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“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.”

If you were presented with the dilemma of pursuing a new idea to become king, ruling the country by only committing a ‘foul’ dead such as murder would you choose to ignore it or go ahead with it? Would you do right or wrong? To ignore the premonitions or to go ahead, knowing that if you do go ahead you would destroy the natural order? This is what Macbeth had to solve within himself, his internal conflict.
Ladies and Gentlemen, an overriding theme of conflict is established within William Shakespeare’s tragic play “Macbeth”. Conflict. What is conflict? We simply define conflict as the struggle between opposite forces or different opinions between people. Though it doesn’t always have to include two or
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Lady Macbeth’s ambition for power leads her to an unnatural, realm of witchcraft, insomnia and madness. She transforms herself into a desexualised evil spirit. In her soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 5 “unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood”. Shakespeare uses imagery which helps add to the unnatural forces and dark powers that Lady Macbeth must have to proceed and achieve her plans.
Shakespeare has cleverly crafted the perspectives of its two main characters, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, through his use of language techniques. The dialogue between these two protaganists highlights their external conflict. Macbeth suddenly makes the decision to no longer murder king Duncan. “We will proceed no further in this business.” (Act 1.9) Following this quote, Macbeth’s wife Lady Macbeth becomes shocked and irritated with her husband. She is patronising and personal in her dialogue as she proceeds to attack his man hood. The use of a metaphor in her dialogue in Act 1, Scene 7, “And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would’, Like the poor cat I’the adage?” helps to emphasize her argument and the conflict between the two characters. “Yet do I fear thy nature: It is too full o’the milk of human-kindness”. (Act 1.5) assist her ambition. Her determination “we’ll not fail “is the result of the argument, Macbeth trying to prove his manhood to his wife,
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