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  • Macbeth - 1,158 words
    ... y, she kept getting worse. Toward the end of the play she was sleep walking, pretending to wash her hands, trying to get the blood the Duncan off of her. When Macbeth asked the Doctor to heal her, he replied that because she was sick in the head, she had to heal herself. Then, shortly after, Lady Macbeth killed herself. It is obvious that the murder of Duncan was emotionally to distressing for Lady Macbeth to handle. The murder of Duncan in Macbeth's eyes, I believe, was kind of an awakening of his evil capabilities. Soon after the murder, Macbeth and his wife switched their personalities. Where Macbeth was scared and distressed before the murder, he was willing and eager to kill again v ...
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  • Macbeth - 684 words
    Macbeth During the Elizabethan Age, Shakespeare was the greatest author and drama writer. He wrote such masterpiece tragedies such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Othello. Perhaps the greatest of them all is the story of Macbeth. In the play, the first Thane of Cawdor, Duncan, Banquo, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth all are considered to have flaws which to a greater or lesser degree is the cause of their downfall. In the second scene of the play you learn that Scotland is in war with Norway. King Duncan has learned that the First Thane of Cawdor was helping out the Norwegians. His assistance cost him his life. For treason, King Duncan ordered the first Thane of Cawdor to be executed and have Mac ...
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  • Macbeth - 457 words
    Macbeth MacBeth was a play about a power hungry guy that would do anything to have power, including killing people. In the play, his moves and actions were heavily influenced by others. If he had just done his own thing would he have ended up the way he did? Some of the people that had an impact on him were his wife, Lady MacBeth, the witches, and MacDuff. Without the "help" of those people would he have ended up dead? First of and foremost I think the witches, including Hectate, play the biggest role in MacBeths downfall. They almost led him up to killings but not quite. First off they great him by saying, "Thane of Glamis (which he currently is), "Thane of Cawdor" (what he should soon be), ...
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  • Macbeth - 1,213 words
    Macbeth THE NATURE OF EVIL How does the play portray evil as a perversion of human nature? Show how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have to go against their own natures in order to kill Duncan. Trace the effect the betrayal of human nature has on each of them. How does the imagery of disease function in Macbeth? Trace the way in which evil works on Macbeth and on Scotland like a sickness. Find imagery to support the idea that Malcolm and Macduff heal the country by overthrowing Macbeth. What makes Macbeth susceptible to evil? Explore the nature of Macbeth's ambition, and show how it overrides his sense of right and wrong. Evil within vs. evil without. Is evil an outside force, or does it come from ...
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  • Macbeth - 893 words
    Macbeth Re: Macbeth Re: Macbeth On March 30, Ben Glassman wrote: * A non-list friend has asked me for help on the following question: * Can anyone provide information or a bibliography on the historical * figure Macbeth? * She is especially interested in any feuds that his family might have been * engaged in. Thanks. There has been very little work done on the historical Macbeth. There is a modern work, Peter Berresford Ellis, MACBETH, HIGH KING OF SCOTLAND: 1040-1057, (Belfast: Blackstaff, 1990). Unfortunately, this is an unscholarly re-hashing of William Skene's nineteenth century work on Celtic Scotland, and should be taken with a ton of salt. It is, however, a good read, and may have lim ...
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  • Macbeth - 548 words
    Macbeth The most important emotions that we see in Macbeth are ambition, remorse, and fear. They are significant because they provoke Macbeth to do evil and cruel things. Ambition takes control of him earlier in the play when the witches tell him he is going to be king. After he already has done the deed, killed Duncan, he is remorseful for his actions. Out of fear for himself, Macbeth murdered Macduffs family and killed Banquo. Macbeth is captured by his wild ambition at the opening of the play when he and Banqou meet the three witches. The witches tell Macbeth that he is the Thane of Cawdor, and later will be king. They tell Banquo that his sons will be kings. Instantly Macbeth started to ...
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  • Macbeth - 763 words
    Macbeth What does a person must do to be considered a man? While some say that he must be ambitious, opportunist and always striving to be better, others would disagree. They say that he must be just in his actions and always honest. The definition of manhood varies from person to person. In the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare suggests that the beliefs about what a man is differs from each person through the character's conversation and actions in the play. Although Macbeth's character greatly changes throughout the play, in the beginning, he is seen as a good model of what a man should be like. Known as a "valiant cousin [and a] worthy gentlemen", Macbeth wins the great respect and admira ...
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  • Macbeth - 1,052 words
    Macbeth In William Shakespeares Macbeth, the hero evolves tragically from valours minion1 who saved his country from invaders, to a tyrant2, who had children murdered to secure his power. By definition, a tragic hero, such as Macbeth, is ruined by a fatal flaw. It is not the heart of an evil man, but rather political ambition and misplaced confidence, combined with a weakness to manipulation, that fuel this weak characters demise. Initially, Macbeth does not harbour malevolent intentions. He is Bellomas bridegroom3, a war hero viewed most admirably by his comrades and superiors. Loyal Macbeth lays his life on the line for his king and his country, hardly seeming like one who would commit reg ...
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  • Macbeth - 861 words
    Macbeth We see in the play Macbeth that when the motivation to succeed in life becomes overpowering, other people may easily influence one and elements and one may decide on wrongful actions to achieve a goal. Some of the influences on Macbeth include the witches and the apparitions, Lady Macbeth, and lastly Macbeth's own insecurities and misguided attempts to control his future. The witches and their prophecies are the first major influence on Macbeth's actions. Macbeth seems happy and content with himself until the witches tell him he will be king. He begins immediately to consider murdering Duncan. If good, why do I yield to that suggestion / Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair / And ma ...
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  • Macbeth - 526 words
    Macbeth What Transforms Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Into Tragic Figures Is The Fact That They Both Have Consciences. Discuss. At the end of Macbeth, Malcolm refers to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as, a dead butcher and a fiend like queen. Malcolm bases this judgement on the tyrannical rule and bloody murders that were a result of the Macbeths. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a brave general who is full of honour as shown in the quote What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won. Macbeths close friend Banquo is quick to realise this but his silence on the topic later results in his downfall, After becoming the Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth becomes even greedier and thinks of an evil plan. He g ...
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  • Macbeth - 376 words
    Macbeth Macbeth's choice of actions are substantially influenced by the various characters he encounters from the very beginning of the play. In the opening of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a good man. Macbeth is described as brave, valiant a good and hardy soldier also honorable, worthy and wise (I.ii.24). Only after Macbeth meets the witches that his character flaws begin to show. The witches prophecy is cause to Macbeth to think selfishly about being king, and then about the murder of Duncan. (QUOTE) Macbeth immediately becomes much more self-involved after hearing the prophecy than he was shown to be before, as the brave and selfless soldier willing to die for his country. (quote) He ...
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  • Macbeth - 514 words
    MacBeth Macbeth Historical MacBeth compared to Shakespeare's MacBeth Although most of Shakespeare's play " MacBeth " is not historically accurate, MacBeth's life is the subject of the tragedy. There are characters and events that are based on true events and real persons but, Shakespeare's "MacBeth " differs significantly from history's MacBeth. The first example of a difference between the Shakespeare "MacBeth" and historical MacBeth is the death of Duncan I. In Shakespeare's " MacBeth ", Duncan I was murdered by MacBeth. A prophecy said to MacBeth by one of the three witches "All hail, MacBeth, that shalt be King hereafter1 ." was what prompted Gruoch, MacBeth's wife to plot the murder of ...
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  • Macbeth - 1,071 words
    Macbeth 1) Early in Macbeth we see Lady Macbeth as the strong, rational, determined, ambitious, even ruthless woman ; on the other hand we see a more vacillating , fearful Macbeth. As the play progresses, we see both characters change. Discuss. In the play Macbeth we can see a change occur in both the charaters, I think that most of the change in the characters occurs when they decide to actualy go ahead with the murder of Duncan. After this murder takes place both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth seem to become in a way blood thirsty. Not for their enjoyment but for the sake of Macbeth to to become the ruler. The seem to get carried away with all the murders that they have made take place. And go o ...
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  • Macbeth - 1,719 words
    Macbeth Show how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have to go against their own natures in order to kill Duncan. Each character in Macbeth has to either fight or give in to the evil. Because evil is contrary to human nature, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have to go against their own conscience in order to murder Duncan. When the witches predict that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and later, King of Scotland, he is stunned to silence by their prophecies. When murder enters Macbeths mind he is frightened by his thoughts. He tries to reject his impulse, declaring that he will leave everything to chance: " If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me Without my stir." Very soon he begins to conf ...
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  • Macbeth - 814 words
    Macbeth Images of blood and water occur frequently throughout William Shakespeares Macbeth, the significance of which should not be overlooked. Shakespeare uses these images to portray the horror of the central action, Duncans murder. The vibrant images of blood and water also symbolize the unending guilt of the two protagonists, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The blood and water represents their inability to erase the memory of Duncans murder and the impossibility of ridding their conscience of the unscrupulous deed they committed. The blood of King Duncan becomes too powerful for any amount of water to rinse it clean from Macbeth and Lady Macbeths hands. It overpowers their ability to forget th ...
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  • Macbeth - 1,171 words
    Macbeth In all of his plays, Shakespeare uses an assortment of motifs and symbols that bear vivid imagery, almost bringing them to life, just like a character. In the tragedy Macbeth, Shakespeare does an excellent job in using the element darkness, and words associated to it, to create a type of "force" that has an impact on the characters and the play itself. When we think of the dark, what immediately comes to our minds are feelings of evilness, wickedness, and negativity. Darkness is a tool that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth use to lead them both to execute deadly, murderous acts. At first darkness is simply portrayed as a blanket to cover up a bad deed when needed. As the play progresses, dar ...
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  • Macbeth - 873 words
    Macbeth I am going to prove that in the play Macbeth, a symbol of blood is portrayed often (and with different meanings), and that it is a symbol that is developed until it is the dominating theme of the play towards the end of it. To begin with, I found the word "blood", or different forms of it forty-two times (ironically, the word fear is used forty-two times), with several other passages dealing with the symbol. Perhaps the best way to show how the symbol of blood changes throughout the play, is to follow the character changes in Macbeth. First he is a brave honoured soldier, but as the play progresses, he becomes a treacherous person who has become identified with death and bloodshed an ...
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    Macbeth In the final acts of Shakespeares Macbeth the motiff blood plays a big role. It adds drama and shows how influencial the sight of blood is to many people. For instance, on page 356,Act 5, Scene 3, .lines 17-20Macbeth say"Go prick thy face and over-red thy fear, thou lily-livered boy. What soldiers, patch? Death of thy soul! Those linen cheeks of thine Are counselors to fear. What soldiers, whey-face?" In this passage Macbeth suggests that the servant cut his face so that blood will hide his cowardice . This adds drama and states the sight of blood makes people look lss cowardly and may scare another thus giving Macbeth power over his enemy. In act 4 scene, scene 1, page 335 , lines 8 ...
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  • Macbeth - 823 words
    Macbeth During Shakespearean times, women were regarded as delicate little creatures who were there to give birth and look pretty. They were not thought to be smart or equal to men. Though in Shakespeares play, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth serves as the main influence in Macbeths life. He trusts her with everything he has. She is, after all, his "dearest partner of greatness." (I, v, 13) The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is different from others of Shakespearean time. Though he is the man, he often consults his wife before he does anything. In the beginning of the play, when the witches tell Macbeth of his promising future, Lady Macbeth is the first person he writes to. Upon hearing ...
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  • Macbeth - 398 words
    Macbeth Besides being a powerful work written by Shakespeare, Macbeth was also a gruesome tragedy about the deaths of many people including Macbeths wife. For a person that lived through such tough circumstances, the fact that Macbeth chose to describe life as "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" is no surprise. Macbeth was a corrupt man given different perspectives on life than most normal people. Life is not "a tale told by an idiot," but a truly splendid gift given from God which many people have taken the full benefits of. Love, one of the most sacred traits of life, is not a"silly" matter that can easily be forgotten. Emotions tend to play a major role i ...
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