This scene marks the promised demise of Macbeth, and good once again conquering evil. His ambitions overall lead to his demise, and if he had either followed his orders from the King, who is a higher being on the ‘Chain of Being’, or gained the royal, majestic position through an accepted process, then his death would not have been sentenced and
They enter the castle in scene seven and Macduff seeks out Macbeth, ignoring all other beings there. "Let me find him, Fortune! And more I beg not" (5.7). They finally meet and Macbeth tells him to leave, as he already has so much of his blood. Macduff says that he has no words for him and that he will let his sword be his voice. Macduff then tells Macbeth that his prophecy does not protect from him, as he had to be removed from his mother by C-section and thusly is not “Woman-born”. He then fights Macbeth to the death. He reappears in scene nine with Macbeth’s head and announces that Malcolm is now the king of Scotland.
I had received a letter from my husband saying that he ran up into the witches while returning from his victorious battle. He had mentioned that he will be a thane of Cawdor and the king, what an exciting news; This implies that I will be the queen! My great Macbeth is interested as he says about his desire to question them but they vanish into thin air. Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor and king? Can this day get any better? However, he fears that he has too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness. My dearest husband can be foolish sometimes. You know what this means? In Order to demand this murder I have called upon the evil spirits to make me stronger, make thick my blood, and have all of the action of a devil.
Before Macbeth meets with Macduff, he thinks of ways to handle Macduff so he would no longer be a problem. Macduff was considered to be a problem because he left the kingdom in order to assist an opposing force. Macbeth states “Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee? But yet I’ll make assurance double sure, and take a bond of fate.” (Act IV scn i, ln 82-84) He wants to make sure Macduff will not be a problem; he wants to keep Macduff out of his way. In this scene Macbeth is attempting to discover ways to inforce his superiority through the phrase “The castle of Macduff I will surprise; seize upon Fife; give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword his wife, his babies, and all unfortunate souls.” (Act IV scn i, ln 150-152) He hired men to kill Macduff’s family, so he will be depressed and will grieve; he wants to keep Macduff out of the way of him still being King. The main reason he did this, however, was to exert his leadership over Macduff and send a message. This paragraph explains how Macbeth was disloyal to Macduff and how he did anything to keep Macduff out of his way, but things did not turn out as he
This is outstanding praise from the king, but it confuses the audience. We have heard of Macbeth twice now, but both views contradict each other. The mystery surrounding Macbeth intensifies and we are curious to find out more about his character.
In walked Lady Macbeth, " My Thane" she spoke, " are you prepared for the event to come". Macbeth sighed and turned towards his wife, whom he had made so many sacrifices for- one being his morality. "I'm ready to get on with this" he replied, " the sooner it is over with- the sooner I can move on with life". Macbeth busied himself with picking robes for the procession.
I witnessed something my soul cannot bear. Compunction? Macduff does not have such a heart! I do not even want to begin to comprehend the tragic regicide. Of course, I only ever think; dare to speak as I am in no position to comment; now more than ever. They claim ‘the time is free’, but without Lady Macbeth’s presence, I have no purpose in the Cawdor Castle! What freedom do I now hold? Like that of an Autumn leaf, their popular colours have faded. Those that knew the Macbeth’s fathom their improper and tragic perception of happiness. Then again, who am I to assume their actions were accustomed? Innocence does not run through my veins.
When dealing with scene II act II from Macbeth, we can’t miss Shakespeare’s mastery in stagecraft. This story of crime and punishment culminates here in a climax of horror and terror, which exposes to the 17th century spectator the features of the two plotters of Duncan’s murder. Thus, the audience are invited to attend the inevitable and tragic downfall of these protagonists.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to honour a man who was amazing in so many ways. You may have known him since birth, as I have, or you may have only known him a brief time, but in any case, he touched your life. He touched many lives, some with his valiant courage and love, some with his kitchen knives. Although our dear friend Macbeth has passed from this world to the next, there is still much to be learned from him. He always had a kind word for me, and although he was bit intense he was a very special man. His face could have entranced the sirens themselves: such was his beauty and grace. He charmed friends and strangers alike with his wit and
From the witnesses we have heard from, it’s clear that Macduff was absent from Macbeth’s coronation.However, unlike the other witnesses, the servant’s testimony, looks to blame my client’s zealous attitude of Macbeth’s success as his main motive. But,
Though Macbeth is reluctant at first to commit the most evil of deeds, murder, he is wholly convinced by Lady Macbeth, a driving force of betrayal within the play. Lady Macbeth utters “Letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would,’/ like the poor cat i’ the adage?” The willingness of Lady Macbeth to reach the epitome of betrayal is displayed through the use of a simile that heightens our understanding of the overpowering and strong nature of Lady Macbeth as well as her deep and murderous desires she wishes to impose on her husband. From this, viewers are exposed to the persuasive and emotive techniques Lady Macbeth utilizes to manipulate and drive Macbeth to commit the treasonous act. Moreover, the dangers associated to the pursuit of an unrestrained dream and the hollowness of power are again reiterated by Lady Macbeth; “Look like thy innocent flower but be the serpent under it. Through the use of metaphorical imagery, Lady Macbeth’s untamed ambition transpires
The porter tells Macduff that he stayed up all night drinking alcohol, and it is ruining his life. Macduff then asks Macbeth if the king has awoken from his unknown at the time never-ending slumber, and that Duncan asked to see him in the morning. Macbeth tells him that the king is still asleep, and takes Macduff to the room in which the king was stationed. Macduff leaves the room astonished by the state of his king, and yells that the king has been assassinated. Macduff encourages the others to look, because what he saw was unexplainable. The group of people tell the king’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, of their father’s murder, and the boys promptly escape to faraway locations. There is an agreeance of a meeting in the hall in order to discuss their course of action from this point onwards.
Near the end of Act II, Lady Macbeth begins to diverge from the nefarious character she was. Along with this change comes one in Macbeth’s character. Upon the discovery of the wanton murder of the guards, Lady Macbeth appears to faint (2.3.130). Merely hearing of their bloodshed causes guilt to flow over
As Macbeth learnt about the prophecies from the witches. They predict that he will the king but also predict that Malcom the son of King Duncan will become the prince of Cumberland. Feeling uneasy about this Macbeth lets his wife Lady Macbeth know and urges Macbeth to kill Duncan. He let his wife, Lady Macbeth, into persuading him into killing King Duncan. Macbeth then became a murderer and soon came to lose his mind. He began to change into something so evil that he couldn't find his way back into heroic warrior that he was. He started to become weary of his surroundings and dependent towards the witches. Macduff was not as caught up in love as Macbeth, he left his family to help his nation. Macduff clues in about how Macbeth is a murderers and flees to England to seek military aid from the English Kind Edward to overthrow Macbeth. Unwisely Macduff left his wife and children behind and enraged Macbeth sends murderers to Macduff’s castle to slaughter Macduff’s entire family. After his wife and children are killed, Macduff is flailing around blames himself and states, “all my pretty ones? All my pretty chickens and their dam/ at one fell swoop?” (Act 4, Scene