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    How does Lady Macbeth persuade Macbeth to kill the King?

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    All Lady Macbeth has to do is come up with the plan and get Macbeth to carry it out. Lady Macbeth talks to Macbeth when he arrives at the castle and tells him of the plan to kill the King. She says "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under 't. This metaphor creates an image that means welcome Duncan into the castle and be all welcoming on the outside but underneath be evil, think you are going to kill him.

    • Word count: 922
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    Macbeth- Good vs evil

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    Duncan tells Macbeth that he deserves more thanks that it's possible to give for saving Duncan, by fighting for Scotland. Duncan thinks Macbeth is a heroic soldier. He thinks Macbeth is brave and courageous and he trusts him. Duncan and Macbeth have a good relationship and both respect each other. Duncan is happy to have such a wonderful man to be one of his soldiers, and Macbeth is pleased to be a soldier for King Duncan. The witches play an important role in corrupting Macbeth.

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    How does shakespeare represent women in macbeth?

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    One other mysterious point was where the witches spoke in riddles in which to confuse Macbeth's mind. This is shown continuously; however one of the riddles describes Macbeth turning from thane of Glamis, to thane of Cawdor then to king "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor" "all hail that shall be king hereafter." This shows that the witches were also supernatural as they could see the future. In the Shakespearean times this was seen as superstitious and at the current time king James was very aware of witches. So aware that that he had a law passed that if you had skin like a dead person, that you were accused of witchcraft.

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    Pygmalion: In what way or ways does Eliza change over the course of the play?

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    When Eliza Doolittle appears herself in Chapter 1, she was just same shape as other low class people. She wore same thing as other low class people wear, and looks dirty because she did not wash her body. In linguistically, her pronunciation and grammar were terrible, and she has a London accent, so it was hard to understand her talking. However, although she was lower class people, she was always proud, and did not afraid to the other person. This quote expresses how she thinks herself; "I'm good girl, I am!". Most of main characters are shown in Chapter 1, such as Eliza, Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering.

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    Is Macbeth a horrible monster of is he a sensitive man - a victim of the witches, chance, his wife, and his own ambitions? In a curious way is he both?!

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    The witches meet on the heath as previously planned, Macbeth and his companion Banquo stubble across the woman. They are completely oblivious to the fact that the witches have been waiting for them. This scene is the most critical so far and lays the foundation for the changes in Macbeth's unblemished persona. The witches say firstly to Macbeth "All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis". This does not perturb Macbeth as he already holds the title of Thane of Glamis, inherited from his father.

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    What dramatic techniques are used in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

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    Examples of setting the scene within Act 1 are where Scene 1 starts with "A desolate place". This conveys to readers that at that moment in the play, the characters are in a gloomy and foul place. This can indicate that something unpleasant is going to happen. The conversation between the witches in Scene 1 mentions Macbeth, but they say nothing else about him. They conversation connotes to readers that again, something bad is going to happen. This is because generally, witches were thought of as evil beings.

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    Shakespeare's use of imagery in 'Macbeth'

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    O Cicero! I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds Have riv'd the knotty oaks; and I have seen Th' ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam, To be exalted with the threat'ning clouds; But never till tonight, never till now, Did I go through a tempest dropping fire. Either there is a civil strife in heaven, Or else the world, too saucy with the gods, Incenses them to send destruction." (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 3). When the witches meet with Macbeth and Banquo (Act 1, Scene 3)

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    Look at Macbeth’s Monologue in Act III Scene I, what do we learn about Macbeth?

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    Macbeth then talks about how the witches have predicted that Macbeth will have no children and his crown is "fruitless", and he has a "barren sceptre" meaning that he will not pass on his crown to anyone in his family. He then says that he only murdered Duncan for Banquo's children, as they will be the next kings, and it was only for them he gave his soul to the devil and only for them he has become a more evil and treacherous man.

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    A letter from Lady Macbeth to her husband.

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    How long ago this all seems now. I wish we could return tothat happiness, but it is all too late. I have ruined everything you worked so hard for. You were a role model to everyone who knew you. Well respected, brave and loyal, you served your country and gained the trust of our king. He rewarded you well and would have rewarded you further, but now I' ve destroyed everything. I am filled with pain and anguish and hopeless despair and all I can offer you is that when I am gone it may relieve some of the guilt I have put upon your soul.

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    Creative writing - Macbeth on trial

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    "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!" "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!" After They Showed Me A Couldron, I then spent most of the day unconscious on the floor of the cave. I awoke to find myself alone. Unawhere of the fate that cloned me, I was under their iriputable power of ambition. Carry on sir! Well no sooner had I got back to my tent, Duncan came with his guards and messenger and gave me the medallion to be the Thane of Glamis and I was told I was also the thane of Cawdor due to an evil happening at Duncan's castle.

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    The Macbeths. There are many similarities between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Both are characterized as very ambitious.

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    When they heard the witch's prophecy about Macbeth's becoming king, it was easy for them to believe since they wanted this to be true. You can see this in Macbeth's letter, "what greatness is promised thee," and with Lady Macbeth who also thought the prophecy was an inevitable promise, saying that Macbeth will become "what thou art promised" (Act 1, Scene V).

    • Word count: 468
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    Discuss the Role of the Witches in Macbeth

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    Their presence in the first scene creates an evil atmosphere there is thunder and lightening. Shakespeare use pathetic phallacy to enhance the sense of evil, the witches create. Shakespeare uses rhyming couplets like, "hurly and burly". They use rhyming couplets in this giving a rhyming effect. In Act 1 Scene 3, Shakespeare once again presents the witches as 'instrument of darkness' by having them discuss the mischief and evil they have created, which tells the audience that Scene 3 the witches are present in a abandoned place called 'The Heath' also there is thunder which are all instrument of darkness. When Banquo see the witches he say, "So withered and so wild in their attire".

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    What are our first impressions of Lady Macbeth and how does Shakespeare create them in the audiences mind in Act 1?

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    Whilst waiting for Macbeth to arrive, after hearing from the messenger, she delivers her famous speech where she begs "you spirits, that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty". This means she would rather get rid of her natural femininity, so she can do the downright horrible deed of murdering King Duncan. This shows the ruthlessness of the Lady, and that she would do anything to get what she wants; we can already see very early in the scene that she definitely has an evil side and could even be compared to the three witches Macbeth previously met.

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    Explore the importance of the first of Macbeths soliloquies showing how Shakespeare creates its dramatic and poetic power

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    He creates an argument in which he debates the advantages and disadvantages of the assassination. During this speech, the audience is shown a side to Macbeth that contradicts our first impression of him, as a brave and fearless warrior. This soliloquy gives us a glimpse of the vulnerability of Macbeth and how neurotic he can be. Already, ideas of how the plot of Macbeth will follow are forming i.e. this soliloquy foreshadows the rest of the play. Macbeth's argument is structured into four parts. Each section has Macbeth thinking through the different kinds of reasons for and against the King's murder and Shakespeare uses different techniques to portray moods and feelings.

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    Macbeth's Diary.

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    I was waiting anxiously for my Lady to sound the bell that called me to do the deed. But before she did, a symbol of the supernatural appeared before my eyes. The dagger of the mind captured me and the handle was to my hand yet I couldn't grasp it, but I could see thee still. I knew not whether to follow or to discard it from my eyes, but the false creation remained. As I stepped closer to Duncan's room, I thought that I would panic and freeze, but when I got nearer, a sickening thought made me feel like I was doing the right thing!

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  16. Banquo's Murder from the Murderers Perspective

    That is when it all changed. At first we thought that our life had changed and we could finally quit our profession because no one liked it. It was a cruel job that made you feel guilty and the only thing that kept me going was the thought of my children starving if I didn't. Anyway we met with Macbeth and he told me he needed two people murdered. First he said that he wanted a man called Banquo killed. However I had heard that this was one of Macbeth's friends so I was curious at this point although I didn't question him.

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  17. To what extent is Macbeth influenced by Lady Macbeth and by the witches in the murder of Duncan?

    When they went to these voices they saw three old ugly women. The three ugly women and theses were witches. One of them said to Macbeth "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis". Then the second witch said, "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor". Than the third witch said "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter".

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  18. Explore The Ways In Which Shakespeare Makes Act III Scene 4 Lines 60 116 Such A Dramatic And Significant Moment In Macbeth.

    After Banquo's murder, he returns as a ghost to haunt Macbeth. This is showed by stage directions; where the ghost enters and exits throughout the scene. Shakespeare does this to scare Macbeth and make him suffer the consequence of killing him. The themes are also in contrast to the previous scenes, where Macbeth is feeling confident. When Banquo is killed, there is an action scene with a triumphant theme. This shows that a contrast of fixed themes can really express a scene with a lot more drama and interest than a scene where there is no emotion, when it follows a scene of importance.

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  19. Trace the development and disintegration of Macbeths Character in acts one and two. You must make detailed references to language, themes, structure, and linguistic devices and social historical context.

    One of the main themes in Macbeth is supernatural forces, this theme is performed by the three witches when they perform a spell, part of the spell is used as a quote in Macbeth 'fair is foul and foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air' this quote represents the witches supernatural being, and sets an uneasy mood. Another important theme of Macbeth is ambition, this is set by Macbeth, as the first prediction came true, and he started to believe in the prophecies.

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  20. Lady Macbeth manipulates and emasculates her husband

    His outcome shows who is in control and how much power and control she has over him. She also uses emotional blackmail to her advantage she begins to question whether he loves her or not ; " such I account thy love". lady Macbeth is very devious and exceedingly manipulative in this scene but Macbeth is still unconvinced and not sure that the plan would work " if we should fail". Lady Macbeth is sure that they will not fail, she even gives Macbeth instruction of how to carry out the murder "when Duncan is asleep..."

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  21. Macbeth: Act 7. When Lady Macbeth receives a letter from her husband relaying the story of the witches and their prophecy, she fears that Macbeth will be too loyal and good natured to murder King Duncan.

    Banquo is then told that his sons will become kings. Macbeth demands to know more but the witches disappear. Soon after, Macbeth is met by Ross - a messenger from the king - and he learns that he has become the new Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is both amazed and frightened that the prediction made by the witches has come true. Banquo has an idea that the witches may have been evil.

    • Word count: 507
  22. Macbeth is a coward, while Lady Macbeth is brave. Personally, I do not think that this is a fair comment because Macbeth does not want to go through with killing King Duncan

    In contrast, Lady Macbeth is not brave but she is definitely determined to get what she wants. She knows that once King Duncan is brutally murdered, she and Macbeth will be crowned the King and Queen of Scotland - which is what she desires. She possesses a heart filled with pure evil and she will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. Macbeth had reasons for not wanting to go through with the murder were that firstly killing Duncan would have terrible consequences.

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  23. Letter to Lady Macbeth from her husband. Whilst Banquo and I were on a heath near Forres, we came across three, peculiar weird sisters.

    As expected, I did not shake his hand nor did I bid farewell to him. Instead, I unseamed MacDonald from the nave to the chops and I fixed his head upon our battlements to declare our righteous victory. Obviously, I did not feel an ounce of fear or nervousness because I knew I was doing the right thing. The fire of my courage and braveness shone through and it was I who succeeded in battle. Whilst Banquo and I were on a heath near Forres, we came across three, peculiar weird sisters.

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  24. Macbeth summarised in poetry.

    When Macbeth tells his wife about the weird sisters, she devises a scheme to help her mister. She comes up with a plan, to make her husband king of the land. She tells Macbeth they will invite the king for dinner, and kill the king but become sinners. Macbeth agrees, for it seems that he will become king at such great ease. At the final moment Macbeth backs out, which makes Lady Macbeth shout. She questions his manly hood, and says she would kill king Duncan if she could. Macbeth goes to kill Duncan while Lady Macbeth waits, to determine their fate.

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  25. The Reversal of the roles in Macbeth

    Firstly, through the structure of the dialogue, Shakespeare effectively conveys Macbeth as the more domineering and authoritative character. In Act 1 Scene 7, where Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth of his ability to murder Duncan, she is the prevailing speaker in the dialogue, and Macbeth interjects with short sentences infrequently.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • To what extent does Shakespeare portray the character of Macbeth as a war hero(TM) turned evil murderer(TM)?

    "In conclusion I think that the witches' equivocations acted as the initial stimulus to Macbeth. They were the ones who first planted those dark thoughts into Macbeth's head, but the witches didn't tell him to murder, they only told him that he would become king. Lady Macbeth then acted as a catalyst as she manipulated Macbeth into actually killing King Duncan, and used his ego against him. There are many factors that led to Macbeth's downfall, but Macbeth's fatal flaw was his ambition, and he would not have preformed any murder if he didn't have the drive and ambition to become king."

  • Macbeth: Analyse and compare two scenes in William Shakespeare's Macbeth that show the audience the change in the balance of power, in their relationship, between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

    "In conclusion despite there being many other themes in this play in my chosen scenes the one of power stands out a great deal. They show well how Lady Macbeth has the majority of power during the beginning of the play but as it continues she loses it quickly to Macbeth. He seems to gain the power of the country around the same time that he gains it over the relationship, however because the switch in power of the relationship is not as obvious as the switch in power of the country we are unable to determine which followed which. Laura Mann 10E"

  • To what extent do you agree with Malcolm's description of Lady Macbeth as a "fiend like queen"?

    "In conclusion I believe that Malcolm's description of her as a "fiend-like queen", is not a n entirely accurate representation of Lady Macbeth, contrary to my initial impression of her. This remark may have some truth to it as Lady Macbeth did manipulate Macbeth into doing the things he did, but she does realise finally the enormity what she has done. She regrets her actions and I don't think that regret is something that a 'fiend' would feel. The witches can be seen as more responsible for Macbeth's actions as they gave him the thought of murder even though it was Lady Macbeth that spurred him on. She died what she did out of love for her husband, so I don't think she is truly evil just someone overcome by ambition for her husband, who acted without thing of the consequences. Her final remorse reveals her human side rather than her 'fiend-like' qualities."

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