Text Response for Macbeth
The opening scene of the play creates a very mysterious type of tone. This is shown with the witches chanting fair is foul and foul is fair; the fact that the two aren’t true makes it mysterious. Also that the play starts off with three witches talking about a meeting. Scene ii
Macbeth is regarded as a hero in the beginning of the play as he was the one who killed Macdonwald with much courage and loyalty to Duncan, for brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name. Scene iii
The witches have promised Macbeth great things but Banquo warned Macbeth that the witches may be telling one truth but once Macbeth believes them due to the first prophecy being correct the second might be the beginning to a plan that the witches might be hatching. And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, the instruments of Darkness tell us truths; Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s in deepest consequence. Scene iv
Macbeth’s temptation to help the witch’s prophecy is furthered by the fact that King Duncan will be going to Macbeth’s castle providing a perfect chance for Macbeth to try and fulfil the prophecy, from hence to inverness, and bind us further to you. It is also aided by the fact that the king has become very close and places utter faith in Macbeth thereby erasing any chance that Macbeth would be thought of as a traitor. That proportion both of thanks and payment might have been mine only I have left to say more is thy due that more than I can pay. Scene v-vi
It is clearly indicated that Lady Macbeth is a domineering role in planning the murder of Duncan. There are indications of how Lady Macbeth took a domineering role in the murder of Duncan. She says it is too full o’ the milk of kindness to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great; art not without ambition but without the illness should attend it. This show that Lady Macbeth thinks that Macbeth is too nice for his own good and though has ambition doesn’t have the wickedness to carry out any plans, implying that she would be the evil part in the duo. She also is very cunning in the way she heaps thanks and also presents herself as a loyal subject of the king. All our service in every point twice done and done double, were poor and single business to contend against those honours deep and broad wherewith your majesty loads our house. For those of old, and the late dignities heaped up to them, we rest your hermits. All of this presents a fairly indisputable loyal subject of the king showing how cunning Lady Macbeth actually is.
Macbeth makes it very clear to himself that he should not kill King Duncan due to a few reasons. 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 the murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself. Here he gives two very good reasons why he should not murder Duncan the two being the bare fact that Macbeth is his subject, that Duncan has come to Macbeths castle and Macbeth should get rid of any person who tries to murder Duncan much less do the murdering himself. Even though he had thought of so many reasons why he shouldn’t kill King Duncan he is convinced otherwise by Lady Macbeth who not only is wicked and cunning but also is very persuasive. Lady Macbeth provokes Macbeth into making the choice to kill Duncan. What beast was’t then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; and to be more than what you were you would be more the man. Act II
This scene reveals very much about Macbeths mental state due to the fact that he is imagining that there is a knife before him. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still! Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling as to sight? Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? It also emphasises the extreme nervousness of Macbeth before he will be committing the deed with...
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