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Michael Baboolal

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Transcript of Doppelgangers-Orriss

Doppelgangers What is a Doppelganger -the word 'doppelganger' is a German translation of 'double walker.' They are believed to be a sign of death, misfortune and omens.

-It was defined by Frederick S. Frank as a “second self or alternate identity, sometimes, but not always a physical twin”

-Gothic doppelganger in specific often haunt and threaten the rational psyche of victim

-Dual nature- an inherent flaw in a man, it predisposes him to trouble. If we let that part of ourselves take over, that will overall lead into the depravity in our own good nature. Doppelgangers in History Throughout history there have been many documented cases of doppelgangers, such as Abraham Lincoln and Percy B Shelley. Abraham Lincoln The night of his first election, Abraham Lincoln came home and laid on his sofa. Upon looking across into the mirror he saw himself, full length but with two faces. As he stood up to get a better view, the faces were no longer there. When he laid back down, they reappeared, except one of the faces were paler than the other. Percy B. Shelley One of the major English romantic poets, Percy Shelley reportedly saw his doppelganger in Italy. He claimed it pointed towards the Mediterranean Sea. Shortly after this 'encounter', he had a sailing accident and drowned in the Mediterranean Sea Doppelgangers in Macbeth Lady Macbeth and Macbeth Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are considered two halves of a soul, the evil vs. good in a human being. When one is touched with human kindness, the other is diabolical and conniving, and vise versa.
Lady Macbeth is Macbeth's doppelganger, egging him onto the dark side, but later on , the roles switch, and we see Macbeth becoming as ruthless as she wanted him to be, but worse. They both show the split personality of human beings. Macbeth and the Witches Macbeth and Himself Lady Macbeth and Herself Characteristics of Gothic Literature Macbeth is inherently a flawed man, During the dramatic moments in the play, such as meeting the witches, killing Duncan, killing Banquo and Mcduff's / his family, and in the end completely disregarding Lady Macbeth altogether; each moment brings a dual side to him, it chips his sanity, and eventually brings him to his downfall (Peripeteia) Lady Macbeth may seem as though she is one dimensional, the counterpart of Macbeth, his worst self, when in fact, she contains her own internal conflict. She is not only the enemy of Macbeth, the one who created a monster, but the caring wife who is only looking out for her husband. Her dual personality comes when she is unable to balance the two. Dreaming is characterized as a form of mental activity, it invokes strong emotions and is used in Gothic literature due to the heightened emotion illustrated Sleepwalking (being possessed by evil spirits), which also shows your dual nature. Savagery and barbarism Women being perceived as evil and manipulative Haunted by second self We see Macbeth’s dual nature in the beginning of this play by his inability to want to commit evil acts, but on the other side his desire for power and status. After Macbeth kills Duncan, his moral nature is still intact. He feels great remorse, and is disgusted in himself and what he brought himself to. He is internally debating –on one side he wants power other side- remorseful and guilty Macbeth ends up letting his dual nature take over. The moment he started plotting against Banquo, Macbeth took a shift in his spiritual self.
He began to enjoy the night because while he has become a sinner, he is ashamed to see himself in daylight. His original self can be seen during his sleep, meaning he is perpetuated with guilt. "The innocent sleep, sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of core, The doth of each days life" (ii.ii.35-36) "Look like the flower, but be a serpent under’t" ( I.vi. 65-66) -Lady Macbeth "I’ll go no more: I am afraid to think what I have done; look on’t again I dare not" (II.ii.50-52) "Stars hide your fires let not light see my black desires" ( i.iv.50-52)
"T'were best not know myself "(II.ii.73) He becomes a completely different human being by the end of the play. He is not the emotional, guilty man, he is a merciless, psychopathic killer
We see the doppelganger of Macbeth by the end of the play When she realizes of the witches prophecy, she is more excited by the prospect of her husband finally attaining power, then her own desires. She is strong and dominating, and has zero faith in her husband “Come to my women's breast, and take my milk for gally, you murder ministers” ( I.v.48-49) She knows that she needs to rid herself of her soft nature in order for Macbeth to succeed, so she becomes inevitably, evil. After Duncan's murder, Lady Macbeth tells her husband to stop being so womanly. Her dominant, powerfully, merciless nature is in full effect there. And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man (I.vii.50) She loses her sanity. She begins to sleepwalk, showing that her true nature has begun to truly haunt her. Unable to balance her two selves anymore, she chooses to give up, and lets herself die in her sleep, “To bed, to bed; there's knocking at the gate: come, come, come , come, give me your hand: whats done, cannot be undone: to bed, to bed, to bed.”
( V.i.65-67) Macbeth would not have committed the crime of killing Duncan if it wasn’t for Lady Macbeth, who was the only person who could have convinced of such a task. She doesn’t let him retreat when he tries to refuse murdering the king.
“And live a coward in thine own esteem”?( I.vii. 43) Lady Macbeth is the man in the relationship in the beginning of the play, the brave, emotionless, empathetic man who cares not for the feelings of others
Macbeth acts as a women, cowardly and guilt ridden Macbeth continues to show intense amounts of guilt after murdering Duncan, and he is not able to get over it, but Lady Macbeth is quick to tell him he is being to sentimental. Macbeth then goes onto a soliloquy describing his horrible guilt. Yet we see how Macbeth treats Lady Macbeth when she confesses her fear of murder. He treats as though she’s being silly. We can see clearly in this act, ( Act 3) the shift of role, the spiritual change in doppelgangers.
``What will these hands ne’re be clean?`` (v.i.43)
"All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand-" The way Macbeth is described by Duncan, we receive a bias that Macbeth is brave and valiant on the battlefield, when in fact this information will be useful to show how Macbeth becomes when pushed to do violent acts
Duncan says, filled with dramatic irony: "There is no art to find the minds construction in the face"
(I.iv.12-13) The moment the witches spoke the Macbeth, they both became connected in a much more spiritual and supernatural way. Macbeth became dependent on the witches, and because of their influence from the beginning, Macbeth follows blindly what they say. The witches enjoy inflicting miserly onto humans, it could be considered that the witches are the doppelganger of Macbeth When he writes to Lady Macbeth, he shows he has been connected to the witches Though after he murders Duncan, part of the witches prophecy implies he needs to kill Banquo, Macbeth still blames the witches. "Infected be the air wheron they hide and damn’d all those that trust them"(IV.i.138-139) Macbeth knows they are toxic women, and will bring his downfall, but chooses to succumb to them. "This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill, why hath it given me earnes of success?"(I.iii. 130-133) The witches are the weak side of Macbeth; they bring his gullible nature out of him. They become the worse sides of Macbeth’s dark nature. The sisters share a special connection with Macbeth only because he allowed it to go too far. He let the witches turn him into a monster. www.jssgallery.com
John Singer Sargent- American Painter-1889 http://www.mullen.pbworks.com http://www.vampirediaries.wikia.com
http://www.everydaythingsetc.com http://blog.coldwellbanker.com en.wikipedia.ca toyhaven..blogspot.com http://www.imdb.com http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/macbeth http://www.guardian.co.uk According to Paranormal News Central According to Paranormal News Central According to Class Slide Show According to http://resources.mhs.vic.edu.au "-who all-hail'd me thane of Cawdor, by which title,
before, these weird sisters saluted me-" (i.v.7-8) "What hands are here?-Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood, Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red." (II.ii.59-63) (V.i.50-52)
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