Macbeth Reading Logs

Macbeth Reading Logs

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Macbeth Reading Logs #1

Theme: Order/Disorder
“The news of thy success; and when he reads / Thy personal venture in the rebels’ fight,” (1.3.101-103) (pg 21)

This shows disorder because there are rebels fighting. Any orderly kingdom would not have these rebels and fights going on.

“And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you / Have done to this.” (1.7.66-67) (pg 43)

Lady Macbeth is talking to Macbeth on how to kill someone. However things are getting out of hand because she threatened to smash kill the baby by smashing it.


Images: Food
“Or have we eaten on the insane root” (1.3.94) (pg 21)

The insane root is a number of plants that were believed to cause insanity when eaten. Banquo and Macbeth both cannot believe what they have just seen and heard from the Three Witches.

“This even-handed justice / Commends the ingredience of our poisoned chalice / To our own lips.” (1.7.11-13) (pg 41)

Macbeth is talking about how he will kill the man. He decides that he can poison the chalice the man will drink from and he will die from a poison.

Macbeth Reading Logs #2

Theme: Order/Disorder

“The night has been unruly. Where we lay,/ Our Chimneys were blown down, and, as they say, / Lamentings heard i’ the air, strange screams of death,/ And prophesying, with accents terrible,/ Of dire combustion and confused events/ New hatched to the woeful time. the obscure bird/ Clamored the livelong night. Some say the earth/ was feverous and did shake.” (2.3.58-65)

Chaos caused Duncan’s death. The winds are like screaming death. The owl’s scream is a sign of death and causes confusion.

Images: Food, Feasting/Hospitality
“Chief nourisher in life’s feast.” (2.2.56) (pg 57) Macbeth
Macbeth is describing sleep as a wonderful thing. It gives you energy and nourishes you like food from a feast.

“Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes and unprovokes. It provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance. Therefore, much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery. It makes him, and it mars him; it sets him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him, and disheartens him; makes him stand to and not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates him in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him.” (2.3.27-35) (pg 61)

Porter is saying, to Macduff, that drinking makes you sleep.

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Drinking stimulates desire but halts performance. It makes you have fun, but then need to go to sleep and pee.

Macbeth Reading Logs #3
Theme: Order/Disorder
“We hear our bloody cousins are bestowed / In England and in Ireland, not confessing / Their cruel parricide, filling their hearers / With strange invention. But of that tomorrow, / When therewithal we shall have cause of state / Craving us jointly. Hie you to horse. Adieu, / Till you return at night. Goes Fleance with you?” (3.1.33-39) (pg 79)

Anytime someone is killing, it is a not right. When someone is killing their father or mother, this would create a disorder. If Malcolm and Donalbain had actually killed their father, it would have create such a disorder in the castle.

“It will have blood, they say: blood will have / blood.” (3.4.154-155) (pg 105)
Recently Banquo has died under Macbeth’s command. Macbeth fears someone will revenge Banquo by killing him. When Macbeth constantly thinks about blood and death, everything seems so chaotic and his life is in a disorder.
Images: Food
“My royal lord, / You do not give the cheer. The feast is sold / That is not often vouched, while ‘tis a-making, / From thence, the sauce to meat its ceremony; / Meeting were bare without it.” (3.4.41-460) (pg 99)

Lady Macbeth says that this is not a time for cheer. The feast is over and there is no time to celebrate. Work must go on.

“Give to our tables meat, sleep to our knights, / Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,” (3.6.36-37) (pg 113)

Here, the king is talking murder. He does not want to feast and banquet among murderers. Macbeth has taken the throne away from Malcolm, the man who deserves the throne.

Log #4

Theme: Order/Disorder

“He has killed me, mother. / Run away, I pray you!” (4.2.98-99)
(pg 135)

The murderers Macbeth hired have just killed Macduff’s son. Soon they will kill Lady Macduff. Right after this moment is when Macbeth will go into utter madness and killing everyone he doesn’t like in a major disorder.

“I am in this earthly world, where to do harm / Is often laudable, to do good sometime / Accounted dangerous folly.”

Lady Macduff says its acceptable to do evil. Being good makes you a traitor. This is a disorder. Usually doing something good is accepted and doing something evil is bad. The order of the world is thrown off.

Image: Food

“Fillet of a fenny snake, / In the cauldron boil and bake; / Eye of newt, and toe of frog, / Wool of bat, tongue of dog, / Adder’s fork, and blindworm’s sting, / Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing; / For a charm of pow’rful trouble / Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.” (4.1.12-19) (pg 117)

Here, the witches are making a potion. When Macbeth walks into their lair, he is amazed at what they are doing. Since someone will eventually drink the potion being brewed in the cauldron, it is a drink/food.

“Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,” (4.2.113) (pg 141)

Milk is food. They use milk as a way to illustrate Macbeth destroying the world’s peace. Milk nourishes the bones and is sweet.


Log #5

Theme: Order/Disorder

“Since his Majesty went into the field i have / seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown upon / her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write / upon’t, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to / bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.” (5.1.9-13) (pg 153)

Usually when you are sleeping, you are at peace and resting. Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking and is very disturbed. She is freaking out and her mind is in a major state of disorder.

“Both more and less have given him the revolt; / And none serve with him but constrained things,” (5.4.16-170) (pg 167)

All the men under Macbeth have left him. Only the weak stay behind under Macbeth. This makes Macbeth’s army and kingdom in a disorder because everyone is leaving it. The kingdom has been in disorder ever since Macbeth, who isn’t the rightful king, took power.

Imagery: Food

“I have almost forgot the taste of fears. / The time has been, my senses would have cooled / To hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hair / Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir / As life were in’t. I have supped full with horrors. / Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts, / Cannot once start me.” (5.5.10-16) (pg 171)

Macbeth can taste the fear. You taste food. Macbeth used to be afraid of fears. But recently he has done and seen so many terrible things, he now has no more fear.

“Hang out our banners on the outward walls. / The cry is still, ‘They come!’ Our castle’s strength / Will laugh a siege to scorn. Hear let them lie / Till famine and the ague eat them up. / Were they not forced with those that should be ours, / We might have met them dareful, beard to beard, / And beat them backward home.” (5.5.1-7) (pg 169)

Malcolm’s army are coming to fight Macbeth at the castle. If they wait for the enemy to siege the castle, they will run out of food and become sickness. Macbeth believes the castle is strong enough to survive a siege. Famine is a punishment for the people that left Macbeth for Malcolm.



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