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Module 8

Culminating assignment for Macbeth. Module 8 ENG3U
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Jesse Baker

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"But all’s too weak, for brave Macbeth.” The Hero's Demise William Shakespeare's character, Macbeth, is complex, with many dimensions to his personality. Throughout the play, Macbeth undergoes many changes that take his character from hero to villain in a very short time. It is Macbeth's pride that makes him brave on the battlefield, but it is this excessive pride that leads him down a path to murder, and eventually, his downfall.

Act 1 Scene 2: As the play begins, the audience sees Macbeth, admired by many, as the fearless, valiant war hero who has defeated Macdonwald and the Norwegian king’s army. Act 2 Scene 2: After the murder, Macbeth begins to lose his mind. He feels guilty and frightened, he could not say "amen," he hears strange voices, he is frightened by noises, and can not make himself wash the blood off his hands. Macbeth is overwhelmed by his guilt, and beginning to go insane. The Mire of Madness The Dungeon of Death Act 2 Scene 3: Macbeth kills the guards and frames them for murder to cover the fact that he killed Duncan. Pretending to be enraged, Macbeth shows deceitfulness. After killing Duncan, he doesn't mind killing the innocent anymore. This is just the first of many crimes Macbeth commits in order to cover up his original crime. Inhumanity Hill Pride, Macbeth's fatal flaw, has carried him on a doomed journey from conquering hero to conquered tyrant.

Act 5 Scene 8: He dies at the sword of Macduff after losing everything to his pride and ambition. The Fields of Battle Act 1 Scene 3: The witches prophesize that Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor and King. Macbeth's ego and ambition are revealed with his interest in the prophecy. The Peak of Persuasive Prophecy "Tell me more” Act 1 Scene 3: Seeing that the witches' prophecy is coming true, when he is told that the King has made him Thane of Cawdor, ambitious thoughts of murdering King Duncan begin to fill his mind. He reveals that his thoughts frighten him, showing that he still has a conscience and sense of right and wrong. The Alleyway of Ambition “Why do I yield to that suggestion whose
horrid image doth unfix my hair.” Act 1 Scene 4: Macbeth thinks about Malcolm, who is to be named Prince of Cumberland. Macbeth knows that he will either have to step over him, or give up his quest to become king. Macbeth says that he will murder Duncan in the end, even though he is afraid of his own actions. This scene shows that Macbeth's desire for power is greater than his fear. The Palace of Power “The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be which the
eye fears, when it is done, to see.” The Uncertain Sidestep “We will speak further” Act 1 Scene 7: Macbeth says that if he could end the whole event, without consequences, by murdering Duncan, he would do it. This shows how cold blooded Macbeth is; his thirst for power is strong enough to lead him to murder. The Cold Blooded Cave “If the assassination could trammel up the consequence and catch with his surcease success… we’d jump the life to come.” Act 1 Scene 7: Macbeth says that he his Duncan's host, and should be protecting Duncan, not trying to murder him. This shows that despite his ambition, Macbeth still is loyal to the king, and has some sense of right or wrong left. The Proper Path Act 1 Scene 5: Macbeth shows he is still unsure, when he tells Lady Macbeth they will discuss the idea more, when she proposes that they kill Duncan that night. “His host, who should against his murderer
shut the door, not bear the knife myself.” The Detour of Doubt Act 1 Scene 7: Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that he does not want to go on with the plan anymore. This shows that he still has a conscience, and also that he is doubtful that their plan will end well for them. “We will proceed no further in this business.” Act 1 Scene 7: After telling Lady Macbeth that he does not want to go on with their plan, Lady Macbeth calls Macbeth a coward, and says that if he does not murder Duncan, he is not a man. Macbeth's pride becomes his fatal flaw. Because of this weakness, Lady Macbeth is able to talk him back into murder. Not wanting to be called a coward, Macbeth sets aside common sense, loyalty, and the greater good, to defend his pride and manliness. “Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem’st the ornament
of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem.” The Corner of Cowardice Act 2 Scene 1: Macbeth sees a floating dagger before murdering Duncan. The dagger is symbolic of the guilt Macbeth feels, and his acceptance of the murder he is about to commit. "It is the bloody business which informs thus to mine eyes.” "Is this a dagger" Scene from Macbeth, 1978 Source: YouTube "What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes.” The Portcullis of Plotting “Repent me of my fury, that I did kill them.” The Fray of Foolishness Act 3 Scene 1: Macbeth says that he fears Banquo, because Banquo is brave, but acts nobly. Macbeth is the opposite, he is brave, but selfish. Because Banquo’s descendents will be kings, Macbeth plots to have him and his son Fleance murdered. This scene shows that Macbeth has lost all sense of right and wrong, and has become manipulative, deceitful, and evil. "Who wear our health but sickly in his life, which in his death were perfect.” Act 3 Scene 2: Macbeth says that he would rather die than spend his life in fear. He does not tell Lady Macbeth about his plan to murder Banquo, even when she asks him. This scene shows that Macbeth is starting to take control, which until now was held by Lady Macbeth. The Cavern of Control "Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck.” Act 3 Scene 4: Macbeth is told that Banquo is dead, but becomes worried because Fleance still lives. At the banquet, he sees Banquo’s ghost. The ghost is symbolic of the guilt that Macbeth feels for his evil deeds, and it displays his growing fear. Macbeth is continuing to lose his touch with reality, as he becomes delusional in this scene. The Feast of Fear Act 3 Scene 4: Macbeth says he is going to see the witches, again, claiming that his own safety is very important to him now. Macbeth is becoming frantic with fear and wants to be reassured that he is safe by the witches prophecies. The Frantic Forest Act 4 Scene 1: Macbeth commands the witches to answer his questions, saying that he does not care what dark magic they use. Macbeth is out of control, and is being reckless in order to get what he wants. The Reckless River “I will – to the weird sisters. More shall they speak, for now I am bent to know.” “Answer me to what I ask you.” The Pinnacle of Pride Act 4 Scene 1: Macbeth is shocked to see the royal descendents of Banquo, revealing his fear and doubt about his own reign as king. The Tree of Truth Act 4 Scene 1: After hearing that Macduff has fled, Macbeth decides to take control of Fife and kill Macduff’s family. He says that from now on, he will do things the moment he thinks of them. This displays his desire for total control, and his ruthlessness; he does not care who he sentences to death anymore. The Ruthless Ridge Act 4 Scene 1: After Macbeth hears the omens' prophecies, he becomes arrogant, believing himself to be invincible. His fatal flaw, blind pride, leads him to his downfall again. “What need I fear of thee?” Act 5 Scene 3: Macbeth says he does not want any more more reports, for he believes he can not be killed. This shows his foolish pride. He knows this battle will decide whether he will stay king or be dethroned, and killed. His pride and desire for power keeps him from thinking about what the prophecy might really mean. "Horrible sight! Now I see it is true.” "His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line. " "Bring me no more reports. Let them fly all.” Act 5 scene 5: Macbeth is enraged when he hears that Birnam wood is coming to Dunsinane. He is tired of living, and wants to see the world fall into chaos. He does not care what happens anymore, almost welcoming death; he wants it to be over. "I'gin to be aweary of the sun, and wish th' estate o' th' world were now undone.” Act 5 Scene 3: Macbeth says his life is coming to an end, and he does not have the pleasures that should come with age, yet he does not seem to care. He has become indifferent to the world, miserable, and almost suicidal. “My way of life is fall'n into the sere, the yellow leaf.” The Deluge of Indifference “She should have died hereafter.” The Land of the Lost Act 5 Scene 5: Macbeth says that he has forgotten what fear is like, because of the many horrors he has seen. He has become insensitive, barely feeling real emotion anymore. He does not even react when when he hears that Lady Macbeth is dead; he has lost all touch with reality, right and wrong, and life itself. The Devil's Den Act 5 Scene 8: After learning that Macduff was not born of a woman, Macbeth curses Macduff and the witches, claiming that his courage has been damaged. Despite this, he still fights, refusing to surrender. Macbeth's pride leads him to his death, as he was in the beginning, a fearless warrior. "Yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff, And damned be him that first cries, “Hold, enough!” "No, nor more fearful.” The Canyon of Chaos Act 5 Scene 7: Macbeth says he can not run away now, but only fears the one who is not born of a woman. When he encounters the young Siward, Macbeth admits that his name is more frightening than the devil. He realizes how evil he has become, but does not seem to care. The House of Hubris "Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake thy gory locks at me.” Works Cited: All free clip art found on Google Images, and office.mirosoft.com/en-us/ Video: Clip 1:
Polanski, Roman, dir. “Macbeth," YouTube, 1971, web, November 9, 2012

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Polanski, Roman, dir. “Macbeth," YouTube, 1971, web, November 9, 2012

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Casson, Phillip, dir. “Macbeth," YouTube, 1978, web, November 9, 2012

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Casson, Phillip, dir. “Macbeth," YouTube, 1978, web, November 9, 2012

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Casson, Phillip, dir. “Macbeth," YouTube, 1978, web, November 9, 2012 A Character Map of Macbeth

Module 8 ENG3U

By Jesse Baker
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