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Heisinstantlycaptivatedbythewitches’prophecy.Representshoweasilycorruptedheisbyhisambition(hishamartia). ‘Vaultingambitionthato’erleapsitself’ Ifthequestionisspecificallyaboutacharacter,talkabout2-3otherMOMENTSintheplaywhenthischaracterisimportant.Ifthequestionisaboutatheme(e.g.ambition),talkabout2-3CHARACTERSthatshowthisthemereallywell. Here Macbeth’s ambitious character is compared to a puppet as he was cursed by the witches and did what they had been plotting before they curse him.

Makesureyouranalysislinksveryclearlytothequestion.Linktocontextifrelevantbutlanguageistheprimaryfocus. Presenter: Hey, hey, hey. The guy’s right, and he’s got the boss really thinking. Has she got a more stylised approach in mind, Thissorenight’furtherreinforcesthis.Playonceagainwarnsagainstkillingakingasitdramatisestheterribleconsequences.WhenMacbethkillsBanquo. ‘Ohfullofscorpionsismymind’.Scorpionshaveconnotationsofevilanddeath.Macbethfurthercorrupted.Hisstateofmindisdeteriorating.

Lotsofproseandfragmentedsyntaxusedwhichshowsthedeteriorationofhermind.Reinforcesthedidacticmessageoftheplay,theconsequencesofcommittingregicide(killingaking).Closestwecometofeelingpathosforher. The dramatic irony of Duncan’s trust is realized only later in the play. Similarly, the captain in Scene 2 makes a battle report that becomes in effect a prophecy: Conflict: There are two types of conflicts in Macbeth. The first one is the external conflict that goes on between Macbeth and his enemies, such as Fleance, Malcolm, and Macduff, after he murders King Duncan. The second is the internal conflict that goes on in the mind of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth worries though. The Witches also said that Banquo’s sons will become kings, so he sends some baddies to murder Banquo and his son. But the kid escapes. Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost. Macbeth is spooked so he sees the Witches: they say nobody For brave Macbeth–well he deserves that name– disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valor’s minion carved out his passage. (Act 1, Scene 2)Atonepointintheplayheconcededthathestillthinksabouttheprophecy. ‘Cursedthoughtsthatnaturegiveswaytoinrepose’ .Prophecystillplaysinhissleep,howeverunlikeMacbethhedoesnotallowthistocontrolhim.Youguessedit,moreJacobeanpropaganda! James1stwasobsessedwiththesupernaturalandwroteabookcalled‘Demonology’.WitchesareJacobeanpropaganda,makesJameshappy. Alone on stage, Macbeth agonizes over whether to kill Duncan, recognizing the act of murdering the king as a terrible sin. He struggles in particular with the idea of murdering a man—a relative, no less—who trusts and loves him. He would like the king's murder to be over and regrets the fact that he possesses “vaulting ambition" without the ruthlessness to ensure the attainment of his goals (27). SeeingBanquo'sghostshowshowguiltyMacbethtrulyis.Heseestheghostsofeveryonehe’skilledwhichsuggestshehasretainedsomeofhismoralcompass.Understandsthedarknessofwhathe’sdone.

Protagonist: Macbeth is the main protagonist of the play as he causes not only envy for his position but also arouses pity and fear for his fall, though, he uses devious ways to achieve his goal.Loyalty: When the play begins, Macbeth and Banquo show their loyalty to King Duncan by fighting for him. While Macbeth begins to corrupt his loyalty after the witches’ prophecies, Banquo resolves to ignore them to stay loyal to King Duncan. The play also shows Macduff’s and Malcolm’s loyalty to the people of Scotland and the dead king. Useasentencelike,'Whiletheextractisextremelyimportant/pivotalwhenexploring(whateverthequestionhasaskedyou),thereareotherequallyimportantmoments/characters.' Guilt: Guilt is one of the major internal conflicts that move the play further. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth suffer from guilt until their last breath. Lady Macbeth suffers from paranoia, hallucinations, and mental illness after King Duncan is murder. Macbeth feels guilty at first, and he is haunted by the past. He also sees Banquo’s ghost, which is the result of his guilt. Atthebeginninghewasverybellicose(aggressive,greatwarrior)butbeginstotransgresshisnaturalstationinlife.Shakespeareusesthecharactertowarnaudienceofwhathappensifyoukillaking.LinkstotheGreatChainofBeing,everyonehastheirplace. Similarly, much of the play is also concerned with the relation between contrasting inner and outer worlds. Beginning with the equivocal prophecies of the Weird Sisters, appearances seldom align with reality. Lady Macbeth, for example, tells her husband to "look like the innocent flower, / but be the serpent under’t" (63-64). Macbeth appears to be a loyal Thane, but secretly plans revenge. Lady Macbeth appears to be a gentle woman but vows to be "unsexed" and swears on committing bloody deeds. Macbeth is also a play about the inner world of human psychology, as will be illustrated in later acts through nightmares and guilt-ridden hallucinations. Such contrast between "being" and "seeming" serves as another illustration of equivocation. The Macbeths and The Corruption of Nature



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