Macbeth Characterisation Storyboard 2

Macbeth Characterisation Storyboard 2
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  • When Banquo hands over duty with guarding the King to Fleance, the passing of the torch can be seen which foreshadows the events of Banquo’s death as it represents permanent transfer of his manhood to Fleance. The witches had made the prophecy that Banquo’s children will be kings, and it is shown here that Banquo is indifferent to the prophecy and is not realising this foreshadowing on his own. Because he both knows the prophecy and is honorable, Banquo is both a threat to Macbeth and a living example of the noble path that Macbeth chose not to take.
  • The urge to become king is now strong in Macbeth. As he walks to the king's chamber, he imagines himself as the personification of Murder itself, stealthily making its way towards its victim. Macbeth seems to transfer his own doubts concerning the afterlife to Duncan, whether the king will go to heaven or hell is now an academic matter. Ironically, for Macbeth himself, the outcome is likely to be more certain since this deed sets the fine definition of evil in Macbeth's soul.
  • Lady Macbeth's words introduce the replacement of fear of failure with fear of discovery, and even though she describes herself as drunk with boldness and on fire with passion, she is just as easily alarmed as her husband is by the tiniest noises and movements. Despite all this, she appears to be sufficiently hardened to the deed to be able to make several horribly ironic comments, including the observation that she would have committed the murder herself.
  • Guilt-stricken Macbeth tells his wife of his fears, in response to which Lady Macbeth calls him a coward and tells him not to think so "brainsickly" of things. Macbeth's immediate guilt is contradictory to his uncanny confidence prior the murder, showing the parallel between the appearance of the drive of his actions being his will to become King, vs the reality of that being Lady Macbeth's manipulation.
  • Early morning, Macduff comes with Lennox to wake Duncan up as he had commanded. In this scene, Macduff's loyalty and sufficiency of service to the King are seen, in comparison to that of Macbeth. Macduff honors King Duncan's trust in him, while Macbeth does not do so. This raises dubiousness with regards to how Macduff would be rewarded for his loyalty and how Macbeth would be punished for his deceit.
  • In this scene, Macduff is the discoverer of Duncan's body. He says that a murderer has broken into "Lord’s anointed temple" and stolen the life out of it. Not only has Macbeth "murdered sleep", but he has destroyed the actual symbol of nature, foreshadowing the recurring consequences to come.
  • Early morning, Macduff comes with Lennox to wake Duncan up as he had commanded. In this scene, Macduff's loyalty and sufficiency of service to the King are seen, in comparison to that of Macbeth. Macduff honors King Duncan's trust in him, while Macbeth does not do so. This raises dubiousness with regards to how Macduff would be rewarded for his loyalty and how Macbeth would be punished for his deceit.
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