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  1. Responsibility of Macbeth's Death

    In my opinion Macbeth should have let time take it's affect on him rather than him committing a crime which will haunt him with deadly consequences. After all, the witches never said how Macbeth was to become king so maybe murder should have never been thought of. Banquo fears the Three Witches: "And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray In deepest consequence." The instruments of darkness such as the Three Witches often tell us meaningless truths in order to later betray us most damagingly later.

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  2. To what extent was Macbeth the architect of his own downfall?

    The witches play a key part in the play and are the representation of evil in mankind. Although witches are mythical beings now, back when the play was written they were very real. These witches represent evil in the play as well and are the ones responsible for causing all of Macbeth's and all subsequent problems. From the beginning of the play it is made clear that they gain nothing from harming Macbeth and only wish to bring harm to other people.

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  3. Lady Macbeth's Speech

    When Lady Macbeth receives the fatal letter from Macbeth she immediately begins to think of the future, not taking into account the incredible consequences involved in carrying out her desires. Her speech in Act 1, Scene 5 illustrates those desires effectively. At the opening of her speech she states that, "The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements." The significance of this line is that she plans to kill Duncan and that the raven, symbolizing evil, announces Duncan's upcoming date with death.

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  4. Explore the relationship between Machbeth and lady Macbeth

    over to her side, which expresses the fact that Lady Macbeth is more ambitious for her husband than for herself, as her speech contains mostly 'thou' than 'I'. This draws the audience to her focus when she learns of the royal prophecies, that Her becoming Queen comes second to Macbeth becoming King, therefore expressing her husbands needs before hers. Lady Macbeth also successfully moulds Macbeth, to be the man that he and as well she wanted him to be, in order to prosperously complete the 'assasination' of King Duncan.

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  5. Shakespeares dramatisation of scenes of persuasion

    to this Lady Macbeth responds by saying. "But screw your courage to the wall/ and we'll not fail." By this, Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth that if he musters all his courage and uses it to murder Duncan then he is effectively ruling out the possibility of failure, and that he won't fail if he puts his mind to it and that once the murder has been committed he can place the knives into the hands of one of Duncan's guards who would be asleep, who can later be framed for the murder of King Duncan: "What not put upon his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt/ Of our great quell?"

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  6. Macbeth. Before we meet Macbeth , we form an opinion of him based on what other people say about him

    he thinks he's taking someone else's tittle of them because he says; " I know I'm thane of Glamis but how Cawdor the thane of Cawdor lives" Then he wants to know more of what the witches said to him. "Stay you imperfect speakers tell me more." he gets tempted about what they said to him. "If good why do to that suggestion." This shows that he'd like to be king then he thinks of murder. "My thought whose murder yet is but fantastical." This suggests he wants to murder the current king of Scotland, to get what he wants.

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  7. Macbeth : Who was responsible for King Duncans murder?

    She says that he lacks 'the illness' that should attend the ambition. She also thinks that Macbeth's nature 'is too full o' the milk of human kindness'. This shows us that Macbeths natural instincts would be to leave this prophecy and wait for it to come to him, not commit the murder. Therefore, we could argue that Macbeth is a kind-hearted man who was innocently wound up and captured in his wife's evil plans of regicide. We can see this supported hugely when Macbeth is reluctant to carry out the murder and refuses to do so.

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  8. What response does Shakespeare(TM)s presentation of the supernatural provoke in the audience and how does he achieve this?

    Of the supernatural phenomenon evident in Macbeth the witches are perhaps the most important. The witches in the story are like prophets, foretelling Macbeth's future, or perhaps they can be considered harbingers of doom. They seem to enjoy playing with Macbeth's mind. The witches represent Macbeth's evil ambitions. They are the catalysts which unleash Macbeth's evil aspirations. He wants to know the answers to his questions regardless of whether the consequence is violent and destructive to nature. Perhaps the most intimidating aspect of the witches' characters is the alarming fashion in which they chant in: "Thrice to thine, and thrice to mine/ And thrice again to make up nine."

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  9. Discuss the roles of the witches in Macbeth

    3, lines 71-75) to saying "Two truths are told / As happy prologues to the swelling act / Of the imperial theme" (lines 128-130). His use of the word imperial, which usually means something involving the empire or emperor, suggests that he is now thinking of ruling the country. At this point we may wonder whether or not the witches intend for Macbeth to interpret their prophecies in the way that he does, which results in Duncan's murder; how far can they be considered morally neutral?

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  10. Lady Macbeth- good or bad?

    She was overly-ambitious. She knew that Macbeth would not agree as she says, "Yet do I fear thy nature. It is full of the milk of human kindness" so she tried to think of ways to persuade him to go through with it. She said to him that if he did not kill Duncan he would not be a man. This suggests that she was very possessive and controlling and manipulative over her husband. It also suggests that Macbeth was a very loyal and valiant man but Lady Macbeth made him bad.

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  11. Macbeth

    The play is set during the battle between the Scottish army and Norway, around the beginning of the eleventh century. Some of the main characters of the play are real. Duncan I was King of Scotland in that period, one of his generals being Macbeth. What actually hapenned in the real world back then is very similar to the storyline. Macbeth killed the king, but eventually got murdered himself by Malcom, who was one of the king's sons. The elementary difference between the play and history is the personality of the characters.

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  12. MacBeth - how setting, characters and literacy devices are used to make Act 1 Scene 5 dramatic

    All evil in the play can originate back to the three weird sisters. The 'rooky woods', 'crows' and 'black bat' are all symbols of witchcraft. There are other supernatural elements too (for example when the weird sisters conjure up apparitions). The duality of order versus chaos runs throughout the play. The first scene opens against a chaotic backdrop of heavenly disorder, with thunder, lightning and a terrible storm. The 'witches' chant that "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" and this oxymoron sets the tone.

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  13. How does Shakespeare Make Act 1 Scene 5 in Macbeth more dramatic for the audience?

    Lady Macbeth then shows that she doubts Macbeth's nature and doesn't think that he has what it takes to gain the kingship. "It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way". This creates tension and excitement for the audience upon seeing a hint of Lady Macbeth's evil characteristics. Lady Macbeth shows her complete faith in the witches and the supernatural. "And shalt be what thou art promised" Lady Macbeth is plotting and identifying Macbeths weaknesses before she is interrupted by the attendant who tells her that the king is coming "the king comes here tonight".

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  14. How did Shakespeare appeal to his audience, both in the 17th century, and in the modern era?

    The scene ends with Macbeth ordering to ring alarms. The main characters in Act 1, Scene 3 are the witches, Macbeth and Banquo. The witches seem like a big contradiction. The first witch told a story about torturing a sailor to death because his wife refused to give her chestnuts! This shows just how evil the witches were. However, they called themselves sisters and they worked together. For example, the second and third witches offer to give the first witch wind to help. "I'll give thee a wind" (line 10).

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  15. How does Shakespeare present the changes in Lady Macbeth(TM)s character during the course of the play?

    This is where Lady Macbeth first get's the idea of her plan. When Macbeth returns back to the castle he is immediately approached by Lady Macbeth who takes him to one side and discusses her evil plan. At the start of the play we see Lady Macbeth as a manipulative character, she uses the comment "act like the flower, but be the serpent underneath" This quote sums up what she is like at the start off the play, she is basically telling Macbeth to act like a flower which indicates purity and goodness, but be a serpent (snake)

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  16. Free essay

    how does shakespeare present the witches in Macbeth and to what extent do they influence events?

    They can control the weather but only use it for bad 'in thunder lightening or in rain?' Also, they kill livestock as if it was a hobby and they do not really care. They do nothing good for Macbeth's life and know what they are doing from the start. Without the witches in the play, there would not be a story as they are behind all of the trouble. They influence Macbeth to be exceedingly power hungry and arrogant but one thing they cannot do it control people, they never actually control or give orders to Macbeth, they just 'guide' him.

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  17. How evil is presented throughout the play.

    He did this when he wrote Macbeth, as he Put witches in the play and also based the play around witches and portrayed them as personifying evil this would have appealed to King James I as he wrote a book about witches called Demonology in this book he confirmed his conspiracy about witches being evil supernatural beings that made bad things happen. Shakespeare set the play in the 12th century when it was the17th century so that he could twist the facts of what happened to get across what he wanted to say, about the plot of the witches.

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  18. Who is the Most Responsible for the Death of Duncan, the witches, Lady Macbeth or Macbeth?

    This suggests something sinister because why should they meet with Macbeth if he is good and they are evil? They do not target Banquo, but specifically Macbeth. This shows that they have chosen Macbeth for a reason, probably to do something for them. They confuse 'Fair is foul, and foul is fair' which means that foul things are desirable and fair things are not. This shows that they can see into time, as is also shown below. However, at this point Macbeth has no idea what they are and whether or not they can even speak.

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  19. Lady Macbeth - Character Change

    She shows that she feels this by saying 'I fear thy nature. It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way...' When the attendant enters the room and informs Lady Macbeth that Macbeth is approaching and that 'the King comes here tonight' she is quite rude to the attendant as if she is willing him to leave. This may be because she wants to ask evil spirits to help her with the murder, she asks them to 'unsex me here' this shows she will do almost anything for the throne and power, even give up her gender so she could be the more dominant sex.

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  20. My hands are of your colour, but I shame to wear a heart so white Discuss how Shakespeare presents the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, with particular reference to Act I Scene 7, Act II Scene 2 and Act III Scene 2.

    Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's initial roles in relation to the historical context, would have been seen as inappropriate and possibly evil. In Shakespearian times it was commonplace that the male figure of the house was the leader and women were simply 'owned' by their father or husband, yet in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, we see a reversal of this, with Lady Macbeth more dominant at the beginning and manipulating Macbeth, for her personal gain. This would make the Shakespearian audience suspicious of Lady Macbeth, because of the natural fear of witchcraft.

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  21. Macbeth

    But what are the consequences? Her proclaimed "boldness", which was a result of the drugging of the guards shows that she can easily become overwhelmed by her emotions. When Macbeth does eventually come down from the upper floor, Lady Macbeth recognises the fact that Macbeth still holds the daggers, with which he has committed the murder. She quickly becomes frustrated, and his response "Look on't again, I dare not", infuriates her further. This scene does however, show one important factor - the manipulation.

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  22. How does Shakespear potray women in Macbeth

    She does this to push Macbeth into killing the King even though he which to do it. "Was the hope drunk / Wherein you dress'd yourself? Hath it slept since?" (1.7.35-36). I think that Shakespeare does this to really show how much Lady Macbeth wants to be queen, and how eager she is and that she is prepared to not have a conscience in doing so. Act 2 Scene 2 This scene is a bit more complicated than the one before, as Shakespeare depicts Lady Macbeth as a woman with mixed emotions She says to herself, "I laid their daggers ready; He could not miss 'em.

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  23. Macbeth (Analysis of The Banquet Scene)

    The fact that Shakespeare has set the play in Scotland respected James' heritage. James' family claimed to have come from the lineage of Banquo and the prophecies of the witches that Banquo will have ancestors emphasise this. During Act III Scene IV, a banquet is held and it is the first royal occasion Macbeth hosts as King, making him and Lady Macbeth eager to impress their guests. As Macbeth greets his guests, one of the murderers appears and tells him of the successful murder of Banquo but the terrible news that Fleance, Banquo's son has escaped.

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  24. How does Shakespeare invoke a sense of evil in Macbeth?

    Concentrated evil is achieved through various characters in the play including the witches, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Indeed, evil is commonplace throughout "Macbeth", with children being slaughtered and various assassinations. Shakespeare's acclaimed inclusion of the witches is a prominent factor in the suggestion of evil throughout the piece. Indeed, immediately in the first scene, you are instantly submerged into this dire, supernaturally influenced world, plagued by the presence of these malevolent witches. Consequently, the sense of evil is evoked right from the opening of the curtains.

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  25. How Does Shakespeare Create Fear and Tension In Act II, Scenes I and II, Of Macbeth. What Advantages Would A Modern Director Enjoy When Working With These Scenes?

    In thunder, lightning or in rain?" and "When the hurly-burly's done, when the battles lost or won." The witches call upon their "familiars", "Gray malkin" and "Paddock", Gray malkin is a cat which helps witches so their evil deeds, Paddock is in the form of a hedgehog or a toad. Witches' familiars were said to be "devils in disguise". The period in which the play was performed nearly everyone believed in heaven and hell, and they lived in fear of eternal damnation, a punishment of witchcraft and demonic acts. People who went to see "Macbeth" saw in the play signs of two people demonically possessed.

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