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The Character Flaws of Macbeth - The Character Flaws of Macbeth       Since The Tragedy of Macbeth was written there has been speculation about the cause of Macbeth's downfall.  Readers ponder whether Macbeth's fall was caused by a flaw in his character, Lady Macbeth, or an outside force of evil.  Although the witches set a certain mood and Lady Macbeth exerts a certain influence on him, Macbeth's downfall is caused by his own character.       Macbeth's tragic flaw in character was the paradoxical pairing of his ambition with his passivity.  Throughout the play we see many examples of Macbeth's conflict between his ambition to attain the crown and his passive attitude towards the actions that are required to obtain it....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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The Atmosphere of Macbeth is Not Wholly Bad - The Atmosphere of Macbeth is Not Wholly Bad      Shakespeare's Macbeth has a sinister cast over it for obvious reasons, but are there redeeming features which partially offset the plurality of negative dimensions.   D. F. Bratchell in Shakespearean Tragedy record's Charles Lamb's consideration of  Macbeth's atmosphere as essential to the purpose of the play:   For Lamb the essence of the tragedy in Macbeth lies in the poetically suggested atmosphere of horror and evil impulse, readily seized upon by the imagination of the perceptive reader, whereas stage representation concentrates the mind on the action....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Corruption and Power in Macbeth - Personal power has the ability to be essential to greatness, and at the same time is able to destroy a person’s nature. In the drama Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the main character, Macbeth, becomes corrupt through power that he gains. The play shows that even someone who starts out like Macbeth and does not crave power, will do terrible things to gain authority and power. The play begins with the characters King Duncan and Malcolm talking about a “good and hardy soldier” (Act I: ii: 4)....   [tags: Corruption in Macbeth] 753 words
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Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth -- a Lady? - Lady Macbeth -- a Lady. -- in Macbeth      William Shakespeare's Macbeth places a woman in center stage, a woman who embarrasses every woman because of her lack of conscience. This essay attempts to shed light on her character.   Blanche Coles states in Shakespeare's Four Giants evaluates the character of Lady Macbeth:   A woman who could speak as Lady Macbeth does, who could call upon the spirits that tend on mortal thoughts to unsex her and fell her from head to foot full of direct cruelty, who could entreat these same spirits to stop all avenues of remorse so that no compunctions of conscience will interfere with the carrying out of her purpose, who could call upon the night to w...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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The Authenticity of Hecate in Macbeth - The Authenticity of Hecate in Macbeth       The authenticity issue of Macbeth's Hecate endures. Recent critics still argue about whether the scenes are Shakespearean, why they are or are not, and what the implications are one way or the other. Some critics cling to the authenticity of the Folio while others wave their copies of Middleton's "The Witch" in protest. The modern director and reader then will find no clear direction to read or not to read from textual scholarship. Instead, would-be travellers to the world of Macbeth had better consider their options and ask specifically: what does Hecate add with her appearance and how do these additions impact the play....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Macbeth - A Good Guy - Macbeth - A Good Guy In the beginning of the play Macbeth was portrayed as a "good being" he fought for his country and for his king. Shakespeare describes Macbeth in such quotes as "for brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name" (pg. 38, line 16), and "What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won."(pg. 40 line 67). These types of quotes in the play seem to be placed with the so called "Good guys" when they achieve or accomplish something that is great. The thoughts of killing the king only began after the three witches had made the three predictions....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 655 words
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The Victorious Banquo of Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Victorious Banquo of Macbeth     The audience sees in Shakespeare's Macbeth that the one who ends up victorious, the one whose family will provide kings for the kingdom, is the innocent, spiritually inclined Banquo. It is he about whom this essay will deal.   A.C. Bradley in Shakespearean Tragedy explains the main interest in the character of Banquo:   The main interest of the character of Banquo arises from the changes that take place in him, and from the influence of the witches upon him....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Placing the Blame in Macbeth - Placing the Blame in Macbeth The blame for the tragedy of Macbeth must be apportioned between the three witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself. The three witches play a very important role in affecting the actions of Macbeth with their ability to steer him in the direction they desire. They not only use their supernatural powers but also prey on his greed and ambition. All hail, Macbeth. Hail to thee thane of Glamis. All hail, Macbeth. Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 885 words
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The Pent-up Guilt in Macbeth - The Pent-up Guilt in Macbeth       There is hardly any emotion in William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth that outweighs that of guilt. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are seriously compromised by the impact of this emotion.   Clark and Wright in their Introduction to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare explain how guilt impacts Lady Macbeth:   Having sustained her weaker husband, her own strength gives way; and in sleep, when her will cannot control her thoughts, she is piteously afflicted by the memory of one stain of blood upon her little hand.  (792)   In Fools of Time: Studies in Shakespearean Tragedy, Northrop Frye sees a relationship between Macbeth's guilt and his hall...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Political History and Corruption in Macbeth - Political History and Corruption in Macbeth        To understand many of William Shakespeare's plays, one must understand the history of the time period. A.L. Rowse gives a history of William Shakespeare's time, the late sixteenth to the early seventeenth century and how the government of the time was authoritarian but popular. The person of the Monarch (derived from the Greek "monorchia", the rule of one), the Crown, was something even the lowest character could understand. The monarchs have many different titles, including king, queens, sultan, emperors, empresses, tsars, and kaisers, depending on the type of governments and the location of the state he or she rules....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Shakespeare's Macbeth as Tragic Hero - Shakespeare's Macbeth as Tragic Hero       Shakespeare's Macbeth follows the journey of nobleman Macbeth that starts with him as Thane of Glamis and ends with him as King of Scotland. Macbeth is a tragic hero because he possesses all the traits that Aristotle outlined in his poetics. He said that the tragic hero must be a man that is higher than mortal worth, but has tragic flaws. Aristotle also stated that the flaws will lead to great suffering and usually death; the cause being fate....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Images and Imagery in Macbeth - Imagery in Macbeth       Darkness, disorder, mayhem, fear, guilt, and hypocrisy are all important themes carried throughout William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" by the effective use of imagery in reference to ill-fitting clothing, blood, and light verses dark. Imagery in this play tiptoes its way though every scene to create a malevolent atmosphere of shame and false pretenses.   The contrast between light and dark during "Macbeth" clearly relates to the conflict between good and evil. Darkness is used throughout the play to create a desolate and disturbed atmosphere filled with disarray....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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The Guilt of Lady Macbeth - The Guilt of Lady Macbeth      Shakespeare's "Macbeth" holds many hidden themes within its already exuberant plot.  The first of these surrounds the murder of Duncan and the role that both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself played.  However, the true guilt of the murder can fall on either character.  Although Macbeth physically committed the crime, it was Lady Macbeth that pushed him to his limits of rational thought and essentially made fun of him to lower his esteem.  With Macbeth's defenses down, it was an easy task for Lady Macbeth to influence Duncan's murder and make up an excuse as to why she could not do it herself.  The guilt of Duncan's murder can be placed firmly on the...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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The Pent-up Guilt in Macbeth - The Pent-up Guilt in Macbeth      There is hardly any emotion in William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth that outweighs that of guilt. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are seriously compromised by the impact of this emotion.   Clark and Wright in their Introduction to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare explain how guilt impacts Lady Macbeth:   Lady Macbeth is of a finer and more delicate nature. Having fixed her eye upon the end - the attainment for her husband of Duncan's crown - she accepts the inevitable means; she nerves herself for the terrible night's work by artificial stimulants; yet she cannot strike the sleeping king who resembles her father....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Blackness in Macbeth - Blackness in Macbeth      The Bard of Avon shows in his tragedy Macbeth an evil couple who face the dark hand of death - as a result of criminal deeds. Let us look closely at the growing, enveloping darkness of the play as it progresses.   In his book, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, H. S. Wilson identifies the darkness in the play with evil, hell, devils:   Mr. Kenneth Muir, in his introduction to the play - which does not, by the way, interpret it simply from this point of view - aptly describes the cumulative effect of the imagery: "The contrast between light and darkness [suggested by the imagery] is part of a general antithesis between good and evil, devils and angels,...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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The Role of Lady Macbeth -     The female roles in William Shakespeare's Macbeth are those of the witches, more supernatural than human, Lady Macbeth and Lady Macduff, the latter being presented in a minor, almost insignificant way. This paper will explore the role of Lady Macbeth and only make slight comment on the witches. Fanny Kemble in "Lady Macbeth" finds that the main female role could have ended in madness due to the evil tendencies of the lady: Lady Macbeth, even in her sleep, has no qualms of conscience; her remorse takes none of the tenderer forms akin to repentance, nor the weaker ones allied to fear, from the pursuit of which the tortured soul, seeking where to hide itself, not seldom escapes into the...   [tags: Macbeth Essays]
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Macbeth and its Unbelievable Lady - Macbeth and its Unbelievable Lady        In William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth which character is more imaginatively created than that of Lady Macbeth. Can a lady actually think in this manner without being called insane. We examine the various dimensions of her character in this paper.   In Fools of Time: Studies in Shakespearean Tragedy, Northrop Frye shows that Lady Macbeth is the driving force behind her husband, who resolves to "get with it" in the future:   That Macbeth is being hurried into a premature act by his wife is a point unlikely to escape the most listless member of the audience, but Macbeth comes to regret the instant of fatal delay in murdering Macduff, and draw...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Ambition in Macbeth - Ambition in Macbeth         A key issue involved in Macbeth is ambition. Ambition is created when determination gets out of hand. It finds its most significant expressions in the plays two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The main reason why it all gets started is because of the witches' interference by putting suggestions into Macbeth's mind. Lady Macbeth's ambition forces him to act on these ambitions as well. The couple proves that unchecked ambition will ultimately destroy....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Shakespeare's Macbeth as a Tragic Hero - Macbeth as a Tragic Hero According to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, "The best tragic plot moves the hero from prosperity to misfortune, occasioned not by depravity, but by some great mistake he makes. The plot of Macbeth follows these basic guidelines; throughout the play we follow the path of the main character as his life is torn apart as a result of the colossal mistake he makes when he kills Duncan. It is for this and the many ensuing reasons that we can say that Macbeth accurately portrays the image of a tragic hero as outlined by Aristotle....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 1075 words
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Patterns of Images and Imagery in Macbeth - Patterns of Imagery in Macbeth Shakespeare's Macbeth is full of different types of imagery. Many of these images are themes that run throughout the entire play at different times. Five of these images are nature, paradoxes, manhood, masks and light vs. darkness. Nature: "Thunder and lightning." This is the description of the scene before Act I, Scene i, Line 1. The thunder and lightning represent disturbances in nature. Most people do not think of a great day being filled with thunder and lightning....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 1293 words
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The Unladylike Lady in Macbeth - The Unladylike Lady in Macbeth      William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth presents in the role of the leading lady an intimidating and selfish Lady Macbeth. Let us in this paper get to the bottom of her character.   L.C. Knights in the essay "Macbeth" describes the unnaturalness of Lady Macbeth's words and actions:   Thus the sense of the unnaturalness of evil is evoked not only be repeated explicit references ("nature's mischief," "nature seems dead," " 'Tis unnatural, even like the deed that's done," and so on) but by the expression of unnatural sentiments and an unnatural violence of tone in such things as Lady Macbeth's invocation of the "spirits" who will "unsex" her, and her a...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Ambiguous Situations in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Macbeth's Ambiguous Situations      The audience finds in William Shakespeare's tragic drama Macbetha number of developments and words and situations which are equivocal, unclear, unintelligible. This essay will explore and analyze these parts of the play.   L.C. Knights in the essay "Macbeth" mentions equivocation, unreality and other possible causes of ambiguity within the play:   The equivocal nature of temptation, the commerce with phantoms consequent upon false choice, the resulting sense of unreality ("nothing is, but what is not"), which has yet such power to "smother" vital function, the unnaturalness of evil ("against the use of nature"), and the relation between disintegra...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Macbeth - Images and Imagery - MacbethL Imagery One of the most important tools in literature is imagery. It is not just in there to fill up paper; rather, there is at least one dramatic purpose for each image and there are many different types of imagery. This essay seeks to prove that in the play Macbeth the author William Shakespeare uses darkness imagery for three dramatic purposes. Those three purposes are, to create atmosphere, to arouse the emotions of the audience and to contribute to the major theme of the play....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 889 words
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Shakespeare's Macbeth as Tragic Hero - Macbeth as Tragic Hero       A tragic hero is usually a person of high esteem or social ranking cursed with a flaw or obsession that will eventually lead to their demise. Macbeth is a tragic hero. Examining the events that occur as Macbeth travels the typical path of a tragic hero easily supports this claim.   Before Macbeth is even introduced to the audience, Duncan and Ross speak of his greatness. When it is discovered that the Thane of Cawdor has surrendered, Duncan decides to give Macbeth this title: "What he hath lost noble Macbeth hath won" (1.2.70)....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Confusion in Macbeth - Confusion in Macbeth       The instances words and actions needing clarification in Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth are numerous. Let us in this essay look at some of the more serious instances lacking clear meaning in the play.   Lily B. Campbell in her volume of criticism, Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes: Slaves of Passion, confesses that critics are at a loss in trying to explain the reference to "Bellona's bridegroom":   Macbeth is, indeed, "Bellona's bridegroom", though critics seem rather at a loss to know just who Bellona's bridegroom may have been....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Unbridled Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Unbridled Ambition in Macbeth       Where is there a page in William Shakespeare's tragic play Macbeth which does not present the selfish virtue of personal ambition. This paper addresses the problem of ambition in the drama.   In "Memoranda: Remarks on the Character of Lady Macbeth," Sarah Siddons mentions the ambition of Lady Macbeth and its effect:   [Re "I have given suck" (1.7.54ff.)] Even here, horrific as she is, she shews herself made by ambition, but not by nature, a perfectly savage creature....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Vaulting Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Vaulting Ambition in Macbeth      Can one expect to find in Shakespeare's tragic play Macbeth a heavy dose of ambition. Yes, indeed. Such a heavy dose that it is lethal - as we shall see in this paper.   Clark and Wright in their Introduction to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare interpret the main theme of the play as intertwining with evil and ambition:   While in Hamlet and others of Shakespeare's plays we feel that Shakespeare refined upon and brooded over his thoughts, Macbeth seems as if struck out at a heat and imagined from first to last with rapidity and power, and a subtlety of workmanship which has become instructive....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Ugly Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Ugly Ambition in Macbeth     The Bard of Avon saturates the pages of the tragedy Macbeth with ugly feelings of ambition - unprincipled ambition which is ready to kill for itself. Let's thoroughly search out the major instances of ambitious behavior by the husband-wife team.   In "Macbeth as the Imitation of an Action" Francis Fergusson states the place of Macbeth's ambition in the action of the play:   It is the phrase "to outrun the pauser, reason [2.3]," which seems to me to describe the action, or motive, of the play as a whole....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Destructive Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Destructive Ambition in Macbeth       William Shakespeare's tragic play Macbeth presents the fizzled drive of an ambitious husband and wife. This essay is the story of their destructive ambition.   Fanny Kemble in "Lady Macbeth" refers to the ambition of Lady Macbeth:    [. . .] to have seen Banquo's ghost at the banqueting table ... and persisted in her fierce mocking of her husband's terror would have been impossible to human nature. The hypothesis makes Lady Macbeth a monster, and there is no such thing in all Shakespeare's plays....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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The Metamorphosis of Macbeth - The Metamorphosis of Macbeth   Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth demonstrates what can happen when one pursues power at the expense of everything else.   The main character, Macbeth begins the play as a strong character that is greatly admired, however as the play progresses, Macbeth's personality and actions become more and more deceitful. Macbeth’s deceit eventually leads to his destruction. Following the murder of Duncan, Macbeth realizes that the murder has put him into the control of demon forces which are the enemy of mankind....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Essays] 1482 words
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Change of Character in Macbeth - Change of Character in Macbeth        "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be / What thou art promised" (1.5.15-16). In Shakespeare's classic tragedy Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is a strong, scheming instigator, the person who initially plans the murder of King Duncan. Her husband, on the other hand, vacillates, tormented by his conscience, terrified of the consequences. By the end of the play, however, the roles reverse. Macbeth becomes the devious character, while his wife wallows in grief and despair....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Shakespeare's Macbeth - Aristotelian Tragedy - Macbeth: Aristotelian Tragedy The definition of tragedy in an excerpt from Aristotle's "Poetics" is the re-creation, complete within itself, of an important moral action. The relevance of Aristotle's Poetics to Shakespeare's play Macbeth defines the making of a dramatic tragedy and presents the general principles of the construction of this genre. Aristotle's attention throughout most of his Poetics is directed towards the requirements and expectations of the plot....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 1814 words
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Machiavellian Macbeth ? -   While Macbeth exhibits certain Machiavellian characteristics, he does not heed Machiavelli's advice regarding rulers who desire to obtain their principalities through crime, and through either the ignorance of, or disregard for, this advice, Macbeth cannot be considered Machiavellian. "Hence it should be noted that in taking hold of a state, he who seizes it should examine all the offenses necessary for him to commit, and do them all at a stroke....For injuries must be done all together, so that, being tasted less, they offend less..." (Machiavelli 38)....   [tags: Shakespeare's Macbeth]
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Shakespeare's Macbeth as a Tragic Hero - Macbeth as a Tragic Hero For Macbeth to be considered a “Tragic Hero”, he must have some potential nobility, some good qualities that make his downfall terrifying. He must be examined as a human being with human weaknesses. Is he one who, as Lady Macbeth says, Act I, Sc. v, "is too full of the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way" or is he the "butcher" that Malcolm considers him to be in the final scene of the play. Or is he a victim of his ambition or of moral weaknesses or of his limited concept of manliness, or even of a combination of circumstances that cause him to fall....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 1762 words
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Witchcraft, Murder and Ghosts in Macbeth - Witchcraft, Murder and Ghosts in Macbeth     A notable point within Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is the use of the three witches in the opening scene.  The number of witches for a contemporary audience can go unnoticed.  However in the time that Shakespeare the symbolic meaning of the number three was important, as it symbolized unluckiness and when remembering the fear of the unnatural and being unlucky (epitomized by such historical events as the rage of witch trials within Britain).  This is not the only symbolism within the play, the use of the disparity between light and dark is an important concept.  We can perhaps see the parallel between the horror movies of today, and the images o...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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The Ladies in Macbeth - The Ladies in Macbeth        The audience finds in Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth the appearance of two natural women, and one of those only very briefly. Therefore this paper will present enlightenment of the role of Lady Macbeth mainly, and on the witches only briefly.   L.C. Knights in the essay "Macbeth" describes the unnaturalness in the thoughts and words of the plays dominant female force, Lady Macbeth:   Thus the sense of the unnaturalness of evil is evoked not only be repeated explicit references ("nature's mischief," "nature seems dead," " 'Tis unnatural, even like the deed that's done," and so on) but by the expression of unnatural sentiments and an unnatural violence of t...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Essays]
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Images and Imagery in Macbeth - Imagery in Macbeth   The Bard of Avon considers imagery one of many elements in his tragedy Macbeth which give underpinning to the theme of the drama. The imagery might be said to be not a goal in itself but a means to an end. In Fools of Time: Studies in Shakespearean Tragedy, Northrop Frye shows how the playwright uses imagery to reinforce the theme: This theme is at its clearest where we are most in sympathy with the nemesis. Thus at the end of Macbeth, after the proclamation "the time is free," and of promises to make reparations of Macbeth's tyranny "Which would be planted newly with the time," there will be a renewal not only of time but of the whole rhythm of nature symbolized by...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Use of Blood in Macbeth - Paper: The use of imagery and “blood” in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Imagery is the use of symbols to convey an idea or to create a specific atmosphere for the audience. Shakespeare uses imagery in Macbeth often, the most prevalent one, is blood. I believe he uses this as a way to convey guilt, murder, betrayal, treachery and evil, and to symbolize forewarning of events. In the beginning of this play blood resembles honor, bravery, and maybe even victory. Macbeth's blood saturated sword after the war portrays him as a brave hero because of the enemy he killed....   [tags: Macbeth Essays] 595 words
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The Ambitious Male in Macbeth - The Ambitious Male in Macbeth      The tragedy Macbeth by William Shakespeare brings to center stage an interesting, guilty, ambitious usurper named Macbeth, on whose character this essay will focus.   Charles Lamb in On the Tragedies of Shakespeare explains the impact of Macbeth's initial murder:   The state of sublime emotion into which we are elevated by those images of night and horror which Macbeth is made to utter, that solemn prelude with which he entertains the time till the bell shall strike which is to call him to murder Duncan, - when we no longer read it in a book, when we have given up that vantage-ground of abstraction which reading possesses over seing, and come to se...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Shakespeare's Macbeth as Tragic Hero - Macbeth as Tragic Hero       Aristotle defined a tragic character is a man who “falls into misfortune through some flaw." (Grube, 5) Shakespeare's tragic hero is a man who falls from his position of honor and respect due to a flaw in character and ultimately arrives at a fatal end. (Nostbakken, 2) Macbeth is an epitome of a tragic hero. He had a good nature, but was driven by greed and a quest for power. Macbeth had been a military hero,  loved and praised by the people, but his blind ambition resulted in his destruction, and all his past greatness and happiness were lost....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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The Third Murderer in Macbeth - The Third Murderer in Macbeth       There is much speculation as to who the third murderer is who assisted in the slaying of Banquo. Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and one of the Weird sisters are a few of the best candidates as to filling this role. Each of these three main characters has their own motive as to why they would want to join in on the assassination. Out of these three possibilities of filling this third murderer's role, all have reasons as to why they could or could not fill the position....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Shakespeare's Macbeth - Deep Darkness - Macbeth's Deep Darkness      In Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth there is a dark aspect which hangs over most scenes in the play. Let us examine this quality in this essay.   In "Macbeth as the Imitation of an Action" Francis Fergusson states the place of darkness in the action of the play:   It is the phrase "to outrun the pauser, reason [2.3]," which seems to me to describe the action, or motive, of the play as a whole. Macbeth, of course, literally means that his love for Duncan was so strong and so swift that it got ahead of his reason, which would have counseled a pause....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Good vs. Evil in Macbeth - Good vs. Evil in Macbeth The good characters in Macbeth are less interesting than the evil ones. Everybody has an 'evil seed' planted in them. Only the really evil person acts on them and commits something morally wrong. Like Macbeth. When Macbeth first received the prophecies, he actually considered them. " Two truths are told,...but what is not" (line 137-152, Pg 27-29). We see him arguing with himself and feeling disgusted that he even thought that. That was interesting because we get the feeling that something out of the ordinary is coming up and our anticipation gets into the story straightaway....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 912 words
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Macbeth is Driven by Fate - The reader finds in William Shakespeare's Macbeth that fate is not a force which one can resist easily on one's own - especially if one is already inclined to ambition. In Fools of Time: Studies in Shakespearean Tragedy, Northrop Frye stresses the connection between the witches and fate: The successful ruler is a combination of nature and fortune, de jure and de facto power. He steers his course by the tiller of an immediate past and by the stars of an immediate future. [. . .] It is this synchronizing of nature and fortune that soothsayers study, and that the witches in Macbeth know something about....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Corruption and Ambition in Macbeth - The Power of Corruption and Unbridled Ambition in Macbeth Very few producers of art can actually let their works claim the appellation 'classic.' For to create a piece of work - literature, art, or poetry, that stands the test of time, that proves the author's premise relevant not just in the period when he created it, but also in the generations that follow, is not an easy task. The works of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) have, more than once, proved worthy of the title 'classic.' Not only does his work hold up, as he wished, a mirror to his own society, but manages to reflect what is going on much later, and indeed, may be relevant well into the next millennium, if civilization...   [tags: Macbeth Essays]
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The Overwhelming Atmosphere in Macbeth - The Overwhelming Atmosphere in Macbeth      The atmosphere looms heavy in William Shakespeare's tragic play Macbeth. However, there are some brief, contrasting moments. In this paper we shall dwell on this dimension of the playwright's work.   A.C. Bradley in Shakespearean Tragedy comments on the contribution of the imagery to the atmosphere of the play:   The vividness, magnitude, and violence of the imagery in some of these passages are characteristic of Macbeth almost throughout; and their influence contributes to form its atmosphere....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Nature and Supernatural in Macbeth - Use of Nature and Supernatural in Macbeth       The aura of darkness, deception, and horror present in William Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, envelopes the entire play and is created mainly by the sense of violence and foreboding that is evoked by the imagery.  The dominant images of nature and the supernatural contribute to the atmosphere of this tragedy.  The predictions of the weird sisters, along with natural forces and supernatural images, have lead to chaos in Scotland due to their impact on the characters of the play, which brings about many delusions and deaths....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Images and Imagery in Macbeth - Imagery in Macbeth      Shakespeare uses a variety of techniques in order to add depth and the underlying subtext within his plays. 'Macbeth' is no exception, he uses the stark imagery of clothing, the sickening physicality of blood and the concept of darkness to communicate a number of themes.  In turn this conveys important symbols that can be found within the play.   Within 'Macbeth' the imagery of clothing portrays how Macbeth is seeking to hide his "disgraceful self" from his own eyes and those around him....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Light and Darkness in Macbeth - Light and Darkness in Macbeth William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is an ominous tale that illustrates the danger in violating the Great Chain of Being, the hierarchy of things in God's ordered universe. The Chain ranked all of creation and human society as well. It ranked kings above nobles and nobles above the poor. When Macbeth murdered King Duncan and assumed the throne, the Chain was violated... chaos resulted. The atmosphere of the play symbolized this resulting turmoil. Specifically, light and shadow were used to exemplify the unnatural chaos and ominous tone of the work....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 582 words
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My Cinematic Version of Macbeth - My Cinematic Version of Macbeth In filming my own version of Macbeth, I would choose a traditional route to capturing the essence of Shakespeare’s classic. In keeping with Shakespeare’s idea, I would film the piece in the great lands of Scotland. Using one of the famous castles of the land, I would make the time period somewhere around the 11th century. This means that things will be a little primitive, but historically correct. A re-occurring theme in Macbeth is death so the time of year would be fall, because the leaves are falling, and the plants are dying....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 1433 words
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Promoting Family Values in Macbeth - Promoting Family Values in Macbeth       The play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, was first printed in 1623, and is a play that is confrontational and disturbing to the values of the audience. Values such as truth, masculinity, security and goodness are all implied in the play, as their opposites are shown to be destructive and life shattering. Of all of Shakespeare’s plays, Macbeth is the one most obsessively concerned with evil. It is dark, brooding and bloodthirsty; by way of illustration, the only function of the messenger to Lady MacDuff is to prepare the audience for bloodshed....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Tyrannicide in Macbeth - "It is trew indeed, that all the successe of battels, as well as other worldly things, lyeth onely in Gods hand.... But upon that generall to conclude, that hee ever [always] gives victory to the just quarrel, would prove... enemies of the people of God to have oft times had the just quarrell against the people of God, in respect of the many victories they obtained against them." - James VI and I, The Trew Law of Free Monarchies (1598) "And although some [lawful kings]... very rarelie may be cut off by the treason of some unnaturall subjects, yet liveth their fame after them, and some notable plague faileth never to overtake the committers in this life, besides their infamie to all po...   [tags: Macbeth Essays] 1121 words
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Evoking Sympathy for Macbeth - Evoking Sympathy for Macbeth      Within Macbeth the tragedy and demise of Macbeth is an important factor in determining his character as a tragic hero.  However in order to elucidate on this point we need to define what is a tragedy.  Aristotle within ‘Poetics’ highlighted what characteristics he believed to define tragedy these being; ’…Imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself...in a dramatic, not narrative form; with incidents arising pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions’ And immediately we are brought to tragedy and what the concept of a hero is....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Macbeth - Shakespeare’s Macbeth is not the first play we’ve read where women are portrayed as malicious. Starting from Lady Macbeth to the witches and their prophecies. Lady Macbeth is Macbeth’s wife, but she acts as though she was the man in the relationship. However, Lady Macbeth is a leading ambitious woman that we are not used to seeing who really wants her husband to become king, and in order to obtain she think it’s fine for him to commit murder. After Macbeth informs her of the witches’ prophecy, which was that he would eventually become king of Scotland she doesn’t hesitate to persuade him to kill Duncan....   [tags: Macbeth Essays] 739 words
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Guilt in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Guilt in Macbeth       There is a large burden of guilt carried by Lady Macbeth and Macbeth in Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. Let's look at this situation closely in the following essay.   Fanny Kemble in "Lady Macbeth" asserts that Lady Macbeth was unconscious of her guilt, which nevertheless killed her:   A very able article, published some years ago in the National Review, on the character of Lady Macbeth, insists much upon an opinion that she died of remorse, as some palliation of her crimes, and mitigation of our detestation of them....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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evilmac Free Essay on Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Evil of Lady Macbeth - The Evil Lady Macbeth In Shakespeare's final play, Macbeth the main character Macbeth is very weak, and if it was not for the other characters he would not have committed any of those heinous crimes. The play opens with Macbeth accidentally running into three witches who give him his fortune. The go on to explain that he would become the new Thane of Cawdor, and from that point he would go onto commit many murders. Macbeth also has a wife who seems to be very controlling, and is able to persuade this already weak man to actually go through with committing these murders....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 434 words
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Dramatic Tension in Macbeth - Dramatic Tension in Macbeth   Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ is set in Scotland during the rule of king Duncan. Macbeth has fought his way up the ranks of the army to become one of Duncan’s most trusted Lords. An encounter with three witches puts wickedness into the heart of an otherwise noble and loyal Macbeth.  Shakespeare’s brilliant use of dramatic irony, the supernatural, and indecision produce a dramatic tension that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the play. In act 1, scene 1, a scene of three witches confronts us....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 1647 words
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Lady Macbeth's Dramatic Function - Lady Macbeth has a significant dramatic function in Shakespeare's Macbeth. She adopts various roles at different points throughout the play, dramatizing the nature of crime and punishment, and the dangers of ambition. Through her dramatic function, Shakespeare illustrates how ambition can manifest man's darkest and evilest capacities, and, when it does, "chaos has come again" (Othello 3.3.95). Not only he husband's partner in crime, Lady Macbeth is almost literally his ego or "other self." She at first adopts a masculine role, invoking the powers of darkness to "unsex me here" (1.5....   [tags: Macbeth Essays] 377 words
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The Problem in Macbeth - The Problem in Macbeth 1. We have already seen that the focus is on Macbeth and his wife, furthermore, we have seen that the crucial problem is the decision and the act, especially in which sense you can consciously and freely choose to do evil, then do it and then be faced with the consequences. The problem is old. Socrates maintained that no one with full insight in what was evil, would of his own free will do it and that claim had been dominating for almost two millennia. The logical power of this claim was that it was a tautology or even better; a definition....   [tags: Free Macbeth Essays] 3253 words
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Macbeth: Appearance vs Reality - Macbeth: Appearance vs Reality The way people act on the outside and who they really are on the inside may be two totally different things. Some may change because they feel they don't fit in. Others pretend to be something they truly aren't. No matter which way you look at it, if you try to act like someone your not, the truth will always appear in the end. That is exactly what happened in William Shakespeare's play, MacBeth. Banquo, MacBeth, and Lady MacBeth each project an image, but as time passes....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 964 words
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Ambition and the Downfall of Macbeth, Idi Amin, and, Napoleon Bonaparte - Ambition is a force that helps drive societies forward. When the power of a nation falls in the hands of a single person ambition takes many spectacular and ugly forms. It can be both the making and destruction of that person but regardless of the net effect, ambition will have deep socio-economic, political, and cultural roots. Three dictators were taken by ambition and it pushed them into a costly, long, battle to obtain and maintain power. Those leaders are Macbeth, Idi Amin, and, Napoleon Bonaparte....   [tags: macbeth, Idi Amin, Napoleon Bonaparte]
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evilmac Macbeth's Profound Evil - Macbeth's Profound Evil        When the audience experiences Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it is subjected to a heavy dose of evil in the form of intent and actions by the witches, by Lady Macbeth and by Macbeth.   L.C. Knights in the essay "Macbeth" specifies the particular species of evil present within the play:   Macbeth defines a particular kind of evil - the evil that results from a lust for power. The defining, as in all the tragedies, is in strictly poetic and dramatic terms. It is certainly not an abstract formulation, but lies rather in the drawing out of necessary consequences and implications of that lust both in the external and the spiritual worlds....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Lady Macduff of Macbeth - Lady Macduff of Macbeth       In reading Shakespeare's tragic drama Macbeth, one meets only one good woman - Lady Macduff. The remaining female characters are basically evil. Let's consider mainly Lady Macduff and only briefly the three witches.   Blanche Coles states in Shakespeare's Four Giants that Macbeth's wife had considerable leverage over her husband's mind:   This was her opportunity to do as she had promised herself she would do after she had read the letter - to pour her spirits into his ear, to chasten with the valor of her tongue all that might impede him from the golden crown....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Blood Imagery in Macbeth - Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a story taken from Scottish history and presented to the Scottish king James I. Shakespeare took this gory tale of murderous ambition, however, and transformed it into an imaginative tale of good and evil. Shakespeare brought about this transformation by relying upon “imaginative verbal vigor” that imbeds itself in the brilliantly concentrated phrases of this literary work. Critics have dubbed it his darkest work, along with King Lear. In his critique of Shakespeare’s works and plays, Charles Haines describes Macbeth as “one of Shakespeare’s shortest plays, containing just 2,108 lines.” He further states that it is a vigorous, headlong drama, a relentless spectacle i...   [tags: Macbeth Essays]
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Free Essays - The Character Traits of Macbeth - The Character Traits of Macbeth William Shakespeare's play Macbeth shows us that cheating will not get you were you want to go. Macbeth was written in the 16th century England during the Elizabethan period, because of this the story has a complex plot and many themes that the people in the Elizabethan period would enjoy. The character Macbeth has many traits that Shakespeare used to develop Macbeth throughout the play and even how the character Macbeth advances the theme of the play....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 616 words
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evilmac Macbeth's Evil Aspect - Macbeth's Evil Aspect        Macbeth by William Shakespeare rrepresents unrelenting evil from beginning to end. Who is th emost evil. What motivates the evil intentions and actions. This paper intends to answer these questions.   Charles Lamb in On the Tragedies of Shakespeare explains the impact of evil as seen in Macbeth's initial murder:   The state of sublime emotion into which we are elevated by those images of night and horror which Macbeth is made to utter, that solemn prelude with which he entertains the time till the bell shall strike which is to call him to murder Duncan, - when we no longer read it in a book, when we have given up that vantage-ground of abstraction which...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Atmospheres Unlimited in Macbeth - Atmospheres Unlimited in Macbeth       Shakespeare becomes a master of diverse atmospheres in his tragedy Macbeth. We shall examine closely the changing, more forcefully developing atmospheres here.   In his book, On the Design of Shakespearean Tragedy, H. S. Wilson explains why the atmosphere is so important in Macbeth:   Macbeth is a play in which the poetic atmosphere is very important; so important, indeed, that some recent commentators give the impression that this atmosphere, as created by the imagery of the play, is its determining quality....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Free Essay on Macbeth - The Guilt of Lady Macbeth - The Guilt of Lady Macbeth Everyone is influenced by other people, including leaders or authority, to make the wrong decisions at some point in their lives. In the play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is responsible for the evil doings of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is responsible for this by using his love for her to persuade him into killing King Duncan. Because Macbeth loved and trusted his wife, he was vulnerable to her opinions and suggestions. We also know that she is responsible for these heartless things because she has so much guilt that she commits suicide....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Essays] 617 words
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Supernatural Aspects of the Characters and Settings in Macbeth - Supernatural Aspects of the Characters and Settings in Macbeth          The supernatural has always intrigued mankind. People gather around to hear ghost stories and see enchanted medallions. Shakespeare realized people's fascination with the supernatural and used it in many of his tragedies. Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's tragedies about a man, Macbeth, who wishes to become king of Scotland after being told, by three witches, that his destiny is to rule Scotland. Macbeth's ambition overtakes him so much that he goes on a killing spree....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Tyranny in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Tyranny in Shakespeare's Macbeth     All humanity is tyrannical. Every person wants the world to conform to their wishes. A product of the ego, this desire culminates in tyranny among those that have the arrogance, opportunity, and instability to embrace and foster it. We find Macbeth with the opportunity, and his arrogance and instability are bred by ego and contranatural forces, such that he becomes a tyrant.  Duncan's soft handed rule allows Macbeth the opportunity to plot against him while his proclamation of Malcom as the heir to his throne provides motive, a wounded ego.  Lady Macbeth and the witches, whether they be contranatural forces or perverted minds, prod him into actio...   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Lady Macbeth, the Fiend Like Queen, but Capable of Remorse - After analysing Lady Macbeth’s character, I able to conclude that I don’t fully agree with Malcolm’s description of lady Macbeth. Many scenes in this play manage to convince us of her association with the devil. However, some parts lead us to believe that she is not entirely evil and that she is capable of remorse. Lady Macbeth is an ambitious lady, led by her thirst for power. She is capable of unpleasant deeds, some so atrocious, they would have been unheard of by a lady at her time, getting her exactly what she desires....   [tags: Macbeth, characters, evil, guilt, shakespeare, ] 1346 words
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Lady Macbeth's Strategy in William Shakespeare's Play Macbeth - Lady Macbeth's Strategy in William Shakespeare's Play Macbeth In the seventh scene of act one Macbeth has left the banquet, and expresses his doubts about murdering Duncan in a monologue. Lady Macbeth comes in, and argues with Macbeth, until she manages to 'convince' him, that he has to murder Duncan. To do that Lady Macbeth uses mainly two arguments. 'Letting 'I dare not. wait upon ?I would. like the poor cat i. the adage. (lines 43-44). Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth here that he shouldn?t let his chance slip away....   [tags: Shakespeare Macbeth Essays]
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Macbeth: How Money Killed - Macbeth: How Money Killed Many of our friends at Wall Street have serious heart problems; some of them even die years before they should because of the stress that is brought on by the money and greed of Wall Street. Money is also evident as a health risk in Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice, both written by William Shakespeare. On Wall Street people are driven by the greed of the people they represent, their own greed, and a general atmosphere of greed. In Macbeth, Macbeth is driven by personal ambition and his wife to become king at any expense, including slaying some of his personal friends and their families....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 735 words
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The Downfall of Macbeth -         Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of  Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tragedy can be classified by one of two theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force; namely the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his own actions and inevitable downfall. Macbeth is indeed responsible for his own actions which are provoked by Lady Macbeth, the witches,  his ambition, and an unwillingness to listen to his own conscience....   [tags: Macbeth essays William Shakespeare Papers] 1008 words
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Free Essays - The Significance of Sleep in Macbeth - The Significance of Sleep in Macbeth The sleepless are affected by fear that kills those whom are close to the victim of sleeplessness. In the book of "Macbeth" it expresses the theme of death and fear by associating the character with the key word "sleep" and all of its associations. In "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, various words are used that can be associated to different meanings through the different characters. The book talks about a great warrior during the medieval period that overcomes his adversaries through brutal military tactics and deceit....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 696 words
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Free Macbeth Essays: Sleep and Sleeplessness - The Sleep and Sleeplessness Motif in Macbeth We have consciences that function to tell us the difference between right and wrong. If we have clear consciences, we usually possess the ability to sleep. But when our consciences are full of guilt, we experience a state of sleeplessness. In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the sleep and sleeplessness motif to represent Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's consciences and the effect Macbeth's conscience has on the country of Scotland. Lady Macbeth begins with an unrecognizable conscience....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 522 words
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Free Macbeth Essays: The Value of Sleep - The Value of Sleep in Macbeth I'm sure you know what it is like to not have a good night sleep for a day or two, or maybe even a whole week, but imagine not being able to sleep through the night for an entire year. Macbeth grows to know this feeling all too well in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Every time that Macbeth is involved in murdering his so-called friends, his waking hours grow longer and longer. He almost goes crazy the night that he kills King Duncan, and he can never get over this because he immediately has to kill again in order to protect himself Each of these killings causes Macbeth to sleep less and eventually leads to his insanity....   [tags: Macbeth essays] 619 words
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The Role of the Witches in the Downfall of Shakespeare's MacBeth - The Role of the Witches in the Downfall of Shakespeare's MacBeth MacBeth by William Shakespeare is a play which shows the uprise of MacBeth, the treachery and his eventual downfall. Witchcraft plays a major part in MacBeth's actions and his weak character is easily manipulated. Although being an honest and brave man earlier, his ambition clouds his judgement. His life is tragic and through some terrible deeds ends in catastrophe. MacBeth is Thane of Glamis and a highly honorable and respected man....   [tags: Shakespeare MacBeth] 699 words
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The Importance of Duncan’s Murder in Macbeth - The Importance of Duncan’s Murder in Macbeth         In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the repercussions of Macbeth murdering his King are very numerous. Through themes that include, imagery, soliloquies, atmosphere, and supernatural beings, Shakespeare enforces the magnitude of Macbeth’s crime. Most of these factors are linked together. One of the main ways in which the horror of the murder is underlined is through the Great Chain of Being. At the time this play was written, it was believed that there was a hierarchy in the universe, with God being at the top, then angels, then the King, then man, and finally animals....   [tags: Macbeth essays]
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Many of the Different Themes used by Shakespeare in Macbeth are also Presented in WWI Poetry - The play of “Macbeth” contains many of the themes also incorporated into WWI poetry; themes such as violence, patriotism, gore, manipulation, fear and cowardice through the characters of Macbeth, the witches, Banquo’s ghost and Lady Macbeth. Shakespeare’s use of techniques such as metaphors, juxtaposition, emotive language and irony are also used in poems by Rupert Brooke, Frederic Manning, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. In Act 1, Scene 5 of “Macbeth”, Lady Macbeth is portrayed as manipulative and spiteful....   [tags: manipulation, patriotism, poetry, macbeth]
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