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Amna Zia

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Transcript of Macbeth

Theme Statement
Beware of negative influences, for they may compel you to bend your morals, and lead you to your own destruction
Macbeth as Thane of Glamis
The three witches' prophecy
Macbeth and Banquo receive prophecy
- The three witches deliver promises of power and tempt them with power
Lady Macbeth's Instigations
Visual Representation of Macbeth's influences
Exploring the Influences of Others
Nature vs nurture -
Macbeth was presumably raised into the role of nobility likely resulting in arrogance and being overly self confident
Banquo's Wraith
Second encounter with the witches: Apparitions
Return from the dead -
The reappearance of Banquo's ghost brings about guilt of his crimes
Exploiting insecurities
- when Macbeth seems hesitant to fully carry through with killing King Duncan, she berates him and deems him a coward
Influence by power -
being highly successful in battle and having a position of power, Macbeth was very self confident and determined in his goals
Development of the Theme
The three witches
The influence of Lady Macbeth
Act 1, scene 3: Macbeth to himself
“If good, why do I yield to that suggestion
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,
Against the use of nature? Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings.
My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man that function..

Pushed Macbeth to his ultimate edge
Constant harassment
Provoked Macbeth's "manliness"
Direct influence

Act 1, scene 7: Macbeth to Lady Macbeth
"We will proceed no further in this business
He hath honour'd me of late; and I have bought
Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
Not cast aside so soon."
Influence of the supernatural
Tempt with the promise of power
Planted the idea of kingship
Self-fulfilling prophecy
Indirect influence
Act 1 Scene 3: The prophecy
All hail Macbeth hail to thee, Thane of Glamis.
All hail Macbeth hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor.
All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter.
- (1.3.46-48)
Act 1, scene 3: Macbeth to himself
"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me"
Embodiment of Macbeth's conscience
Voice of reason
Macbeth's greatest fear
Drives Macbeth to paranoia
indirect influence
Act 3 Scene 4 : Macbeth to Banquo's ghost
"Thou canst not say I did it; never shake
Thy gory locks at me"

Act 3 Scene 4: Macbeth to Banquo's ghost
"What a man dare, I dare
Approach thou like a rugged Russian bear
The armed rhinoceros, or th’ Hyrcan tiger
Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
Shall never tremble"
Fear -
Given that his own prophecy had come true, Macbeth does everything in his power to ensure that Banquo's lineage doesn't continue
- Lady Macbeth, upon hearing of the prophecy grasps the opportunity and tries to persuade Macbeth to take his fated position on the throne
Self fulfilling prophecy -
a prediction/expectation that comes true due to one's belief in it's actuality
They are the initial creator of chaos
False assurance:
Gives Macbeth false security, and over confidence that he won't be defeated by a woman born
Ultimate doom:
Over confidence turns into arrogance which affects his judgement and sense of morality, leading him to believe that he will never be destroyed
Act 1, scene 7: Macbeth to Lady Macbeth
Prithee, peace:
I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none.
What beast was't, then,
That made you break this enterprise to me?
When you durst do it, then you were a man;
And, to be more than what you were, you would
Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place
Did then adhere, and yet you would make both:
They have made themselves, and that their fitness now
Does unmake you.
I have given suck, and know
How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,
And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this. -
Second witches' encounter :Apparitions
Lead to his ultimate downfall
Gave him false security
Over-confidence, false invincibility
Let him fall into deception
Affected his sound judgement

Act 4, scene 1: FIRST APPARITION
Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff.
Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.
Act 4, scene 1: Second apparition to Macbeth
Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth!—
Had I three ears, I’d hear thee.
Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth.
Then live, Macduff. What need I fear of thee?
Act 4, scene 1: THIRD APPARITION
Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care
Who chafes, who frets, or where Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him. conspirers are
The instruments of darkness tell us truths
Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s
In deepest consequence”

Thou canst not say I did it; never shake
Thy gory locks at me
- ( 3.4.50-51)

What beast was't, then,
That made you break this enterprise to me?
When you durst do it, then you were a man;
And, to be more than what you were, you would
Be so much more the man.
Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee?
But yet I'll make assurance double sure,
And take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live;
That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies,
And sleep in spite of thunder.

I care not if thou dost for me as much.
I pull in resolution and begin
- 5.5.40-41
The 3 witches
Macbeth himself
Lady Macbeth
Banquo's ghost
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