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Explain How Shakespeare Uses Language To Show Macbeth's State Of Mind In These Three Speeches

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Explain How Shakespeare Uses Language To Show Macbeth's State Of Mind In These Three Speeches Adam Fraser 1) "We have scotched the snake..." This speech shows Macbeth is living in fear, the snake refers to Macbeth's state in life, he feels that he has wounded the snake by killing Duncan, but cannot be completely happy until the snake has been killed and Banquo is dead. "Weak Malice" refers to the shameful deeds they have committed to get to the state they are in, which is killing the king whilst he was sleeping. The speech also goes on to Macbeth saying, "Eat our meal in fear", this is an ironic prediction, as Baquo does return to the meal as a ghost. ...read more.

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This phrase also uses personification in "treason has done his worst" this shows Macbeth is trying to cover up a horrible crime such as treason by saying it is something itself. 2) "There's comfort yet..." This speech is full of dark imagery and night associated objects, such as "Bats" which ties in with another of the plays images, darkness, it seems that morning never comes for Macbeth, that is eternally dark throughout. "Hecate" is the goddess of witches, which links in with earlier times when he visits the witches. "Bat" and "Beetle" conjure very sinister images of night and death, but also have alliteration, which adds to the effect. "Drowsy", "Deeds", and "Dreadful" builds on the sinister effect but also having harsh sounding "d" letters gives an even more deathly achievement. ...read more.

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"Night's black agents" makes reference to the murderers, and "Prey" refers to Banquo. "Crow" links with the bird image, and earlier in the play when Duncan says Macbeth's castle looks like a good place to stay, as birds are nesting in all of the trees. "Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill", this phrase refers to the killing of Banquo, ("Things bad begun") but also to the killing of Banquo, ("Make strong themselves by ill"). This expression fundamentally shows that Macbeth feels the only way things can get better is by doing something even worse, making the phrase a paradox. The speech also ends with rhyming couplets, "Drowse", "Rouse", "Still" and "Ill", "Ill" links to the sickness and health message the play carries right through. Ending with rhyming couplets shows Macbeth's great determination, but also give the speech finality. ...read more.

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