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Macbeth Essay In the beginning Macbeth starts out as a successful and respected warrior, who leads King Duncan's army. Then his life starts to go downhill for him when he decides to follow to a witches' prophecy. His wife Lady Macbeth pressures him to kill Duncan while he is staying at the Macbeths' castle. At first, Macbeth's ambitions overcome his doubts and hesitations, but later both he and his wife are driven to insanity by their guilt. Macbeth then goes on to kill suspicious Banquo, and he also plans to kill Macduff, who too has his own suspicions about Macbeth. Macbeth is not in the right state of mind to grieve when his wife dies from her mental anguish. Finally, Macduff kills Macbeth in battle, and Malcolm becomes the new king. The context of our key scene (Act 2, Scene 3) is about Duncan's murder by Macbeth. Macbeth has his own strong motivations not to kill Duncan, but is pushed and pressurised into it by the witches and Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth gives her husband advice to "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it", which means he must be vicious inside but appear innocent on the outside to the rest of the characters, which they have to do even after the murder. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth may be sad and evil partly due to losing her child, compared to Lady Macduff, who has children and seems to be a nicer, calmer person. In this play, we can see the theme of "appearance vs. reality", as the Macbeth couple are forced to conceal the guilty reality of their crime by putting on innocent appearances. It was Lady Macbeth who quoted the image of appearing "like the innocent flower", but being "the serpent under it", by which she meant to be brutal but act innocent. There are images with references to "heaven" and "hell", such as when the drunken porter appears to be talking nonsense, but his words actually make some sense. Some of his quotes include "if a man were a porter of hell-gate" and "who's there in the name of Beelzebub?", which seems to link in with the evil deed that Macbeth has just committed. Macbeth's act of killing the king is called regicide, which leads to "confused" events. To kill a king was seen as damnable because it was removing God's representative on earth. Macbeth's image of the "fountain" being stopped (by him, which he doesn't make obvious) shows an interference with the Divine Right of Kings, a belief that royalty is passed down in the family. As with most tragedies, "betrayal" is very prominent in this play. ...read more.


He is visibly a deceitful liar, and there are many beginnings of chaos. The events of our key scene (Act 2, Scene 3) leave us questioning what will happen next and wanting to know more. This is how Shakespeare evokes suspense in the play of Macbeth. After Macbeth commits the terrible murder, we are left wondering what will happen to the state of Macbeth's mind, as we later find out that his increasing insanity finally finishes him off. We wonder if the Macbeth couple will ever be found out of their wicked conspiracy. Although they do not get caught by country officials, they see the suspicions from Banquo and Macduff. We could even say that the Macbeths punish themselves in a way, by having to face the guilt-ridden consequences of their actions. From the beginning, Lady Macbeth has been the more prominent partner in the relationship, but her mental decline seems to affect her quicker than Macbeth, even to the point that she dies and he does not seem to care much. Going back to the murder's aftermath, there is the question of who will be the new king, and what will happen to Scotland from this point. We, as the audience, are waiting to find out what happens next, and see that some of our questions are answered, and some are not, (like, what exactly happened to Lady Macbeth's child that she had vaguely mentioned?). ?? ?? ?? ?? Tokunbo Adebanjo 03/04/2010 1 ...read more.

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