Macbeth Character Analysis Essay

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Analysis: “I have done the deed’ (II, ii, 15) before asking “Didst thou hear a noise? (II, ii, 15)”. He is already paranoid about the murder: “... it cried ‘Sleep no more!’ to all the house. ‘Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor Shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more (II, ii, 40–42)”. This threat will haunt Macbeth throughout the rest of the play. Characterisation: Macbeth is traumatised by what he has committed. This suggests that he is aware of the horrific nature of his actions. Lady Macbeth takes control of the situation with sensible and practical instructions. Another example where she is calmer, braver and more vicious than Macbeth. Theme: Guilt: Macbeth refuses to return to Duncan’s chamber because he cannot look at the murder scene, showing that he feels guilt. Macbeth is terrified of the noise and disgusted by the blood on his hands. Another place where he is paranoid “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? (II, ii, 59–60)”. He will never be able to wash away the guilt of Duncan’s murder and this metaphor of blood-stained hands is repeated throughout the play. Lady Macbeth returns and calls him cowardly for his feelings however, later in the play she becomes mad by her actions and unable to live with them, while Macbeth hardens himself to his feelings of guilt. Lady Macbeth confesses that she would have killed Duncan herself but was unable to because he reminded her father. This is an acknowledgement of some degree of a guilty conscience in Lady Macbeth. Central Questions: Is Lady Macbeth as calm as she would like us and Macbeth to believe? Why or why not Act II, Scene iii Analysis: A porter appears on the stage. He is clearly drunk and conducts an imaginary conversation, as if he were the gatekeeper to hell. The porter curses in the “name of Beelzebub.” he calls the name of the devil instead of god. These references to Hell serve to show the reader that Macbeth is creating a Hell storm within Scotland. Macduff refers to Duncan’s body as “the Lord’s anointed temple (II, iii, 70)”. During the time this play was written, there was a general consensus that kings were awarded their right to rule by God. Any attack on the king
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