Macbeth Project

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My Macbeth project for English class

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  • Act I--The Brave (and Uncertain) Macbeth
  • "For brave Macbeth (well deserves that name), disdaining fortune with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution" (Macbeth, I, ii, 16-18).
  • Act II--Distraught and Doubtful
  • "But wherefore could not pronounce 'Amen'? I had most need of blessing, and 'Amen' stuck in my throat" (Macbeth, II, ii, 29-31)
  • Act III--Manipulated becomes Manipulator
  • How you were borne in hand, how crossed, the instruments, who wrought with them, and all things else that might to half a soul and to a notion crazed say "Thus did Banquo'" (Macbeth, III, i, 80-83).
  • In the beginning of Act 1, we are told by the Captain that Macbeth was a brave warrior who was know for "disdaining fortune…" (Macbeth, I, ii, 17). When we first see Macbeth, he is questioning the witches' prophecy, showing some uncertainty.
  • Act IV--Begging Please on His Knees
  • "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! (Macbeth, IV, i, 77). "Had I three ears, I'd hear thee." (Macbeth, IV, i, 78).
  • After killing King Duncan, Macbeth is too distraught to think straight. In the span of Act II, he forgets to blame the guards as well as "could not pronounce 'Amen'" (Macbeth, II, ii, 29).
  • Act V--Confident or Cocky?
  • "Thou losest labor. As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air with thy keen sword impress as make me bleed. Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests; I bear a charmed life, which must not yield to one of woman born" (Macbeth, V, viii, 8-13)
  • In Act III, Macbeth goes through a sudden change in personality. Before in Act II, he was constantly being manipulated by Lady Macbeth, but here he is manipulating these murders to kill Banquo by blaming him for their poorness.
  • Summary--The Change in Macbeth's Character
  • "Hail King! for so thou art. Behold where stands th' usurper's cursed head. The time is free. I see thee compassed with thy kingdom's pearl, whose voices I desire aloud with mine. Hail, King of Scotland!" (Macbeth, V, viii, 55-60)
  • Macbeth is asking the three Weïrd Sisters about his prophecies in the beginning of Act IV. He is completely paranoid and is begging for the prophecy, saying "Had I three ears, I'd hear thee" (Macbeth, IV, i, 78).
  • In the last act, Act V, the grand finale gets underway. While Macbeth and Macduff are fighting, Macbeth states "I bear a charmed life, which must not yield to one of woman born" (Macbeth, V, viii, 12-13). Macbeth trusts the witches' prophecy so much that throughout the act and acts very confident because he thoroughly believes that he can't lose.
  • In summary, Macbeth went form brave and loved by all in the beginning to being a cold, cocky, heartless killer by the end. He used to be Scotland's savor but after he died, Scotland's "time is free" (Macbeth, V, viii, 56). At that point, he had been doing Scotland more harm than good.
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