Macbeth Assessment

Macbeth Assessment
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  • Objective Summary
  • "To be thus is nothing, But to be safely thus". (3.1.47-48)
  • RL.1. Analyze a theme’s development over the course of a text. Analyze how a theme emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details
  • "Blood will have blood" (3.3.122)
  • RL.2 Analyze what the text says explicitly. Analyze inferences drawn from the text. Cite specific and relevant textual evidence to support analyses. 
  • "We have scotch'd the snake not killed it" (3.2.15)
  • "You must leave this " (3.2.40)
  • Banquo's mere presence challenges and poses as a threat to Macbeth's authority as a ruler.  So Macbeth orders 3 murderers to murder to secure his position as King. " To be thus is nothing, But to be safely thus" (3.1.47-48)
  • RL.4 Analyze the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings  
  • "O, full of scorpions is my mind dear wife" (3.2.41)
  • "in time venom will breed" (3.4.34).
  • The theme of Act III was that ambition ultimately destroys its possessor.  This theme continues on from Act I. Macbeth yet again lets his ambition take his actions too far. The murder of Banquo was because the hunger for power consumed him. This will eventually lead to his downfall. "It will have blood, they say blood; blood will have blood. Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak;" (3.3.122-123).
  • RL.4 Analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning Analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on tone.
  • "The least a death to nature" (3.4.32).
  • "We have scotch'd the snake not killed it. She'll close and be herself, whilst our porr malice remains in danger of her former tooth" (3.2.15-16). From this quote we can infer that Macbeth is comparing the situation of Fleance escaping to only hurting a snake instead of killing it. Macbeth explains to Lady Macbeth that the Death of Banquo is only the beginning and is not the "killshot'. The witches claimed that Banquo's children will be kings, so because his son escaped there is still trouble.
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  • "O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife" (3.2.41) In this text Macbeth is referring to evil as scorpions. Macbeth is explaining that he has evil in his mind and that is the reason he cannot be calm as long as Fleance lives. Shakespeare uses this figurative language to help the readers have a more vivid understanding of Macbeth's troubles.
  • "There the grown serpent lies; the worm thats fled hath nature that in time will venom breed"(3.4.33-34). Shakespeare used the choice of calling Banquo so he can help the audience understand that distaste that Macbeth has towards Banquo and his children bys uing the word choices of serpents and insects. The use of the word venom helps understand that Macbeth only sees harm out of the escape of Fleance. 
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