Macbeth (Theme: Corruption of Power)


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  • Scene 1: A gentlewoman calls over a doctor to examine a sleepwalking Lady Macbeth who murmurs dark secrets without knowing it. The stress and guilt of the sins she committed to bring up Macbeth has finally started to come down on her. She dies not too long later.
  • "Out, damned spot, out, I say!" (5.1.37)
  • Scene 2: The English army led by Malcolm, Macduff, and Siward approach Inverness and meet up with the Scottish rebellion forces. Everyone is now aware of Macbeth's deceit, his murders, and his greed for power, and they're determined to bring him to justice.
  • Scene 5: Macbeth is told that his wife had just died, but instead of feeling pain or grief, he spares a short speech on the meaningless of life. It's evident here that Macbeth has by now lost his humanity.
  • Scene 5: A messenger tells Macbeth that he saw "Great Birnam Wood approaching Dunsinane," which was one of the conditions for Macbeth's downfall. This severely infuriates Macbeth, almost like a threat to him saying "You're about to die." Instead of taking the messenger's word wisely, he shows denial, rage, and insecurity, since his power is now at stake.
  • "Liar and slave!/.../ If thou speak't false,/ Upon the next tree shall thou hang alive/ Till famine cling thee" (5.5.40-46)
  • Scene 8: Macbeth still clings on to the beneficial prophecies of the apparitions, placing his bet on the idea that absolutely everyone is woman-born. He slays Young Siward, and continues in the battle, feeling invincible. However, he does not end his recklessness even after Macduff not only appeared before him, but even after Macduff explained how he was not woman-born. Macbeth let his power get to his head and ended up paying the price for it.
  • Act 5
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