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Macbeth english courswork

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Introduction

What are the factors that lead Macbeth to kill the king? How does Macbeth use stagecraft to emphasise them. Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare in 1605. The play was to be shown to King James the First, so Shakespeare had to write it in accordance to what the king would have approved of. This included bending history, to show King James's ancestors as brave and noble, and also the strong theme of witchcraft and the supernatural, which King James was highly interested in. The Play opens with the three Witches, who conspire with each other. They speak of the battle which Macbeth and Banquo lead, and they appear to place a spell upon Macbeth "fair is foul and foul is fair, hover through fog and filthy air." This quote represents the witches, and there are several references to that quote through out the play. ...read more.

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The witches go on to say how Macbeth will become "king hereafter!" This marks the point where Macbeth begins to change. He starts to ponder in soliloquies, "If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me". This shows that Macbeth is intrigued, yet apprehensive about becoming king, and gives the impression that it's a childhood's dream being realised, and we find he has a trait that will drive him to seek it out. This could be described as Macbeth's hubris, which will eventually lead him to his down fall. A technique Shakespeare uses to let us know what a character is thinking, is the use of soliloquies. Macbeth in his first soliloquy, finds himself struggling with his conscience, over the possibility of treason. He is concerned that there would be consequences, and that there are many reasons why he should not murder King Duncan. ...read more.

Conclusion

take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers", again there is a reference to the supernatural and witchcraft, "Murd'ring ministers" meaning "spirits of murder". When Macbeth returns to Dunsinane, Lady Macbeth greets him with "Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor, greater than both!". Macbeth however doesn't share her optimism "My dearest love. Duncan comes here tonight". Macbeth shows that he is hesitant, and anxious not to show his inner turmoil. Soon after when Lady Macbeth realises that Macbeth is still only contemplating it Macbeth has a vision of a bloody dagger floating before him and leading him to Duncan's room, this could be interprated as macbeth going mad with contemplating on wheather or not to kill Duncan, or it could be the witches, or another supernatural power actually leading macbeth to do it. When Macbeth hears Lady Macbeth ring the bell to signal the completion of her preparations, Macbeth follows through with his part of the plan and leaves for Duncan's room. English coursework English coursework Luke Ellis Luke Ellis ...read more.

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