Camus & Hopkins

Topics: Macbeth, Evil, Guilt Pages: 2 (445 words) Published: March 1, 2013

* General overview of Ambition throughout the play

* Macbeth – effects of ambition
* Reversal of Values caused by ambition – Loyalist to Tyrant * From the beginning to the end
* “For Brave Macbeth- who deserves that name” – Act I, Scene 2 * “Black Macbeth” (Act IV, Scene 3) – symbolism – black, being evil * “Dead butcher” (Act V, Scene 9) - Metaphor of the butcher, Macbeth killing so many people, brutally

* Consequences
* Reversal of the Natural order
* Quotes – “Tis’ said they ate each other” (Act II, Scene 4) – Incongruence, out of order, horses normally portrayed as beautiful and majestic. * (Macduff’s family being murdered, the conversation between mother and son, then the murder) * Juxtapositioning, something sweet and innocent with the evil act of murder * “I am in blood, stepped in so far, that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er” (Act III, Scene 4) - River imagery, the idea that he has set a chain of consequences, that cannot be undone, and it would be just as easy to live life as a tyrant

* Lady Macbeth – effects of ambition
* Reversing good with evil in her body
* "Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts…" (Act I, Scene 4) – We can see in the imperative, metaphor the metaphor of her being ‘filled’ with evil. * Consequences of Lady Macbeth’s unnatural desires

* Out, damned spot! (Act V, Scene 1) Irony, from the beginning, dismissing the idea of when Macbeth says – “Will all great Neptune’s oceans…” (Act II, Scene 3)

* General overview of dual meaning in the play, equivocation * (Fair is foul, and foul is fair) – Act I, Scene 1 - Antithesis * Witches
* Seem to support Macbeth, yet leading to his demise through hidden meanings * “None of woman born shall harm Macbeth…”...
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