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Macbeth -The Symbolism of Hands in the play.

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Madhur Mahajan ACT IV - Hands Second witch: By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. Open, locks, Whoever knocks! (IV.i.44-47) It is dark and the three witches are circling around their cauldron hissing and spitting. They chant spells and add bizarre ingredients to their stew. Hecate is amazed by the witches work and thus materializes and compliments it. "By the pricking of my thumbs" the second witch is trying to covey that a sudden pain in the body; for eg: pricking of thumbs, indicate that an evil has arrived. "Something wicked this way comes," indeed, and they're delighted. Macbeth-at least, the wicked Macbeth-is in part their own creation. It is ironic how at first the witches were looking out for Macbeth to tell him about their prophecy and how now Macbeth is looking for them. and the witches summon apparitions to tell Macbeth exactly what he wants to hear: that he's invulnerable. Scene effects: Thunder. Third Apparition: a Child crowned, with a tree in his hand. (IV.i.) Suddenly a thud of thunder is heard and he third apparition appears, in the form of a child with a crown on his head and a tree in his hand. ...read more.


His act of treason against the king made him doubly anxious of acts of treason against him. This is also a turning point for Lady Macbeth -- later in the play, we see her confused and angry at the senseless killing, which she believes to be unnecessary. The irony in this act is that Lady Macbeth was a ruthless woman in the beginning of the play, but we see her change too. Now she is filled with guilt, and is more caring than Macbeth. Malcolm: Be not offended: I speak not as in absolute fear of you. I think our country sinks beneath the yoke; It weeps, it bleeds; and each new day a gash Is added to her wounds: I think withal There would be hands uplifted in my right; And here from gracious England have I offer Of goodly thousands: but, for all this, When I shall tread upon the tyrant's head, Or wear it on my sword, yet my poor country Shall have more vices than it had before, More suffer and more sundry ways than ever, By him that shall succeed. (IV.iii.47-59) When Macduff tries to persuade Malcolm to lead the fight against Macbeth, Malcolm is very cautious at first, thinking that it might be possible that Macduff is an agent of Macbeth, intent on luring Malcolm to his destruction. ...read more.


Macbeth tries his very best to avoid Banquo's children to become the king but in the end fails to do so. He was really influenced by the prophecies that he went on to kill king Duncan to be the next king of Scotland hence ruining Scotland and the lives of people who lived in it. The prophecies and fate takes control over everything in the end and it can't be changed by altering some decisions and expressing power as in the end Macbeth is killed and Banquo's son becomes the king which was all said in the prophecies. The prophecies were the reason of this whole tragedy. Not only did Macbeth ruin Scotland and the lives of the people who lived in it but he also lost his beloved wife with who he shared a bond. Later on in the book, Macbeth had become so stone hearted that he did not even care of the death of his wife and in fact also said that it was really inconvenient for him. If only had the prophecies not been there; Macbeth would have lived a normal life. Even though he did try to control and change fate but failed to do so because fate wins over everything in the end and is not possible to change. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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