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What have you learnt about a) Macbeth b) The Soliloquies?

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"Macbeth" William Shakespeare What have you learnt about a) Macbeth b) The Soliloquies "Macbeth" is a play written by William Shakespeare one of the best dramatists of all time. It was written in 1600s. Elizabeth I of England was dying, so she named James VI of Scotland as her successor. He then became James I of England. William Shakespeare wrote this play for James I based on the king's interest of witchcraft and past monarchs. "Macbeth" is based on historical facts, which Shakespeare re-wrote to a great extent so he could portray a moral lesson through the play. The plot evolves around Macbeth's feelings and emotions following a visit from three witches, they predicted many "great" things of him, these words and his desire for power leads him into committing sacrilege. Macbeth eventually kills his king Duncan up to whom he showed great loyalty towards. The play consists of many soliloquies, a soliloquy is where the character speaks to himself aloud so the audience or viewers may know what he is thinking. A soliloquy allows the audience to understand the character better. During the play "Macbeth" there are several soliloquies, where Macbeth speaks of his feelings and thoughts. Macbeth is loyal, ambitious, obedient and trustworthy. He fights bravely for his king Duncan in his battle against the Irish and the Norwegians. "For brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name; Disdaining fortune with his brandish' d steel; (...)" Shakespeare explains with his words "Disdaining fortune with his brandish' d steel", that Macbeth is a well-respected man who has a characteristic to flaunt -he is devoted and valiant towards his king. He is well regarded by his fellow soldiers Macbeth doesn't achieve much from killing his king, he has lost more than he has gained. He respectively won the "Golden Round" making him King of Scotland but by murdering Duncan he has also murdered his sleep, lost a good king, forlorn his friendship with Banquo, mislaid his soul and is full of growing insecurities. ...read more.

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But there is also a fear of what he could end up doing with it. Shakespeare uses these words in the play to bring fear amongst the audience plus there is also the fact that Macbeth may seem as if he is driving himself mad with all these thoughts. Macbeth prays that his evil goes unnoticed hidden from the eyes of heaven- "Thou sure and firm-set earth, Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear Thy very stones prate of my whereabout, And take the present horror from the time, Which now suits with it. Whiles I threat, he lives; Words to the heat of deeds too cold breath gives" Macbeth prays that it all goes unnoticed and that his words will help cool down his grim deed. Shakespeare shows the desperateness of Macbeth to be King but also his hope not to lose his soul, he pleads that all memories of the murder will be left forgotten. The bell rings, It is Macbeth's queue to proceed and kill King Duncan as the coast is clear. Macbeth says to himself- "I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell. " Macbeth knows that it is now or never, he does not want to lose his chance of becoming a King. The bell encourages him to advance, he also knows that Lady Macbeth has organised it all so the scene is clear for him, how can Macbeth disappoint her when she has tried so hard? The fourth Soliloquy Act 3 Scene 1. In this scene Banquo becomes suspicious of Macbeth, whilst Macbeth arranges for Banquo and his son Fleance to be murdered as they are threats to his throne. We find out just how much Macbeth is willing to betray people so he can stay safe. ...read more.

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Macbeth believes that all the other people deserve death more than he does, He believes it well do better upon them for they have a soul. Macbeth is showing how selfish and obstinate he can be. Macbeth's personality has changed quite a lot since the start of the play, he has became egocentric, obsessed with keeping hold of the throne and overall controlled, he has been controlled by his greed for power and honour. Malcom's men Macduff and his soldiers enter Dunsinane castle. Macduff was delivered prematurely at birth from Caesarean section which makes him a man born not from a woman. When Macbeth finds out that Macduff was delivered by Caesarean he describes his feelings to Macduff- "For it hath cow'd my better part of man" Macduff's words had disheartened Macbeth's courage. Macduff calls Macbeth a coward, which is an attack on Macbeth's bravery so Macbeth says out to Macduff "Yet I will try the last. Before my body, I throw my warlike shield." Macbeth gives in to the taunts of Macduff and says to him that he will make a final attempt and fight with Macduff. Macbeth is slayed and his body is taken away. The play ends with a celebration in which Malcom is proclaimed as the new king of Scotland. People at the celebration discuss of how Macbeth got what he deserved, he paid his debt. The cursed head of Macbeth is brought in to the room by Macduff and everybody calls out to Malcom "Hail, King Of Scotland" I believe Shakespeare had a meaning behind this play, that the pure greed and lust for something can control a person's world and tear it apart. In each soliloquy throughout the play Macbeth Shakespeare has shown how unsure Macbeth has been about his thoughts, desires and his actions. I believe in the end Macbeth got what he deserved as he had killed an innocent person which was unwise, and because of this he ignorantly tore his life up into pieces ?? ?? ?? ?? Laurie Lyster 10 St Dominic Coursework ...read more.

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