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MacBeth Evaluation of Part 3

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Introduction

How Does Shakespeare Use Language To Present The Inter-Action Between Macbeth And Lady Macbeth In Act One Scene Seven? The play Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare between 1603 and 1606 this play is loosely based on King Macbeth of Scotland, it explores the far reaching effects of a man's ambition, it is a tragedy, this is defined as a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. The play is a tragedy because it is the rise of Macbeth who at the beginning of the play is a national hero and co-leader of the Scottish army who's greed forces him to fulfill the witches prophecies and becomes King and his eventual downfall due to flaws in his and his wife's personalities. In Shakespeare's time our ancestors didn't have the same understanding of the world. They had different explanations for things, like the idea of witches. Once Christianity was established, the devil was associated with witchcraft. People believed that witches could: turn people mad and that they should never be trusted no matter how pleasant they seemed and were basically evil; they were said to be able to predict the future and bring disease to people. In 1564 a law came into force making murder by witchcraft punishable by death. ...read more.

Middle

"Taking off... horrid deed" he continues the euphemisms showing his fear and his own self consciousness at this awful deed. "New born babe" the image is very innocent but perhaps not because "Fair is foul and foul is fair". "That tears shall drown the wind" he has accepted what he has done and is preparing for the evil coming to him. "Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itse;f, and falls on th'other." He is now so sure of failure he predicts his downfall, there is a link between here and line 9-10 "Full of scorpions in mind" all of the virtues Macbeth was at the beginning of the play and now he has done this to himself. Lady Macbeth Enters after this soliloquy and Macbeth immediately forces his opinion on her, "We will proceed no further in this business" clearly stating he wants an end so any further advances must be against his will, he is so determined only to be knocked back. Recently he's been praised "Golden opinions" it isn't just any praise, golden has connotations of the best and being honorable, all this will be gone if he goes through on the murder. It's not as if he's had all these accolades for a long time "Newest gloss, not cast aside so soon." Newest has an obvious meaning and gloss implies that they shine and ought to be treasured, rather than thrown away without any consideration of his greatness. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is a continued metaphor of drunkenness "Swinish sleep" this is also a metamorphosis of the guards into pigs, however if the guards are degenerate so is Macbeth. As this speech goes on Lady Macbeth becomes more assured and confident of success "What cannot you and I perform" She even begins to believe what they are doing is right, 'fair is foul and foul is fair' she refers to the murder as "Great quell" but still using euphemism to show underneath she knows it's wrong no matter what she acts like superficially. Finally she has had an effect on Macbeth he has agreed and is going at it gung-ho "Undaunted" the fear has melted away so quickly could seem like witch craft again likening her to the witches. "Bring forth men-children only" dominance of men over women at the time, but this is complete opposite of the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Even after Macbeth agrees to the murder he still shows a sense of morality "Terrible feat". But he is aware that once they begin it will go on forever "With fairest show: false face must hide what the false heart doth know" it is exactly that a show they have to pretend they are innocent they know they are risking it all and have to act to protect themselves. ...read more.

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