Macbeth

Macbeth
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  • Porter: "Who's there, i' th' name of Beelzebub? Here's a farmer, that hanged himself on th' expectation of plenty."
  • Porter: "But this place is too cold for hell. I'll devil-porter it no further. I had thought to had left some of all professions that go the primrose way to th' everlasting bonfire... I pray you, remember the porter."
  • Lennox: "... the obscure bird clamored the livelong night. Some say, the earth was feverous and did shake."
  • (II.iii.3-5) The Porter is breaking down the 4th wall in the Scottish play, and is penetrating into the spiritual motif into the fibers of the play. Through the porters drunken language he speaks of Beelzebub, Satan, the theme of sin; guilt that is seen when Macbeth kills Duncan. He is literally picturing himself as the gate keeper of hell. The farmer is imaginary and would have went to hell for killing himself (sinning) which factors into the overall plot, the wrongdoing of man. A tragedy.
  • Macduff: "O gentle lady, 'tis not for you to hear what I can speak: The repetition, in a woman's ear, would murder as it fell."
  • (I.iii.14-18)The Porter refers to Macbeth's castle as a living hell "...this place is too cold for hell." and remains tinkering into the spiritual motif. He will no longer be the Devil's porter (gatekeeper). He thought he escaped the primrose way; destructive path to hell, an everlasting bonfire. Maintaining the theme of guilt, follows a new theme. Irony. He (hell's gatekeeper) wants a prayer, he wants to be known. almost as if the viewer falls under hypnosis, you start to sympathize for the porter.
  • Old Man: "Tis' unnatural, even like the deed that's done. On Tuesday last A falcon, tow'ring in her pride of place, was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed."
  • (II.iii.53-55) Lennox was telling Macbeth that there was a bird howling all night and the earth shook like it had a fever. During Elizabethan times it was believed that nature coincides with human actions, so by saying the earth shook like it had a fever before knowing of Duncan's murder, it brings up a supernatural motif. Another anecdote is how the quake was described "feverous" which means it was a rapid shake, which emphasizes the intensity of the crime committed (the murder of Duncan)
  • Macduff: "'Gainst nature still. Thriftless ambition, that will ravin up thine own life's means! Then 'tis most like the sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth."
  • (II.iii.78-81) People are now finding out about King Duncan's murder, so Lady Macbeth has to act surprised. Macduff try's to warn her that the news is too much for a woman to handle. An ironic theme is tinkered in here based off of Lady Macbeth's prior "unsex me now" soliloquy in act I, where she states that she wants to be taken as seriously as a man. This is a prime example of the appearance vs. reality motif. Lady looks like an innocent woman, but in reality she was the accomplice/ main conspirator.
  • (II.iv.10-13) The Tuesday before Duncan's death, Old Man saw a mousing owl hawk at and kill a falcon that was minding its business. After, Ross knew of a similar incident with Duncan's horses. Two of them turned on each other and ate each other. This follows a pray vs. pray motif. One of Duncan's own (Macbeth) turned on him and killed him. Horses are loyal; obedient, Duncan believed Macbeth way loyal. Macbeth was a kinsman of Duncan. They were allies, two obedient horses for each other.
  • (II.iv.27-30) Suspicion towards Malcolm and Donalbain (the King's sons) grows after they flee practically immediately after news of their fathers murder. Macduff is saying that everything about he situation is natural. It wasn't right for them to murder. Out of default, the crown goes to Macbeth. This picks up the theme of irony. Macbeth killed the King, but is seen as more innocent than the King's sons. With that said, it also conjures the appearance vs. reality motif AND pray vs. pray.
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