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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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### 2nd Part of Essay ### At the beginning of Act 1, Scene 7, we see a soliloquy from Macbeth expressing his doubts about killing King Duncan. When Lady Macbeth first enters the scene he attempts to assert his power over her, perhaps for the first time, by saying ‘We will proceed no further in this business’. This adverbial phrase is a definitive statement, which is utilized by Macbeth to reinstate his power over Lady Macbeth and regain control. His hesitancy over committing regicide is evidence of the fact that he is not an innately evil person, nevertheless his overriding ambition has the power to change the man into a merciless killing machine not far from the characteristics demonstrated by the Hawk in ‘Hawk Roosting’. Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband by questioning his manhood. She insists: “When you durst do it, then you were a man”. Macbeth is a proud soldier, in a culture where men are defined by their courage and masculinity. By challenging his manhood, Lady Macbeth is in effect questioning his professional and social status. Furthermore, the slur becomes all the more effective, coming as it does from the one person who should surely be a source of admiration and tenderness rather than humiliation. It is clear that Lady Macbeth’s affections are conditional and, unless he meets her expectations, she will continue to deny his role as a protector and husband. Seeing a king being humiliated by a female would have made the Elizabethan audience particularly uncomfortable, especially given the strong patriarchal society of the time. To recap, Lady Macbeth attacks Macbeth’s masculinity to manipulate him into doing what she wants. Macbeth’s soliloquy in Act 3 Scene 1, after he has bid farewell to Banquo and Fleance, cap... ... middle of paper ... ...who lives and who dies. This illustrates the Hawk’s immense power. The Hawk’s fascist connotations are apparent throughout the play. The bird ends his monologue by stating, ‘I am going to keep things like this’. This line can be separated into two parts; the first section, ‘I am going to’ implies his intentions not to permit change. These points to the fact that he has ultimate control of his fate, his future is assured; unlike Macbeth whose fate is on the hands of others. This is followed by the words, ‘keep things like this’, which connotes that his authority and his position on top of the food chain is infallible and will remain until his death. This parallels fascist regimes where the dictator has ultimate power over his subjects and nothing can disrupt his control. The Hawk’s control over his own future is described in a way that connotes a fascist regime.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how macbeth's soliloquy at the beginning of act 1, scene 7, is a definitive statement, which is utilized to reinstate his power and regain control. his hesitancy over committing regicide is evidence of the fact that
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth manipulates her husband by questioning his manhood. the slur becomes even more effective, coming as it does from the one who should surely be a source of admiration and tenderness.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's soliloquy in act 3 scene 1, after he bid farewell to banquo and fleance, captures best his overriding ambition, which is predominant throughout the play.
  • Analyzes how macbeth combines freedom with dictatorship to subconsciously influence the murderers' decisions.
  • Analyzes how macbeth kindles in the murderers a hatred of banquo. he uses powerful metaphors to reduce the humanity of the murderers to the level of beasts.
  • Explains that macbeth's character wants to climb the social ladder, and the murderers want to gain a higher social status.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's personality is a complete contrast compared to act 1. the effects of power on him are now painfully clear.
  • Analyzes how ted hughes' "hawk roosting" deals with the themes of evil, power and human nature from the point of view of a hawk, who is power personified.
  • Analyzes how the environment proves to be a valuable ally to the hawk, providing him with ‘buoyancy’ and the ‘sun’s rays’ for stealth and camouflage.
  • Analyzes how hughes uses repetition to accentuate the hawk's dominant role. the repetition of the word ‘creation’ describes that the hawk feels as though ‘it took whole of creation’ to create his perfect form.
  • Analyzes how hughes uses the oxymoron to emphasize the hawk's questionable manners and social etiquette.
  • Analyzes how the hawk shows signs of omnipotence, his ability to decide who lives and who dies illustrates clearly his sheer power.
  • Analyzes how the hawk's fascist connotations are apparent throughout the play. the bird ends his monologue by saying, ‘i am going to keep things like this’.
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