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Greed in Macbeth

ENG3U-Prezi made on the theme of greed in Macbeth.

Rebecca Crouch

on 17 January 2011

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Transcript of Greed in Macbeth

GREED IN MACBETH By: Rebecca Crouch "Greed is a human emotion that needs to be controlled." In Macbeth, greed can control: ACTIONS RELATIONSHIPS and THE MIND Greed in Macbeth, Example #1
ACTIONS -Macbeth is Thane of Glamis and of Cawdor, and the general of the army, but he still wants more power -As a team of greedy people, together they killed the king -Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth greed for the throne -This shows how greed can control actions because it was out of pure greed that the Macbeth's murdered the king Greed in Macbeth, Example #2
RELATIONSHIPS -Banquo was told he'd have heirs to the throne by the three witches -Macbeth, being as greedy as he is for power, decided that his reign was more important than his good friend, Banquo, and so he killed Banquo -Macbeth's greed for power has taken over his relationships, showing how Macbeth will do anything to have everything to himself Greed in Macbeth, Example #3
THE MIND -Towards the end of the play, Macbeth has absolutely everything to himself, as Scotland is suffering, and he doesn't care to help its condition -Macbeth, due to the witches prophesies has decided to kill Macduff, and is now willing to kill anyone who gets in his way -Macduff wasn't at his home when Macbeth went to kill him, so he killed the Macduff family instead -This impulse killing we see now in Macbeth is an example of how greed has taken over his mind Lady Macbeth-page 39, lines 21b-24a: “Thou’dst have, great Glamis, that which cries, ‘Thus must thou do, if thou have it,’ and that which rather thou dost fear to do than wishest should be undone.” Lady Macbeth is saying that it would be better to commit evil acts to get the crown, than not have the crown at all; saying it would be better to commit acts out of greed than controlling it. Macbeth-page 117, lines 68-69: “No son of mine succeeding. If’t be so, for Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind.” Macbeth is referring to the witches’ prophesies, where they say that Banquo will have heirs to the throne. Macbeth is thinking of this issue, and says it is corrupting his mind. Just after this quote, Macbeth plans the murder of Banquo. Macbeth-page 177, lines 161-162b; 164-167b: “The very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand (…) The castle of Macduff I will surprise; seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line.” Macbeth displays his choice to act on impulse, and shows how the greed of wanting everything to himself is over ruling his good senses. Modern Day Examples of Greed
MONEY -Many people never seem to have enough money -Some are addicted to gambling, and even after some people win, they continue to gamble for more money Modern Day Examples of Greed
-People always want the latest items -People are rarely satisfied with what they already have Modern Day Examples of Greed
FAME -In sports, many players that greed for more fame are already making hundreds of thousands of dollars, use performance enhancing drugs to gain even more fame -With these drugs, they will become better players, increasing their fame AND NOW....
a clip relating to greed :D In Conclusion:
Greed is not the route to happiness.
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