Macbeth Test (All)

What is the theme of Macbeth? Absolute Power
What is dramatic tragedy? a drama in which the senses of action lead to the downfall of the protagonist.
What is the characteristic of a dramatic tragedy? Typically dealing with the problems of the protagonist, leading to an unhappy or disastrous ending brought on, as in ancient drama, by fate and a tragic flaw in this character.
What is a tragic hero? A type of character in a tragedy. (Usually the protagonist). Usually have a “heroic” trait that earns the sympathy of the audience. Also has flaws or mistakes that ultimately lead to their own downfall.
What is the characteristics of a tragic hero? Judgement error that inevitably leads to his/hers own destruction.
Tragic Flaw Causes and noble or exceptional character to bring about their own downfall and, often their eventual death.
Macbeth characterization… Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true. (This makes Macbeth have faith in the witches, as he believes that their predictions are correct.) Macbeth is a brave soldier and a powerful man, but he is not a virtuous one. He is easily tempted into murder to fulfill his ambitions to the throne, and once he commits his first crime and is crowned King of Scotland, he embarks on further atrocities with increasing ease. Ultimately, Macbeth proves himself better suited to the battlefield than to political intrigue, because he lacks the skills necessary to rule without being a tyrant. His response to every problem is violence and murder. Unlike Shakespeare’s great villains, such as Iago in Othello and Richard III in Richard III, Macbeth is never comfortable in his role as a criminal. He is unable to bear the psychological consequences of his atrocities.
Lady Macbeth Characterization Macbeth’s wife, a deeply ambitious woman who lusts for power and position. Early in the play she seems to be the stronger and more ruthless of the two, as she urges her husband to kill Duncan and seize the crown. After the bloodshed begins, however, Lady Macbeth falls victim to guilt and madness to an even greater degree than her husband. Her conscience affects her to such an extent that she eventually commits suicide. Interestingly, she and Macbeth are presented as being deeply in love, and many of Lady Macbeth’s speeches imply that her influence over her husband is primarily sexual. Their joint alienation from the world, occasioned by their partnership in crime, seems to strengthen the attachment that they feel to each other.
The Three Witches: characterization Three “black and midnight hags” who plot mischief against Macbeth using charms, spells, and prophecies. Their predictions prompt him to murder Duncan, to order the deaths of Banquo and his son, and to blindly believe in his own immortality. The play leaves the witches’ true identity unclear—aside from the fact that they are servants of Hecate, we know little about their place in the cosmos. In some ways they resemble the mythological Fates, who impersonally weave the threads of human destiny. They clearly take a perverse delight in using their knowledge of the future to toy with and destroy human beings.
The Theme Of Power The theme of power in Macbeth is mostly presented through the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. … However, this choice leads Macbeth down a path of paranoia, murder, and tyranny from which he cannot return. So, in this play, power is depicted as something extremely tantalizing but also volatile and corrupting.
The Theme Of Ambition Macbeth’s true downfall is his own ambition. Lady Macbeth is as ambitious as her husband, encouraging him to commit murder to achieve their goals. … Once Macbeth kills Duncan, his ambition to hold on to his title as king becomes intertwined with his paranoia.
The Showings Of Guilt (From Macbeth): He refers to both the literal blood on his hand but also to his sense of guilt. … Macbeth’s vision of the ghost reveals his guilt over ordering the murder of Banquo and his young son.
The Showings Of Guilt (Lady Macbeth) Lady Macbeth’s guilt made her extremely self-conscious because she thought that someone would find out. Eventually she got to the point where she was paranoid, so she killed herself to escape the guilt. Another way Lady Macbeth shows guilt is through her sleepwalking. She is so overcome with her role in the murder of King Duncan that she cannot rest. She sleepwalks, writes, and tries over and over again to wash her hands, but she cannot get the blood out because it is no longer there—it is in her mind.
What symbolizes blood for both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth? Blood
How is Chaos shown? After King Duncan was killed, and how ross and the old man had felt a supernatural presence. Everyone gathering together to hear the announcement of King Duncan’s death.
How is Downfall shown? Macbeth’s downfall was Lady Macbeth, the 3 Witches and Macbeth himself. Macbeth caused his downfall due to over-confidence and ambition. When the witches told him his prophecies, he believed it. He becomes obsessed with all the power, Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and King.
Why Read Shakespeare Summary It is helpful to read Shakespeare’s work in order to understand ourselves and the world around us. Shakespeare’s language makes it hard to comprehend its meaning. However, once understood, we can see that his work contains many underlying themes of ambition, courage, love, greed and jealousy. These can apply to human emotions we might experience at some point in time. Mack also points out that we can read Shakespeare’s plays to find how people react to situations we might be in ourselves. Since his plays are known for tragic endings, we can become aware of the consequences of our actions at times of desperate need to make impulsive decisions. In general, I believe that reading diverse text, such as Shakespeares’ is good not only to exercise the brain but also to experience different and interesting stories and learning something new every time.
Holinshed’s Chronicles Summary In Holinshed’s Chronicles, the history that served as the source for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Banquo was Macbeth’s accomplice in Duncan’s murder. Shakespeare most likely changed Banquo’s role from villain to moral pillar because Shakespeare’s patron, King James I of England, was believed to be Banquo’s descendant.
The Macbeth Murder Mystery Summary An experienced consumer of detective fiction reads Macbeth for the first time, and comes to the conclusion that Macbeth can’t really have killed Duncan, because the first obvious suspect always turns out to be innocent. But if it wasn’t Macbeth, who was it? The idea of this article to show that you need to truly detect every characters reactions to situations, to truly think about who is guilty in certain situation.
5 P.M Tuesday, August 23, 2005. Summary The author is about to experience a very very serious hurricane. She is describing the physical and mental battles she goes through. She talks about the rough winds, slow thunders, and other characteristics of the serious storm that creates strong imagery to the reader.
admonition a warning
aside a character’s remark, either to the audience or to another character, that others on stage are not supposed to hear
contemporary one living at the same time as
contention an assertion put forward in argument
cryptically in a secretive or mysterious manner
decisively in a firm and resolute manner
predecessor the person who held a position prior to the current holder.
sacrilegious grossly irreverent toward what is sacred
secluded hidden from view
soliloquy a speech given by a character alone on stage
usurp to take control of illegally

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