attention. People of the time of Macbeth were very superstitious, so he was more likely to believe in them than we would today. When Macbeth finds out he has become the thane of Cawdor, he is persuaded it his destiny to become king, therefore it can be argued that the witches were the driving force behind the death of Duncan. They also reinforce their predictions by saying that banquo?s children will be kings. This later leads to Macbeth becoming paranoid and feeling threatened.

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  5. Explore the way Shakespeare present the supernatural in Act 1 of Macbeth

    expresses the theme of the play,?nothing is not what is seems ?and by showing this to the audience it appears that the quote contradict itself but it is actually expresses the truth, the audience get a taste of what they are about to see happening in the play very soon. The use of the word ?foul? creates a negative image suggesting something horrible is going to happen in the near or distance future. At this point Macbeth does not know about the witches but due to the use of paradox we can see the theme appearing, presenting us the audience with suspense making us feel something bad is going to happen.

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  6. Conflict is one of many recurrent themes in the play Macbeth.

    Macbeth also worries about his own safety when he is king, fearing that he may meet the same fate as Duncan. At the end of Macbeth?s soliloquy, he is fully convinced that he shall not commit the deed; this is until Lady Macbeth enters the scene. Her interest conflicts with his morals and obligations but they are not good enough as Macbeth is overruled by his demanding wife, ignoring his previous decision to not commit the sinful deed. Shakespeare?s language exhibits conflict throughout this scene.

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  7. The Significance of Power in Macbeth

    Power and ambition plays a central role and is a major theme in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. In Macbeth, trying to resist power is futile. His unbridled passion to become the most powerful develops slowly but surely in the play and is urged on by Lady Macbeth. This dangerous desire changed and transformed Macbeth into a heartless killer. After studying the dramatic relationships and the power games that occur, it is evident that power has a very significant role in the play Macbeth.

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  8. King James Significance in Shakespeare's Macbeth

    growing to be a power in Europe, so James had to keep this Era continuing or there would be wide spread protests, this era under James, the "Golden Age" of Elizabethan literature and drama continued, with writers such as William Shakespeare, John Donne, Ben Jonson, and Sir Francis Bacon contributing to a flourishing literary culture, King James did not only live up to Queen Elizabeth?s standards but also started the first Colonization?s of America and established England?s first colony in 1607 named after him, Jamestown, this was the foundation stone of the British Empire that was to grow to be a superpower in less than 100 years.

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  9. Eulogy for King Duncan

    Duncan and I, Suthen got married in 1030 and he served as King of Scotland in 1034. Those 10 years were not all that happy. What we had was not a perfect marriage but as people say? Mark and I were perfect for each other and we were. With our union, we gave life to two beautiful children. Duncan was a disciplinarian and he ruled and took charge of his family in the same manner. He was strict but not stiff and he loved our kids so much. Mark had lots to say for just about anything. Anyone who ever had the chance to talk to him would say, he indeed had lots of things in his mind.

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  10. Macbeth By William Shakespeare is a play of contradiction and ambition.

    Macbeth did not just simply kill Macdonald he: ?"unseam'd him from the nave to the chops, / And fix'd his head upon our battlements" (Line 22-23). This shows that Macbeth spared no mercy to this rebel and treated the enemy of the kings like an enemy of his own. This really illustrates great heroism in Macbeth and his loyalty to Duncan. The audience really feels a sense of power and devotion in this character and also a dangerous tone shines through and highlights this hostile and bloody attitude of Macbeth.

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  11. How does Shakespeare use Lady Macbeth to add drama to the play?

    If to go to the theatre and watch the scene in which Lady Macbeth is trying to persuade Macbeth to commit the murder by comparing her to him and explain to him that she would dash the babies ?brains out, had I sworn to? and informing him only if he did it ?then you were a man?. I would imagine the women playing lady Macbeth would be in dark clothing as she is referred to as the dark queen, at the point where she says ?have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums? she could have her hands near her

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  12. Behind every great man is a great woman. Discuss this in relation to Macbeth relationship in Act five, six and seven.

    “My dearest partner of greatness, that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee”. He is saying that his wife would do better and he wants her to think of a plan. He trusts his wife and knows she can achieve great things. From reading Macbeth´s letter the audience will learn early on in the play that Macbeth is ambitious because he says that he “burned in desire to question them further” when he tells his wife of the witches’ prophecies.

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  13. How Did Shakespeare Make The Witches Seem Supernatural?

    My first point I would like to make is the witches? spoken language. The witches? speeches in this particular scene are very creepy, spooky and eerie. In this case, Shakespeare had made the witches use a technique called rhyming couplets. This can be proven by the line where the witches say, ?thrice to thine, and thrice to mine, and thrice again, to make up nine?. I think the writer has done this to make the audience uncomfortable because it sounds like a spell.

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  14. Trace the degeneration of Macbeth by close analysis of his soliloquies

    In the next soliloquy, he has changed and is ready to kill Duncan. Therefore, we can see that in the gap between these two early soliloquies Macbeth has already declined distinctly. Macbeth?s soliloquies get shorter and shorter throughout the play (eventually being called asides), because he is no longer seeking reasons not to kill the person, but why he should kill later on in the play. He says ?The very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand? Act 4 Scene 1.

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  15. Is Lady Macbeth an evil character?

    In act 1 scene 7, Lady Macbeth?s behaviour changes. She is more controlling and she gives lots of commands to her husband. ?Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under?t.? This line demonstrates that Lady Macbeth is using imperative sentence and metaphor where she commands her husband to look innocent but be the evil under it, which shows that she is ambitious as well as an evil character. In this scene Lady Macbeth uses a lot of rhetorical questions because she wants her husband to think and change her mind.

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  16. Macbeth as a victim,

    This presents to the reader, the devious and cunning nature of Lady Macbeth who victimizes Macbeth as she knows that he ?wouldst be great, art not without ambition? hence being the mastermind of their murder of King Duncan. She also skillfully pushes Macbeth to murder Duncan by mocking him, ?was the hope drunk; Wherein you dressed yourself?? Lady Macbeth also uses their love for each other as a weakness to convince Macbeth to kill Duncan.

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  17. Macbeth - Excessive Ambition Leads to Downfall

    Macbeth, himself, is one of these people ? this is shown when he is willing to kill King Duncan after the Witches tell him that he shall become king after Duncan dies. Macbeth's want for power overbears his will to stay good, and we see this from the dialogue he uses when he is fighting with himself over whether or not to kill the king. "I have no spur/To prick the sides of my intent, but only/Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,/And falls on th' other" We later see that this statement he uses is true, and that Macbeth's ambition for power makes him corrupt and does indeed bring about his own downfall.

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  18. Relevance of Macbeth Today

    This states Shakespeare?s belief in human responsibility to our action. So the witches in fact perceived a latent evil in the form of ambition. Externalism of that time and also now is still an excessive concern with outer circumstances or appearances. The play demonstrates the destructive power of ruthless ambition. It drives Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to commit unspeakable acts. It causes turmoil and revolution in Scotland. The play suggests that while ambition itself is not bad, when it overrides other considerations it is dangerous.

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  19. Speech on the role of the Witches in Macbeth

    The play is believed to be written around 1605, during the reign of King James I. It uses powerful characters such as the witches for example, to explore the human psyche and frailties. Apart from the gripping plot; it the complexity of the characters and their characterisation that impress the. The witches play a vital role in the plot of Macbeth as they are in fact the catalyst of the following events and provide the dynamism in the play. The masterstroke is provided by the vigorous and rapid succession in the plot through the mysterious witches, this is what allows the audience to be so thrilled and entertained.

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  20. Macbeth Theme of Ambition Essay

    Firstly, the most important theme of Macbeth is ambition. Having ambition is life is great, but having too much can be dangerous. Ambition has some serious consequences in the play; Macbeth is slain as a tyrant and his wife, Lady Macbeth commits suicide. Shakespeare does not give either character happiness of what they had achieved of getting the throne. This might suggest that you have to achieve your goals fairly to be satisfied with your efforts than to attain them through dishonesty and corruption.

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  21. Analysis of Macbeth's Inner Turmoil over Killing King Duncan - The Ramifications of Vaulting Ambition

    the murder being ?the be-all and end-all?, already an indication of the gradual corruption and depravation since the prophecy was made clear to him. Notwithstanding his acknowledgement that the ?assassination? of the King is fundamentally wrong and inexcusable, he has disregarded the ignominy of contemplating to murder the King and instead relented to his tantalising fantasy, however ephemeral and unrealistic, of having the deed ?done quickly?. Essentially, the first few lines in Macbeth?s soliloquy significantly exemplify his desire to seize the throne as conveyed through his hopeful fantasies.

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  22. Macbeth - the downfall of macbeth and what led to it

    Macbeth then goes to the witches again and the say"Be bloody, bold and resolute: laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth." soon the king falls out with the people of Scotland and they decide to go to war with him and macduff kills him because he was born through c section. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth played the role of king Duncan's killer which eventually led to there downfall. The witches are one of the main characters of the play Macbeth.

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