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Macbeth Passage Analysis

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Macbeth Passage Analysis: In the play 'Macbeth', written by William Shakespeare, there are many different techniques used to convey meaning to the reader. These choices Shakespeare has made use language to show the moral fiber of the characters, themes and convey a more effective description of what is happening. This passage from the beginning of Scene 5 in Act 1 is when Lady Macbeth is musing over the news in a letter from Macbeth, her husband. This is a very important scene in the play as it shows the reader what Lady Macbeth is like and the dark ambition she and Macbeth share. Immediately before the passage Lady Macbeth is reading the letter from Macbeth that explains to her his encounter with three witches who have prophesized his future. Lady Macbeth recognizes that Macbeth is too kind to kill Duncan (the King), so she begins to persuade him to pursue the crown. ...read more.


She uses the symbol of a raven, which is a black bird, and she links it with the entrance of Duncan the king. "The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan" (1.5.36-37) Black is often used throughout Shakespeare and modern writings to symbolize death and evil. The use of a raven to announce the entrance of Duncan shows that evil and deadly deeds are going to fall upon Duncan during his visit. As well as describing the king's entrance of Duncan as 'fatal' shows her murderous intent without her needing to describe it as such. The main character, and for the main portion of the passage the only character, is Lady Macbeth. This is the first time that the audience encounters Lady Macbeth in the play and first impressions of her is that she is very ambitious and is willing to sacrifice what is morally right and good for a higher status, She is a very strong woman which is shown in her doubt that Macbeth ...read more.


Lady Macbeth believes very strongly in the idea of fate, which is obvious in the manner that she approaches the news of the witches' prophecy. "Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem, to have thee crown'd withal. " (1.5.27-28) These main themes remain through the entirety of the play; especially the idea of fate as the play progresses and Macbeth begins to doubt the witches' prophecy. In this passage from Act 1 Scene 5 in the play Macbeth you begin to see the heartless ambition that is within Lady Macbeth. The language devises that William Shakespeare has used are effective in conveying the emotion of Lady Macbeth and showing that she is very obsessed with her husband and her own fate. This ambition and fate continues throughout the play and this scene, where they first begin to commit to this path of their own fate is pivotal to the play. The symbolism used in the passage also shows the way that she is thinking about killing Duncan but also recognizing its wrong. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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