• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How is conflict presented in Macbeth and Dulce et Decorum Est and make comparisons

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Conflict is extremely influential every day all over the world. It can be from the smallest contrast of opinion to the wars in Afghanistan and Syria. Conflict is a key theme in William Shakespeare's Macbeth. It is evident throughout the play from the initial dialogue which is an example of nature in disharmony 'thunder, lightning and rain' to the end of the play where Macduff is jubilant about his execution of Macbeth 'Hail, king! For so thou art: behold, where stands the usurper's cursed head: the time is free' The witches are the source on the majority of the conflict throughout Macbeth. They are unnatural creatures who are constantly associated with negative imagery 'upon the heath' 'thunder, lighting and rain'. They introduce the physical aspect of conflict in the play by saying 'When the hurly-burly's done, When the battle's lost and won'. When Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches in Act One, Scene Three, Banquo describes them as 'So wither'd and so wild in their attire' and that they 'look not like the inhabitants o' the earth' they deceive the stereotypical women as again Banquo says 'Upon her skinny lips: you should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret, That you are so.' As well has looking extraordinary these women speak of extraordinary prophesies for both Macbeth and Banquo. Macbeth is a character that is accustom to war and violence. ...read more.

Middle

This is Macbeth saying that he could kill King Duncan without consequence he would do it. He then shows his internal confliction by saying 'we still have judgment here...which, being taught, return to plague the inventor.' Macbeth is making a case against killing the King as he fears going to hell. He also says that he should be loyal to the king and as his host protect him. Lady Macbeth knows that herself and thirst for power are Macbeths mental weaknesses therefore manipulates Macbeth into killing king Duncan by calling him a coward. Macbeth himself summarises his faults with his final line of act one in which he says "false face must hide what the false heart doth know.' In conclusion, conflict is a key theme in Macbeth and it falls under three types: internal, natural and physical, Macbeth is a physically strong character who is a savage killer on the battlefield. Macbeth is told by the witches that he will become thane of Cawdor and then king. This is a prime example of natural conflict as the witches have superhuman knowledge; these prophecies are the catalyst of Macbeth's internal conflict as he is faced with the decision whether or not to commit the act of regicide. Committing this act leads to the demise of both himself and Lady Macbeth. Every prophecies is meet with more conflict both and physically. ...read more.

Conclusion

'The Hero' is written in an AA rhyme scheme therefore from this alone we can determine that is a more upbeat poem written from a more positive prospective. Owen goes on to tell the reader about one man who didn't fix his mask in time who was 'flound'ring like a man in fire or lime...' he then says that they 'flung him in' a wagon' this statement emphasises the fact that a man who was once a friend and Conrad is now a burden to them. Metaphorically this is similar to 'Macbeth' as originally committing regicide was a good idea until it became the burden that lead to 'Macbeth's' mental breakdown. Later on in the poem Owen goes on to talk about the mental difficulties of seeing a man suffer such a gruesome fate. Owen says 'If in some smothering dreams you too could pace. Behind the wagon that we flung him in, and watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;' Here Owen is speaking of the mental strain that seeing a Conrad inflicts upon them. It is clear that although this trauma has Owen distraught he is also relieved that it is not him. After reading all of the literature it is apparent that although all the text is written at different periods from the 16th century to the war periods conflict is key throughout. The literature gives different perspectives on conflict due to both their writers and the time periods they were written in. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

There is some good analysis in this essay, particularly on 'Macbeth'; however the analysis of the two texts and comparing them doesn't really hang together and they would have been better as two separate essays.

3 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 23/07/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does shakespeare represent women in macbeth?

    3 star(s)

    Macbeth is worried about what had just happened. He asks Lady Macbeth "will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" this symbolises the guilt, and this shows the amount of shame and anxiety on Macbeth. Lady Macbeth replies "my hands are of your colour, but I shame to wear a heart so white."

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Shakespeare's use of imagery in 'Macbeth'

    3 star(s)

    the weather is again stormy and dangerous to create the mood of danger to the audience. Macbeth and Banquo are horrified with how ugly the witches are but are not afraid of them, "That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth, And yet are on 't?"

  1. How does Macbeths character change throughout the play

    man of woman borne" which Macbeth had clung to and believed to mean that no one could kill him had been taken from him. This also shows that Macbeth has accepted that the witches had tricked him and that Macduff was going to kill him and does not mind as

  2. The influences of the Witches' prophecies on Macbeth's actions.

    Macbeth states that it is "his besetting sin: I have no spur/ To prick the sides of my intent, but only/ Vaulting ambition." Macbeth's continued ambition is present in his wanting to have a succession of kings after him. Macbeth's ambition is deep within him and because of this, both

  1. Deception in Macbeth

    ...art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppress�d brain?(2.1.37-39) Macbeth's state of mind is not that of a normal man. He is trying so hard to go against his nature, convincing himself that deception is the only way to be King.

  2. The conflict between good and evil in Macbeth.

    "Fair is foul, and foul is fair' This quote tells us about the witches� hatred for all things good, and their love for things that are evil. Shakespeare adds rhyme and rhythm to the witches� language to enhance their evilness.

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

    Duncan now assumes an unsuccessful loss, as well as the audience, "Dismayed not this our captains, Macbeth and Banquo?" However the Captain continues to announce Macbeth's second victory, "...As cannons overcharged...strokes upon the foe." His order of dialogue, by preparing Duncan for loss, effectively emphasises the victorious event of Macbeth's second triumph in battle.

  2. How does Shakespeare Present the Supernatural in Macbeth?

    Macbeth's opening line is, "so foul and fair a day I have not seen". This language is like the witches and he repeats the words of the witches. This instantly links Macbeth linguistically with the witches. In this scene there is a strong sense of evil and the Supernatural.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work