MacBeth

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  • Act I: Uncertainty and Ambition
  • "Present fears are less than horrible imaginings. My thoughts, whose murder yet is fantastical...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,"(Act I, Scene iii and iv, 137-139 48-51).
  • "Tell me more. By Sinel's death I know I am Thane of Glamis. But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives a prosperous gentleman, and to be king stands not within the prospect of belief, no more than to be Cawdor. Say from whence you owe this strange intelligence..."(Act I, Scene iii, 70-76).
  • Act II: Insanity and Guilt
  • "I'll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done. look on't again I dare not...What hands are here? Ha, they pluck out mine eyes. Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?"(Act II, Scene ii, 48-50 57-59).
  • "Is this a dagger which i see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee...art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?...There's no such thing,"(Act II, Scene i, 32-33 36-38 46).
  • Act III: Paranoia
  • "I hear it by the way; but I will send. There's not a one of them but in this house I keep a servent fee'd...I am bent to know by the worst means the worst. For mine own good, all causes shall give away. I am in blood stepped in so far...Strange things I have in head, that will go to hand, which must be acted ere they may be scanned,"(Act III, Scene iv, 130-132 134-137 139-140).
  • "We have scorched the snake, not killed it...Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep in the affliction of these terrible dreams that shake us nightly,"(Act III, Scene ii, 13 17-19).
  • Macbeth is uncertain of the prophecy as he questions it but he is most certainly interested in it. This leads to his ambition to actually become the king after he becomes the Thane of Cawdor which the three witches spoke of. He wishes to kill Duncan and his son right after he pledges to them his loyalty and we start to see his personality take a more dark turn from brave and loyal to dark and sinister.
  • Act IV: Confidence and Courage
  • "...for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth,"(Act IV, Scene i, 80-81). Then live, Macduff; what need I fear of thee? But yet I'll make assurance double sure and take a bond of fate. Thou shall not live..."(Act IV, Scene i, 82-84).
  • Macbeth's sanity breaks down when he hallucinates a floating, bloodied dagger in front of him leading him to Duncan's room for murder. Macbeth has been portrayed as a strong willed person in the beginning but now he changes and starts hallucinating as he feels uneasy killing Duncan. After murdering Duncan, he feels extreme guilt and remorse as he cannot come to terms with himself murdering Duncan and his spirit is destroyed.
  • Act V: Emotionless and Pride
  • "The Queen, my lord, is dead,"(Act V, Scene v, 17). "She should have died hereafter...Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage..."(Act V, Scene v, 18 24-25).
  • After Macbeth is crowned king, he lets the power get to his head as he wants his position of the throne to go unchallenged. His paranoia takes over as he will eliminate anyone and anything that challenges his power
  • Macbeth's Downfall
  • "There is none but he whose being I do fear; and under him my genius is rebuked...upon my head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren scepter in my grip...for Banquo's issue I filed my mind,"(Act III, Scene i, 53-55 60-61 64).
  • Wanting to know more about his future, Macbeth goes to the three weird sisters once more. Two apparitions tell Macbeth to have courage and confidence as no one is going to overthrow or kill Macbeth. This gives Macbeth immense self-confidence because, before this, he was paranoid and nervous to no extent. Now that Macbeth has regained a sense of courage and confidence, he plans to defeat Macduff's army and anyone else that dares to oppose him.
  • "Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are. Macbeth shall never vanquished be..."(Act IV, Scene i, 90-92).
  • When given the news of Lady Macbeth's death, Macbeth is unfazed by it as he brushes it off his shoulder like it is nothing. He is derived of emotions for anyone out there because he forgot what it is like to love someone since all he has been doing is killing everyone. After Macbeth's army is defeated, Macbeth decides to surrender but upon hearing that his pride is going to get humiliated, he makes one last attempt to kill Macduff but fails. His pride gets in the way of his survival and it gets him killed.
  • "I will not yield to kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet and to be baited with the rabble's curse...yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff...(Act V, Scene viii, 27-29 32-33).
  • Macbeth's downfall was because of his paranoia and temptation to try to obtain more power. His paranoia led him to murder Banquo which put suspicion on him by some characters. With that suspicion, he starts to murder the ones who suspect him in order to protect himself like how he murders Macduff's family. Macbeth's temptation to obtain more power is what starts his downfall as his loyalty and virtue falters as his greed and ambition take over. Both of these things were the two main factors in Macbeth's downfall.
  • "The castle of Macduff I will surprise, seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line,"(Act IV, Scene i, 150-153).
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