Macbeth paper One of the hardest questions to ask from reading the play Macbeth is who is more immoral, Macbeth or Lady Macbeth? By the end of the play, Macbeth is the more immoral one. He does not show any regret for the murders of Duncan or Banquo at the end of the play. Macbeth murders his way to the throne, even by killing his best friend Banquo. It takes someone very selfish to murder his or her best friend, no matter how big of a prize there is. For Macbeth, the prizes were how he worried if people would find out about the murders he committed and how to keep himself as the king. For Lady Macbeth, it is about her keeping her role as queen. From the beginning of the play until the end, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth exchange roles of good and evil. In regards to the death of King Duncan, Macbeth at first was very nervous and anxious about murdering him, but with the help from Lady Macbeth, he conquered his fear and killed him. The initial plan was for Macbeth to murder Duncan, without Lady Macbeth pressuring him to do it Macbeth would not have followed through with his plan. Before the murder happened Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had a conversation and Lady Macbeth stated, “When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And to be more than what you were, you would/ Be so much more the man.” (1.7.56-58) By Lady Macbeth convincing him and saying he would be more a man if he followed through with the murder, Macbeth felt more pressure to follow through. This proves that with the stress Lady Macbeth was putting on Macbeth, at this point makes Lady Macbeth seem more like the villain. Immediately after Macbeth killed Duncan he felt extremely guilty and thought to himself, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood/ Clean from my hand/ No, this my hand will rather/ the multitudinous seas incarnadine, / Making the green one red.” (2.2.79-81) this quote proves that after Macbeth kills Duncan he has signs of immediate guilt and regret. He thinks no matter how hard he tries, the blood of Duncan will never wash off his hands. As for the murder of Banquo, this shows a medium of Lady Macbeth not being in on the plan, therefore having no initial reaction but as Macbeth’s wife, she covers for him and Macbeth slowly starting to become evil. As Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are having a conversation after the murder of Banquo, Macbeth confesses, “I am in blood/ Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” (3.4.168-170) By Macbeth stating this, he is saying how he has already committed so many crimes to stay king, he does not necessarily feel as emotionally effected by them anymore. That proves how from his initial feelings towards murder to the feelings he is experiencing now have changed negatively. However, for Lady Macbeth, she did not know about the murder until after it happened and did not have a big reaction to the murder of Banquo. Finally, at the end of the play, you see the biggest switch of good and evil between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth by the way each of them dies. As Macbeth is getting ready for battle, the…
THE SHAKESPEARE TASK-RELATIONSHIP
In this assessment I am going to write about the dramatic exchanges between Macbeth (husband) and Lady Macbeth (wife) as seen in the text and portrayed on screen. In the beginning of the play before Macbeth becomes king they both share a loving and a strong bond between them. However nearly at the end of the play the relationship which was once strong between them both had been weakened as the couple stop talking to each other and also the couples stop sharing…
January 16, 2014
The Feminist Theory of Macbeth
Shakespeare's Macbeth is a tragedy that represent the action of male and female power, a play
which seems to dramatize the deep divisions that characterize malefemale relationships in all his plays
of Lady Macbeth, that her sole purpose throughout the play is "that of overcoming the scruples of her
ambitious and yet tenderminded husband.She is ready to sacrifice even her womanly to her murderous…
need only allude to the circumstances attending the murder of Duncan, the dagger that hovers before the eyes of Macbeth, the vision of Banquo at the feast, the madness of Lady Macbeth; what can possibly be said on the subject that will not rather weaken the impression they naturally leave? Such scenes stand alone, and are to be found only in this poet; otherwise the tragic muse might exchange her mask for the head of Medusa. (pp. 407-10)
Source: August Wilhelm Schlegel, Criticisms on Shakspeare's Tragedies…
image of blood being poisoned by greed in “Macbeth”. Blood imagery traces the transformation of once valiant Macbeth and how he leaves a trail of red leading down to his end as a greedy and evil tyrant.
Bravery, reason, and respect are in Macbeth’s blood, but it fuels his effusive ambition, eventually leading to the first drops of blood on his hands. Macbeth always fights for his king, even facing the deadliest of foes directly. He is known as “brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)…” (I, ii, 18)…
Essential Question: Is Lady Macduff justified in her angered feelings about Macduff?
Directions for Vocabulary: Vocabulary words have been defined for you. Copy down the line, who said it and the meaning of the line now that you know a vocabulary.
Vocabulary: (L 4a)-I will be able to use context as a clue to find the meaning of a word or phrase
Act. IV sc.II: Meaning of the Line
Vocabulary Word + Who said it + Quoted Line
Laudable-(adj) praiseworthy ; commendable
Who said it: Lady Macduff
disgrace could see them marginalised from upper society.
However, in typical aristocratic behaviour, Ferdinand would rather crack my sinews, break my back', than allow Miranda to suffer such dishonour.'
Prospero, from aside, remarks upon the exchange between the couple and says that they are infected'; therefore implying that love is a sickness, which weakens a person. The concept of the Elizabethan Chain of Being is used to help the modern audience understand Prospero's statement as emotions…
in the reader)
3. Tragicomedy blending of tragedy and comedy in one play
ex. Merchant of Venice
3 types of tragedy
1. Revenge ex.
The Spanish Tragedy
2. De Casibus charts rise & fall of powerful person (ex. Julius Caesar,
3. Domestic shows disintegration of family (O)
Types of Characters
1. Flat same throughout story
2. Dynamic starts off one way and ends up opposite undergo a change
3. Round multidimensional, good traits & bad traits
4. Static background character & supporting role…
English Literature, 1500-1900, 41.2 (2001), 317-334
Snyder, Susan, 'Mamillius and Gender Polarization in The Winter's Tale', Shakespeare Quarterly, 50.1 (1999), 1-8
Lamb, Mary E., 'Engendering the Narrative Act: Old Wives' Tales in The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, and The Tempest', Criticism, 14 (2002), 28-43
Week 6: Hamlet
David Bevington, Shakespeare’s Ideas (Hoboken, 2009)
Mark Thornton Burnett (ed.), New Essays on Hamlet (New York, 1994).
Paul Cantor, Hamlet (Cambridge, 1989).…