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.
RL.2 Analyze what the text says explicitly. Analyze inferences drawn from the text. Cite specific and relevant textual evidence to support analyses.
After persuasion, and being pushed by his wife Macbeth made a life changing choice, life changing in one way or another. In a struggle for power by him and his wife the decision was made that the king had to be killed. In order for the prophecy to come true and for Macbeth to become the King. After coming to this conclusion Macbeth and Lady Macbeth made plans to kill the King in the dark of the night while he was staying with them.
RL.4 Analyze the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings
Though Macbeth Accomplished what he planned, and was likely to get what he wanted he seemed distraught. This is because no matter how much you where set on doing something You still have a conscience, that will bring on guilt. No matter the level of reasoning you do with yourself you cannot calm a guilty conscience. "There’s one did laugh in ’s sleep, and one cried "Murder!" That they did wake each other. I stood and heard them.But they did say their prayers and addressed them Again to sleep."( 234 Line 20-23) Macbeth cried after the deed had been done as he was struggling with coping with what he had done
RL.4 Analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning Analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on tone.
Macbeth"s Guilty conscience clearly is effecting him after the act that him and his wife planned is competed, which we can see bothers his wife. She feels he needs to calm down and act normally "Consider it not so deeply" (235 line 28) Lady Macbeth tells him as he begins to pray about what he has done, Macbeth then responds "But wronounce “Amen”? I had most need of blessing, and “Amen” Stuck in my throat." (235 line 29-31). From this we can see that Macbeth knows the extent of the sin he has committed and feels he needs to start repenting immediately.
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As Lady Macbeth discovered that Macbeth had brought the murder knife back to their chambers she was furious. Lady Macbeth insisted he must take it back. Macbeth however refused " I’ll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done.Look on ’t again I dare not." (236 line 48-50) Lady Macbeth though annoyed, tried to give Macbeth words of comfort by trying to give him a new way to think of it "The sleeping and the dead Are but as pictures. ’Tis the eye of childhood That fears a painted devil" (236 line 52-54) she tells his this hoping that he will understand that looking at someone dead is like looking at a picture, it is going to stay the same. As a picture is what it is, so is a death. Lady Macbeth however still is the one to bring the daggers back to the scene.
Lady Macbeth during all the drama her and her husband where facing kept a calm and relaxed outlook " [Knock] Hark, more knocking.Get on your nightgown, lest occasion call us And show us to be watchers. Be not lost So poorly in your thoughts." (236 line 67-70) . She seems almost disturbingly calm and collected, knowing just what to do. Continuing she even encourages her husband to do the same by telling him not to get so lost in his thoughts.
In the end Macbeth and Lady Macbeth play dumb as they planned when the news of the kings murder was shared with them. This is impressive coming from Macbeth with the weight of his guilty conscience on his shoulders. His wife though had been convincing him of the necessity of the act throughout the night before. Macbeth did not take what he did well, he was struggling with his morality clearly as we can see throughout the text. Lady Macbeth on the other hand was the calm one who seemingly was not bothered by what they had done.