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Macbeth Themes Essay

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Macbeth Themes – Class Notes
APPEARANCE .Vs. REALITY
CHARACTERS:
Macbeth King Duncan
Lady Macbeth Macduff
Ghost of Banquo Witches
KEY PASSAGES:
MacBeth see’s the ghost of Banquo, it’s not actually there. (Pg 52, Act 3, Scene 4)
MacBeth believed that he was invincible because no one could kill him, but in reality Macduff killed him because he was born by c-section. (Pg 88, Act 5, Scene 3)
Duncan’s attendants were accused of killing King Duncan because Lady MacBeth framed them. (Pg 30, Act 2, Scene 3)
The witches prophecies were perceived as one thing but turned out different.
Lady MacBeth sleepwalks. When she sleep walks she replays the night over and over ...view middle of the document...

But they do so in order to draw him on to his confusion.

LOYALTY OR LACK OF LOYALTY

CHARACTERS/TRAITORS:
Cawdor to Duncan MacBeth to Banquo
Macdonwald to Duncan MacDuff’s loyalty to Malcolm (not attending coronation)
MacBeth to Duncan

KEY PASSAGES:
MacBeth shows loyalty to his wife as he will do almost anything she asks him to do.
MacBeth has lack of loyalty towards Duncan, Banquo, Fleance
MacDuff is loyal to the people of Scotland and to his land
Banquo shows a large amount of loyalty towards MacBeth as he did not betray him at anytime during their friendship.
Banquo’s loyalty to MacBeth by sticking him in battle, and not reporting the possibility of his crimes, which he instinctly knows.
Banquo’s loyalty to Duncan, by refusing to go with MacBeth.
The servant is loyal to Lady Macbeth risking his life to warn her that she is in danger.
Lady MacBeth’s loyalty to Macbeth, even after he leaves her post Duncan murder. She helped MacBeth kill Duncan.

QUOTES:
‘Till he faced the slave; which never shook hands nor bade farewell to him, till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops and fixed his head upon our battlements’ (Act1, Scene ii)
‘First I am his kingsman and his subject both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself’ MacBeth
‘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” (Act 1, Scene 4)
‘Stick deep, and in his royalty of nature’ (Act 3, Scene 1)
‘I would not has such a heart in my bosom for the dignity of the whole body’ MacBeth

POWER

CHARACTERS:
Lady MacBeth –
Lady MacBeth shows her power to persuade MacBeth into killing Duncan.
Lady MacBeth shows lack of power when she can’t stop MacBeth from telling everyone what they had done (at the banquet)
MacDuff
MacDuff shows his power when he gets his army
MacDuff shows his lack of power when MacBeth kills his family
MacBeth orders to have Banquo and Fleance killed – he is afraid of losing his power.

KEY PASSAGES:
The witch prophecies about MacBeth’s rise to power
MacBeth becomes worried about his future power after Malcolm is announced as King
Lady MacBeth drugs the guards and MacBeth kills Duncan

QUOTES:
‘All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter’ – Witch (Pg 6, ACT 1, Scene 3)
‘My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is but what is not’ – Macbeth (Page 9, Act 1, Scene 3)
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