Is Macbeth a cold blooded murderer or
Is Macbeth a cold blooded murderer or a man possessed by supernatural events beyond his control? Is Macbeth a cold blooded murdered or a man who cannot control his actions. Macbeth was a brave soldier who fought for his country but everything changed when he met the witches. Are the witches responsible for the murders carried out by Macbeth? I am also going to look at the evidence of the witches influence. Did the witches really know what was going to happen? Was Macbeth responsible for the murder of King Duncan? What part did Lady Macbeth play in the murder? In doing this essay I am going to find out if Macbeth was a cold heartless murdered or if he was controlled by the witches. Macbeth was a brave and ambitious soldier who fought for his country. He showed a lot of strength and courage. At the beginning of the play there is a war going on. Macbeth and his good friend Banquo are fighting for their army. The Scottish army have won the war and new gets back to the King that Macbeth showed bravery. King Duncan asks Ross to call Macbeth over as he is going to be titled 'Thane of Cawdor' Act 1 scene 2 65 - 67 "No more that Thane of Cawdor. And with his former title greet Macbeth." The King appreciates what Macbeth has done. In Act 1 scene 3, there is a sign of evil as there is thunder on the moor. The witches are preparing the meet Macbeth who is travelling
Act 4 scene 3 of “Romeo and Juliet” is very emotional and dramatic. Write about what happens in this scene and how it fits in with the rest of the play.
Act 4 scene 3 of "Romeo and Juliet" is very emotional and dramatic. Write about what happens in this scene and how it fits in with the rest of the play. In my essay, I shall write about certain features of the performance "Romeo and Juliet" by the distinguished dramatist William Shakespeare. "Romeo and Juliet" falls into one of three main categories of Shakespeare's plays, as it is a tragedy. A tragedy is a play with an unhappy ending usually due to a fatal flaw in the main character(s). This in turn leads to a final catastrophe, which brings the tragedy to an end. In particular, I shall focus on Act 4 Scene 3, which is a very dramatic and emotional scene. I shall state the ways in which this is achieved and the ways in which the play is effective as a tragedy. Additionally, I shall cross-reference this scene with other events in the play to show how they contribute to the emotion and drama of Act 4 Scene 3 and in doing so I shall write about the ways in which this scene fits in with the rest of the play. Lastly, I shall try and direct Act 4 Scene 3 with the intention of showing the ways in which this scene is emotional and dramatic and attempt to make it even more gripping for any potential audience. The first thing to understand when writing my essay is the actual plot of "Romeo and Juliet." "Romeo and Juliet" takes place in the Italian City of Verona, where two
Examine the character of lord capulet
Examine the character of Lord Capulet. Is the audience surprised by his violent outburst against Juliet in Act III, Scene 5 or do we expect this reaction? They play Romeo and Juliet, was written by William Shakespeare in 1594/5. It was set in Verona about 100 years before 1594. In this time fathers were the sole provider for the family and their children were their possessions especially daughters and they are to do as they are told and obey their fathers at all costs. In act III Scene 5 Juliet refuses to marry Paris, he insults her he says "Out you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage! You tallow-face!" he also says "Hand thee, Young baggage, disobedient wretch!" he threatens that if she doesn't marry Paris he will disown her and never talk to her again. Our first impression of lord Capulet are that he likes to fight he says "Give me my long sword" this shows he has a violent streak he also think that Montague is spiting hi this indicates that he is a proud man and he doesn't like to be spited. In act I Scene 2 the audiences sees a different side of Lord Capulet he says that him and Lord Montague are both old enough to know how to keep the peace, and that they are old enough to know better. In this scene Paris asks for Juliet's hand in marriage and Lord Capulet says that he feels Juliet is too young to get married, but he says "woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart"
'Do you think that Lady Macbeth is a good wife to an ambitious husband? You should refer in some detail to her words and actions.'
'Do you think that Lady Macbeth is a good wife to an ambitious husband? You should refer in some detail to her words and actions.' Lady Macbeth from my point of view is an excellent wife for an ambitious husband; we can see much evidence of this in the play Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most famous and frightening female characters. When we first see her, she is already plotting King Duncan's murder, and she is stronger, more ruthless, and more ambitious than her husband. Lady Macbeth is a controversial figure. She is seen by some as a woman of strong will who is ambitious for herself and who is astute enough to recognise her husband's strengths and weaknesses, and ruthless enough to exploit them. They see her in her commitment to evil and in her realisation that the acquisition of the Crown has not brought her the happiness she had expected, and finally, as one who breaks down under the strain. Others see her as a woman ambitious for her husband whom she loves. She recognises the essential good in him, and feels that, without her, he will never win the Crown. Lady Macbeth wants to throw out her morality for the sake of gaining a title. With the help of invisible sprits, she wants to make herself able to commit a murder to make her dreams of the royal life come true, without having reservations or remorse. She approaches Macbeth with the idea that she
Critically analyse the powerplay evident in Julius Caesar and in two other related texts.
Critically analyse the powerplay evident in Julius Caesar and in two other related texts A.I. Solzhenitsyn once said, "You can have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power." This statement alerts us that to possess power, we must not act in favour of ourselves, but for others. Power is a very complex theme that is present in history as well as the present. For people who assume power who do not understand the full implications of it, power will corrupt to the point of destruction. This can be seen evidently in Julius Caesar, The Wyrd Sisters and the collapse of Enron. Power is dealt with by several major characters throughout Julius Caesar. It can be clearly seen to shift through the hands of the protagonists in a variety of forms. The diagram below illustrates the shift of power: Ceasar v Conspirators v Brutus v Antony v Octavius At the commencement of the play, Caesar is the most powerful man in Rome. This is shown to us through his confidence in speaking to a fiscal audience. He had clearly been in such a high position of power for some time. However, as the play carries on, we can see that he has started to become affected by his power. Minute signs of arrogance are apparent through the use of the third person singular "Caesar" instead of the 1st person
Love, Hate and Destiny are key themes in 'Romeo and Juliet'. Discuss how these themes are explored in Act 1 of the play.
Love, Hate and Destiny are key themes in 'Romeo and Juliet'. Discuss how these themes are explored in Act 1 of the play. In the late 15th Century and in the Middle Ages there was the idea of 'Courtly love' which is a set of rules and expectations, which is to be followed in a marriage. Love and marriage was an important thing and people had tended to have arranged marriages by their parents. They also tended to marry at a young age. In Italy the girls also had little or no say in the choice of a husband, the husband also would be from a suitable rich family. In Romeo and Juliet the same marriage is expressed in the book, but Romeo and Juliet abide the rules and fall in love with each other. The two couldn't be with each other because of the rivalry between the two families, so therefore kill themselves. Love, hate and destiny are key themes of the play because the themes are expressed most in the play and the themes are expressed between the two families. In the prologue it summarises what the story is about. It also mentions on how two people fall in love `A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life'. In Act one scene one it is mostly about hate because there is a feud between the two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. There also is a lot of tension as Tybalt arrives for the Capulets who hates the Montagues the most and dares Benevolio to fight. `What, art
Romeo and Juliet - Is Act 1 Scene 5 and effective piece of drama
Why is Act 1 Scene 5 an effective piece of drama? The purpose of this coursework is to analyse one of the most famous and moving scenes in William Shakespeare's playwrights and for sure the most emotional one in 'Romeo and Juliet'. I will start to give some background information about the play and the social and historical context, afterwards I will continue and try to reflect on the characters, structure and language. It is always important to take into consideration that Shakespeare was a practical theatre writer having in mind the real Globe Theatre in Bankside. The evidence suggests that it was a three-story, open-air amphitheatre that could house around 3,000 spectators. The cheapest tickets cost one penny and were in the yard, this was in front of the stage. The balcony housed the musicians and could also be used for scenes requiring an upper space, such as the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. The difference between the theatres today and the special quality was - apart from the buildings - the proximity from the audience and the actors. Everyone was allowed to see Shakespeare's plays and people liked to see the world of rich families combined with a drama. The play starts with a prologue where the audience finds the storyline out. The show plays in the Italian city of Verona, where two rich families with their whole household are living. The Capulets and
Discuss and evaluate how Shakespeare uses language to present the character of Othello in Act 1 Scene 3, Act 3 Scene 3 and Act 4 scene 1.
Discuss and evaluate how Shakespeare uses language to present the character of Othello in Act 1 Scene 3, Act 3 Scene 3 and Act 4 scene 1. The play "Othello" was written by William Shakespeare in the 17th century. The most important character, Othello, is the eponymous hero of the play. A hero that is broken down from such a high status to a status that isn't dissimilar from an animal's, a 'Barbary horse' for example, a remark that reduces Othello's humanity and is ironically made by Iago, at the beginning of the play, the man that contributes significantly to Othello's tragic downfall. The play is set in Venice and is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragic dramas. Venice was a unique city, it was small but 500 years ago it was one of the great trading centers of the known world. Her power spread far. The enemies of this empire were the Turks. Christian civilisation was at risk because of this. The brave soldier Othello, classed as an outsider because of his North African roots, was a strategic thinker employed to defend Venice and the Christian Civilisation that he represents. Shakespeare uses Othello's language to create a conflict of interest, because society at the time resented people of colour, however Othello's persona and manner, at the beginning of the play, appeals to the Shakespearean audience and they begin to like him. Towards the end of the play, this changes and
Analyse the methods Iago uses to bring about Othello's downfall. On what kind of weaknesses does he prey to control Othello. Focus particularly on Act3 scene 3.
Analyse the methods Iago uses to bring about Othello's downfall. On what kind of weaknesses does he prey to control Othello. Focus particularly on Act3 scene 3. Act 3 scene 3 is described as the pivotal point of Shakespeare's Othello; before this scene Othello is at peace of mind and content with his life. He is the Moor and very successful at his job. He recently married Desdemona daughter of a white senator Brabantio. Desdemona secretly married Othello, as her father would disapprove of her marrying a black person; so she has been disloyal to her father and family. Iago Othello's Ancient secretly loathes Othello and vows to bring him down, but Othello completely trusts Iago and believes that he is a very honest man. Iago also hates Cassio who is Othello's lieutenant. He uses the kind loving, trusting and loving natures of these main characters to try and get what he wants. He manipulates every word that is said and twists it to create a rift between the other characters. He feeds these lies to Othello and uses his jealousy and undying love for Desdemona to bring about Othello's downfall. During act 3 scene 3 Iago begins his plan to ruin Othello. He starts to question Desdemona and Cassio's relationship by example of her being deceitful to her father when she married Othello. This starts the ball rolling and from this moment forth Othello's character changes and heads for a
Symbols within the play Macbeth
MACBETH ESSAY Macbeth had many symbols, which were linked to the themes in the play. One of the symbols would be blood, and the theme to follow through with it is murder, and the dread associated with murder. A lot of the scenes in the play, involving killing, have blood stated. Blood is a significant symbol, when connected to the theme of killing, and is used as a foreshadowing device as well. The first reference of blood is one of honor, and occurs when Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says, "What bloody man is that?"(Act 1 Sc ii, line 1). This is symbolic of the brave fighter who has been injured in a heroic battle for his country. In the next passage, in which the sergeant says, "Which smok'd with bloody execution"(Act 1 Sc ii, line 18), he is referring to Macbeth's braveness. After that, Shakespeare exploits blood as a symbol, takes place in Act 2, when Macbeth is preparing to kill Duncan. He imagines a dagger, a bloody dagger at that, pointing towards Duncan's room. Macbeth describes it "And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, which was not so before...It is the bloody business which now informs thus to mine eyes." (Act 2, Scene ii, 55-58). In this scene, the blood foreshadows, that Macbeth is about to kill Duncan. It also reflects on his state of mind, where he fears of killing Duncan, because his mind is playing tricks on him. Shakespeare most likely put