Macbeth Speech – Assessment
Good morning fellow year 10s, as you may know my name is Andre and I’m up here to discuss the techniques William Shakespeare has used to expressed the theme of ambition and good vs. evil in Macbeth, Shakespeare expressed these themes using various techniques such as imagery, symbolism, hyperbole and personification. The theme of ambition is one of the major themes within the story and it shows the destruction ambition can cause. When Shakespeare first introduces us to Macbeth, who in my opinion is the most ambitious character in the story and who’s also husband of Lady Macbeth, thane of glamis and a brave warrior is our first impression when we read of his courageous act in the battle. His fame on the battlefield wins him great honour from the King. Nevertheless he is a human whose private ambitions are made clear through his asides and soliloquies. His desire to become King and have power is driven by his ambition manipulative wife. Shakespeare stats Macbeths ambition in Act 1, Scene 5 through the letter Macbeth writes to Lady Macbeth. Shakespeare uses a positive tone to show Macbeth’s ambition. “They met me in the day of success, and I have learned by the perfectest report, they have more in them than mortal knowledge. When I burned in desire to question them further, they made themselves air, into which they vanished.” And in that quote he also uses a hyperbole “When I burnt in desire” this shows how much Macbeth wanted the title of the King. Ambition played a huge factor in both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s decision to kill King Duncan. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting Ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other” Shakespeare uses personification to describe that "vaulting ambition" along with the manipulative ways of his wife is all that makes him to give in to the terrible act of murdering Duncan and that his intent is nothing but personal gain. The theme of Good vs. Evil is one...
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