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Notes + Key Scenes

Martina Cheadle

on 16 March 2011

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Transcript of Macbeth

Macbeth The Witches They cause an air of mystery and confusion which reflects on the characters' choices and indefintely their futures Influence the characters' choices, changing the future through their intervenece. Macbeth is no longer able to control his own future - he is merely a puppet of the supernatural OR Only encourage the characters to make certain choices and therefore only indirectly influence the future not actually control it. They use Macbeth's own greed and ambition to speed up the crime he may have commited later without their help Act I Scene I "A desolate place" "Thunder and Lightning" "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" Empty of life Empty of people and goodness Omnious setting Unnerves audience Power of the supernatural evident Designed to throw you off-balance Scary + Intimidating Evil Unaware of surroundings Uncomfortable Unsure Mystery Confusion People aren't in control of their own lives anymore Apperances and people's movies are to be deceptive People aren't who they seem Disguied, hidden motives Logic is ignored Shrouded in mystery and confusion Act I Scene II "brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name" "smoked with bloody execution" "fixed his head upon our battlements" "bathe in reeking wounds" "as sparrows, eagles, or the hare, the lion" Efficent swordsman, good soldier does his job exceptionally well Emotionless Mechanical killer No thought or pleasure taken, just a job which he does amazingly Blood - used again as imagery Just doing his duty to his king Gruesome imagery Vicious Brutal Mindless Violence Symbol of Victory Symbol of Strength Powerful Merciless Terrifying Good Man Courageous Respected Excellent Reputation Fearless Soldier Strong Brave Loyal Worrked hard to earn his fame Proved his abilities in battle Gruesome image Blood View of battle Violent Madness Death Everywhere No feeling Bloodfest Horror and Slaughter of Battle Macbeth is in his element Macbeth is enjoying the victory and brutal slaughter of the battlefield Outright Massacre Compares Macbeth and Banquo to animals - predators, vicious deadly creatures with one intent - to Kill Contrast from 'sparrow' a weak, defenceless bird compared to the strong power and royalty that an eagle commends Animalistic Descriptions No longer human Lion: Brave, Courageous Loss of humanity Relation to Jack? The enemy are seen as easy prey, not even a challenge to kill, just sword-fodder, irrelevant lives that are worthless Mystery The audience by this point will be intriqued by this man, Macbeth, as he has been mentioned in two scenes but we have never actualy met the man, so who is he? He has been described as a good, loyal soldier yet he has been mentioned by a group of witches so what is so important about him and what will he do when he finds out what he will (supposedly) recieve? Shakespeare knew how to pique the audience's interest and his introduction to the play is brilliant, you are desperate to know more, yet you are also slightly fearful of what you might find out, so keep watching! Act I Scene III Significance Uses the witches to strike terror into the audience Supernatural was widely believed Curiosity Who is Macbeth? Is this man easily influenced by evil? Partly to blame for Macbeth's later actions Scapegoat Lady Macbeth also connected with witchcraft Lady Macbeth Influences "My dearest love" Very much in love (or seem to be) Very close Evidently care for each other She does seem to dominate him, yet he doesn't mind much Quite effectionate greeting in comparison to his brutal 'battlefield' emotionless state "Leave the rest to me" Suggests high level of trust She is quite dominative of him, takes control Quite prepared to kill Duncan, shows no qualms about killing a King Very strong marriage bond Ultimate trust Ambitious "Art not without ambition" Equally ambitious as her husband Strong influence Similar aims - to rule Dangerous Power - hungry Slightly inhumane and emotionless - she doesn't care that her ambition means a fellow human being has to die "I fear thy nature" Ponders wether her husband has the guts to kill in cold blood Assesses her husband's inability to kill Duncan In control Powerful 'wears the trousers' Cold - Hearted Evil Driving Force behind many of Macbeth's decisions Demonic in battle Deadly "Metaphysical aid" Calls on 'spirits' to help her kill Duncan and achieve her evil aims Heavily related to witchcraft Suggests Lady Macbeth is a witch or at least evil in some way and working for the Devil Takes some of the blame off Macbeth His strange decisons were due to supernatural influences "Cannot be ill, cannot be good" "suggestion" "Horrible imaginings" "Against the use of nature?" Unsure of what he ought to do Confused Is the prophecy good or bad? Scared Weighs up moral implications of actions Contradicts himself Still ambition gleaming through - sees the death of the king as (possibly) good! "Seated heart knock at my ribs" "Shakes so my single state of man" "Chance may crown me without my stir" Terrified by his own thoughts Fear Easily influenced Insecure Not completely in control of his own decisions Unstable - can't belive he can even think these terrible thoughts about cold-bloodedly killing his king for ambition Uses euphemisms to cover up the actual word 'murder' Scared to say it out loud Prefers to keep his true thoughts hidden from plain view Secrecy Careful in what he says and thinks Sly Sneaky Not very strong on the inside Hesitant Unsure Repeated use of 's' mixes soft and sharp sounds in contrast Sounds quite secretive Keen to keep his thoughts secret Sibilance Almost whispering Ver shaken by his thoughts Insecure Resolves to leave it to fate Decides there's nothing he can do to change his future Thinks he may become king anyway without doing anything! Removes any consequences he worried over so much earlier Disguises his thoughts Open to becoming king - best scenario for him No longer guilt-ridden Decisions "There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face" Duncan reflects that there's no way of telling what people are really thinking Deception is easy to perform Flatters the King - Intellugence/Knowlege Cynical humour This deception is his downfall Deception
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