Macbeth Review

Duncan is at Macbeth’s castle in double trust, meaning he trusts him in several ways. He trusts him as his kingsman, subject, and his host. Due to Duncan trusting Macbeth so much, it makes it harder for Macbeth to find the ability to murder him, especially because he is at his castle, and is supposed to protect him, not kill him. What do these lines mean in modern day English?I.7.12-16 “He’s here in double trust: First as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife himself.” – Macbeth
Lady Macbeth after the killing and after she has placed the weapons on the drunken guards, has hands covered in Duncan’s blood just like Macbeth. She hears knocking and says they must go back to their bedroom and pretend they were asleep. She states how a little water will get rid of the evidence on their hands and once the blood is gone, their guilt will be gone as well. Macbeth must remember the prophecy and his purpose, to become king. What do these lines mean in modern day English?II.2.65-67 “I hear a knocking At the south entry. Retire we to our chamber. A little water clears us of this deed: How easy it is then! Your constancy hath left you unattended.” (“Your constancy… unattended” = your firmness of purpose has left you)” – Lady Macbeth
Banquo is saying how Macbeth has gotten all that the Witches said he would, King, Thane of Cawdor, and Thane of Glamis. However Banquo fears that Macbeth cheated to get these titles, and therefore is suspicious of him. What do these lines mean in modern day English?III.1.1-3 “Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou play’dst most foully for ‘t.” – Banquo
“The Great Chain of Being” is the order of the universe that connects us all together. If the chain is disrupted, chaos occurs. With Macbeth’s actions of killing the king, this disrupted the chain. Therefore when Macbeth becomes king he becomes chaotic. Mentally he cannot handle all his guilt and physically he goes on a killing spree to protect his title of being king. Chaos continues for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth which leads to Lady Macbeth dying of insanity, and Macbeth being killed. The chain is restored once Macbeth is dead and the rightful heir to the throne, Malcolm, is king. Discuss how Shakespeare’s belief of “The Great Chain of Being” is shown in Macbeth.
Macduff is the complete opposite of Macbeth. Macbeth’s actions are always for himself while Macduff does everything for his king or land, Scotland. While Macbeth would kill his own best friend for himself, Macduff left his family to try to save his land. Macduff is not selfish at all like Macbeth, and is loyal to what is correct, the rightful king, and does everything in his power to make Scotland right. Discuss why Macduff is an effective foil for Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth change roles throughout the play after they both figure out about the prophecy. Lady Macbeth fills her body with evil spirits to be able to go along with the deed of killing Duncan while Macbeth is skeptical about it. Lady Macbeth says she will take care of everything with the killing, and ends up not being able to do it, and Macbeth does. This is when the two switch roles. Macbeth is now the one full of evil which therefore causes him to be willing to kill anyone who is a threat to his kinsmanship, while Lady Macbeth becomes more and more insane with Macbeth’s evil deeds. How does Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change throughout the play?
Lady Macbeth is a powerful presence in the play, most notably in the first two acts. She is an example of pure ambition: masterminded the plot to kill the king, fiercely determine to gain the throne for her husband and would love to have his places, humiliates him into killing the king to be a “man”, and also reminded him that her love hangs by a thread based on his decision to do the act. She is engine behind Macbeth’s decision to murder the king. Without her forceful personality, their lives may have ended differently.Lady Macbeth is a symbol of Macbeth’s guilt throughout the play. Role of Lady Macbeth in the play
In Macbeth, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” is a motif that runs throughout the play. Generally, it means that appearances can be deceiving: that which seems “fair” and good is actually “foul” and evil. The best example of this motif is Macbeth himself. At the beginning of the play, King Duncan believes Macbeth to be a loyal servant but Macbeth eventually betrays Duncan’s trust and murders him to steal the throne. Another look into, it means two related things in general. First, it means that things that are good will become bad and things that are bad will become good. Second, it means things that look pretty (“fair”) will become ugly (“foul”) and things that are ugly will become beautiful. Example- Witches refer to themselves as ugly, but the news they deliver beautifies them since it can bring other people greatness, if handled properly. Thus making the witches seem as beautiful creatures who provide insight. What is significant about “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”?
The three weird sisters influence Macbeth in his acts, they effect characters lives, orientate the plot, they are related to most of the themes and appeal the audience’s attention. The witches have a strong effect on Macbeth’s character; they highly influence him in his accomplishments and awake his ambitions. They give Macbeth a false sense of security with their apparitions of truths. Instead they prove to be harmful for Macbeth who takes too much comfort and confidence in his interpretation of the truths. They are the ones who plant the actual idea of killing Duncan into Macbeth’s mind. But if it were only the witches prophecies, then Macbeth surely would not have murdered the king. Lady Macbeth drive the point of killing King Duncan into his head after hearing about the witches, because they altered her view on life and put the seed of wealth in her head. The witches prophecies lead to the more destruction and the downfall of Macbeth’s life; with the help of his/his wife’s ambitions. What is the impact of the witches?
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. Macbeth got all the power and his title as king, he found himself scared to lose his position and therefore eliminated everything that is a threat which completely corrupted his well-being and perception of himself. “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely”

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