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Transcript of Introducing.....
Before Macbeth kills Duncan
Macbeth is realizing how horrible the act he is about to commit is and is thinking about the consequences
Macbeth: Much like hearing something horrible happen to an innocent baby or angel would make people cry in sorrow, as would the death of King Duncan.
"My plenteous joys,
Wanton in fullness, seek to hide themselves
In drops of sorrow. Sons, kinsmen, thanes,
And you whose places are the nearest, know
We will establish our estate upon
Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
The prince of Cumberland." (1.4.39-45)
Both Macbeth and Malcolm do not have children and can never understand the grief of a parent who has lost a child. For that same reason, Macbeth has no children, Macduff will never be able to get proper revenge because Macbeth can never feel the same pain.
The Good, The Bad... and The Adorable:
Babies and Children Symbolism in William Shakespeare's
I have nursed a baby and I know of the love and compassion behind it. Yet still, I would not have a problem to pull it away from me while breast-feeding and murder it, if I had promised.
"Your highness' part
Is to receive our duties: and our duties
Are to your throne and state, children and servants;
Which do but what they should, by doing everything
Safe toward your love and honour." (1.4.26-30)
"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." (1.7.59-64)
Macbeth: And pity, like a naked new-born babe,
Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubin horsed
Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
That tears shall drown in the wind" (1.7.21-25).
Macbeth: "Go prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, / Thou lily-liver'd boy." (5.3.16-17)
Macbeth: Show some courage, by the paleness of your face it is clear you are a cowardly boy.
As king, it is your responsibility to watch over the kingdom and all of its people as if you are their father and they your children. They in turn will be obedient to you.
I am so overjoyed that it has led me to tears. Everybody far and wide, listen up! I want everyone to know that one day my son Malcolm will rule as king.
"He has no children. All my pretty ones?
Did you say all? O, hell-kite! All?
What, all my pretty chickens and their dam
At one fell swoop?" (4.3.253-56)
. Ed. Margaret Kortes. Toronto: Harcourt Canada, 1988.
Macbeth is awaiting the attack
He has been abandoned by everyone
He is being rude to his servant and insulting him (character change)
Macbeth is comparing Duncan to a baby
Demonstrating babies/children as good, innocent things
Children are weak, powerless (insult)
The weak get taken advantage of
Good vs bad
The battle is over, the thane of Cawdor is gone
Duncan is rewarding his troops
Macbeth is speaking of Duncan's importance
It is the night of Duncan's death
Macbeth is hesitant about the murder
Lady Macbeth is emphasising her own strength/willingness
There is discussion about the execution of the former thane of Cawdor
Duncan has congratulated his soldiers on winning the battle
Duncan names Malcolm his future heir
Macduff is in England persuading Malcolm to return
He had just found out Macbeth has murdered his family
He speaks of the pain, and never being able to get revenge
The people are the children and need care/protection
It gives a sense of who is leading/following
Duncan being the father gives a sense of security and safety
The positive outlook on children and the effect of harming them in literature
The evil and cruel feeling "in the air"
The action itself becomes worse.
When children are successful parents take great pride
Malcolm taking the throne one day is everything Duncan can hope for
Duncan is affected by his children because he needs be a role model
As well as pride, children can cause parents great pain
Maduff will forever be filled with guilt and greif
Proper revenge can never be served.
Children and Babies can symbolize both good and bad situation
is full of paradoxes "fair is foul and foul is fair"(1.1.11) (theme) and children symbolism add to the theme
When adding babies and children as an aspect to anything it gives the situation more compassion and meaning
Children and babies bring a deeper feeling to situations
"Children are the best reason to lose sleep at night."-Unknown
, children symbolism contributed to the theme of the play, to the atmosphere is scenes and how characters felt.