Shakespeare way of writing
10 syllables per line. Stress on the second syllable
Quatrain 1: Problem, or way of thinking
Quatrain 2: Problem continues, shift imagery.
Quatrain 3: Turn solution appears
Last 2 lines: heroic or rhyming couplet(conclusion)
In quatrain one he talks about his isolation, Lady Fortuna is against himself. Quatrain 2: He is almost despising himself, wishing that he could be someone else Quatrain 3: YET, happily i think on thee. Scorn to change to change with kings, doesn’t even want to be a king because he would have to lose the person he loves. Act 1 scene 1
Lightning, Thunder, Rain(nature imagery)
They do not speak in iambic pentameter, but instead in throchaic tetrameter(incomplete). Speak in the Do not speak naturally because they are so evil, there talk inverts things. “fair is foul and foul is fair”
Good is bad, bad is good.
Inversion of morality.
When will we return, when the battle is lost and won
Act 1 Scene 2
Begin in Media-Res in the middle of battle and civil war.
Captain describes Macbeth: Brave Macbeth smoked with bloody execution, they completely annihilated the Norwegians. Un seamed from the enemy from the Naval to Chin. Extremely powerful. He is a bloody First traitor is Macdonwald
“Except they meant to bathe in reeking wounds, or memorize another Golgotha.” Golgotha: Site of crucifixion. (Death or murderous)
Thane of Cawdor has betrayed the King Duncan to the Norwegians. Thane of Rose: Second Battle the Thane of Cawdor(the 2nd traitor). Movie Comparison
Duncan is shown as weak, reliant, old, religious. (Holy pure) Witches: 2nd witch, a person who has been affected or touched. She is crazy because she is hearing the future. (Pagan heretic, satin folk) 2009(world war 2)
War is bloody and awful, Duncan is strong and proud general. Witches are necromancers.
Act 1, Scene 3
The Witches are also future tellers, the wyrd tellers.
Have been doing evil things like killing swine, murdering sailors. Say that Macbeth is the thane of Cawdor and he will become king. Doesn’t believe them, but when he finds out that he is a thane of Cawdor he starts to believe that he should be king. Subtext: suggestions or possibilities, thought process. Unspoken character motivations and thoughts typically within a play. “If good, why do i yield to that suggestion Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs Against the use of Nature? Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings.” He firsts start to think of murder that is why he is so quiet. “Why do you fear things so good” -Banquo
Banquo sons will be king is property for Banquo
Clothing in scene:
“Why are you dressing in borrowed roes”
New outfit is like new title which doesn’t fit at first but you will break it in. Macbeth unseamed Macdonwald like a tailor unseams a dress.
THEME: Fair is foul, and foul is fair. (Things are good are bad) Act 1, Scene 4
Duncan names his son Malcolm as the heir for his son.
This means to Macbeth that he will have to kill Duncan to become king. [Aside] The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires: The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.Stars- Stars are light, joy and happiness. Heavenly body, above the mortal play so kings, angels, and nobility. Heaven don’t look in my direction, I am having bad thoughts. Let the action happy without seeing it. Hand winks at eyes.
Act 1, Scene 5
Lady Macbeth (1st soliloquy)
“Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be What thou art promised: yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness” Is he to human or have to much humanity won’t assassinate someone. Is he to compassionate, kind, loyal.
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