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Copy of Conflicts in Macbeth

In Macbeth, there are many conflicts between characters, characters and themselves, and characters in outside forces. These conflicts are resolved in different ways and are unique in every situation.
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Conflicts in Macbeth Common Entrance Mrs. Bradley As defined by dictionary.com, a conflict is the "incompatibility or interference, as of one idea, desire, event, or activity with another," or when ideas, people, or object interfere with another.
In literature, there are many different types of conflict; Macbeth exhibits most of them. What is a conflict? External Conflict A problem between a character and an outside force. Man v. Man
Man v. Nature
Man v. Society Internal Conflict Man v. Self Other Types Man v. Fate Macbeth's Conflicts Throughout the different stages of the play, Macbeth goes through many different types of conflicts, with numerous people and objects. Macbeth's Man v. Self In the beginning of the play, Macbeth does not know what he wants to do: kill Duncan to get what he wants, or stay guilt free and harm no one. Time Macbeth's Guilt v. Time Guilt A- Beginning of Play
B-Duncan's Death
C- Banquo's Death
D- Seeing Banquo's Ghost "First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
Who should against his murderer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself" (I.vii.13-16). Macbeth's Man v. Fate Also in the beginning of the play, the Weird Sisters tell Macbeth that he will become king, but shall not bear any children that become king. Later on in the play, they summon apparitions to warn Macbeth of his fate if he continues on his current path. "Beware Macduff" (IV.i.81)! "Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth" (IV.i.90-92). "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him" (IV.i.105-107). Belief of Fate v. Time Belief of Fate A- The first encounter with the Weird Sisters.
B- Plotting Banquo's murder.
C-The encounter with the Weird Sisters and the four apparitions. Macbeth's Man v. Man After Macbeth takes the thrown as his own, there are many people that wish him ill. To negate these conflicts, Macbeth plots their murders and kills anyone that gets in his way. "Safe in a ditch he [Banquo] bides,
With twenty trenched gashes on his head,
The least a death to nature" (III.iv.28-30). "The castle of Macduff I will surprise.
Seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' sword
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls
That trace him in his line" (IV.i.171-174). Time Macbeth's amount of Conflict v. Time Amount of conflict Lady Macbeth's conflicts Although we do not learn a lot about Lady Macbeth, there is one major conflict that prevails around her: Man v. Self. Lady Macbeth's Man v. Self At first, Lady Macbeth comes across as a strong-willed woman with a vast amount of confidence. But, as she becomes more and more unstable in the play, her character dissolves into that of extreme guilt. "Wash your hands. Put on your nightgown.
Look not so pale. I tell you again, Banquo's
Burried; he cannot come out on 's grave" (V.ii.65-67). Lady Macbeth v. Macbeth Although these two are married, they have completely different personalities that clash frequently. While Macbeth is unsure about his actions and what he wants, Lady Macbeth is willing to do whatever deemed necessary to obtain her goals. Time Lady Macbeth's Confidence Lady Macbeth's Confidence v. Time A- Convincing Macbeth to kill Duncan
B- Sleepwalking because of guilt "I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums
And dashed the brains out, had I sworn as you
Have done to this" (I.vii.64-67). "First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
Who should against his murderer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself" (I.vii.13-16). The Macbeths' Relationship v. Time Time Quality of Relationship A- Beginning of the Play.
B- Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's argument.
C- After killing Duncan
D- While Macbeth deals with kingly issues, and Lady Macbeth sleepwalks. Macduff v. Macbeth As discussed with the Weird Sisters, Macduff was destined to murder Macbeth. This conflict is not only Man v. Man, but Man v. Fate. After Malcolm and Macduff team up to defeat Macbeth, Macbeth decides to take revenge and murder Macduff's family. "The castle of Macduff I will surprise.
Seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' sword
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls
That trace him in his line" (IV.i.171-174). "Beware Macduff" (IV.i.81)! Time Influence of Fate v. Time A- The prophecies of the Weird Sisters
B- The apparitions' predictions and advice
C- Macbeth's death The Weird Sisters The Weird Sisters were three witches of fate. They told Banquo and Macbeth their fortune, and began brewing a whole new cauldron of trouble. The Sister's Man v. Man In the middle of the Play, Hecate, the Goddess of fate, scolds the Weird Sisters for their actions earlier. She takes offense to their lack of consideration of her opinion, and gives the sisters quite the lecture... "And I, the mistress of your charms,
The close contriver of all harms,
Was never called to bear my part
Or show the glory of our art" (III.v.6-9)? A problem between a character and his/her self. A conflict between a person and destiny. Time The Influence of The Weird Sisters v. Time Influence Influence A- Duncan's Death
B- The Second encounter with the Weird Sisters
C- The Murder of Macduff's Family
D- Macbeth's Death How were these conflicts resolved? Macbeth:
-Man v. Self
-Man v. Fate
-Man v. Man

Lady Macbeth:
-Man v. Self

The Macbeths:
-Man v. Man

Macduff v. Macbeth:
-Man v. Man

The Weird Sisters:
-Man v. Man How would the plot and meaning of Macbeth change without these conflicts? Focus Question A. B. C. D. A. B. C. D. A. Duncan's Death
B. Banquo's Death
C. The meeting with the Weird Sisters.
D. Macbeth's Death I II III IV V A. B. II III B. I II III IV V Macbeth's confusion within himself is shown in this quotation where he is arguing with himself about what to do. He states reasons to not kill Duncan, but also states reasons as to why he should kill him. As the graph shows, the Macbeth's guilt throughout the play creates a bell curve. There are certain events that set off a more guilty reaction than others. Macbeth's guilt peaks on the beginning of Act II, after Duncan is found dead. After that, though, his guilt steadily diminishes as he fights to retain his kingship. As these quotations amplify, Macbeth was warned of the dangers that he would soon face. The Weird Sisters supplied him with a fate that he could create or change. Once his fate was in the open, the conflict arose. Macbeth decided to not heed the warnings of the Weird Sisters, and inevitably suffered the ultimate consequences. The belief of fate throughout the play varies on the character and recent events that have taken place. For this graph, consider the main point of view that the reader is able to see. After the first encounter with the Weird Sisters, Macbeth and Banquo are very impressionable. They hang onto every word that the witches have to say. Their belief immediate spikes to a high level. Then, when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are plotting Banquo's murder, the main reason for killing him is the prophecy that was predicted by the Weird Sisters. After this point, however, there is a slow decline in the belief of fate, even when Macbeth's path crosses a second time with the Weird Sisters. In Macbeth, there are many conflicts between characters. Macbeth alone has several of these conflicts, as illustrated by the quotations. When someone would place themselves in an unfavorable position for Macbeth, he began finding ways to remove them from their position. This removal service usually included death. If someone ended up dead, there is a good chance that they had a conflict with Macbeth. These conflicts were more physical than they were mental, and usually ended in bloodshed. In Macbeth, the conflict start on the very first page. Macbeth and Duncan have just arrived home from a massive battle, which is shown as a peak on the graph. The amount of conflict decreases as the story settles and the reader learns the premise for the play. As soon as Macbeth kills Duncan, there is a spike in the graph. This conflict is the cause of the rest of the graph. As a result, there is more conflict when Macbeth kills Banquo, and even more when Macbeth murders Macduff's family and is then murdered himself. Three Types: I IV V I.iv Time C. The root of Lady Macbeth's problem lies within her confidence in her self and how she reacts to her actions. After killing Duncan, she reacts radically and emotionally; so unlike the Lady Macbeth of Act I that we knew. The above quotation describes an instance where Lady Macbeth sleepwalks and frets over the evil things she has done. She is dwelling on her actions, and it is literally eating her up from the inside out. A. I.vii II III IV V.i B. As Lady Macbeth's guilt gnaws at her, she steadily becomes less stable and more frantic. At the beginning of the play, she is a strong woman with a lot of confidence. But, after Duncan's death, and the results thereof Lady Macbeth has been left with nothing but her own thoughts and regrets. Her conscious is decreasing her confidence. This change is vital to the internal conflict going on inside Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is enhanced by this quotation. She is a very determined woman, and she has decided that nothing can ever get in her way. To prove how "masculine" she is, she acts like a man and delivers orders and makes decisions. The second quote shows the opposite of Lady Macbeth: Macbeth. It shows how much more sensitive Macbeth is to killing things and his indecisive quality that we saw in his man v. self conflict. Because these two are so vastly different, there are going to be some major conflicts, both physical and mental/emotional. These conflicts are highlighted in various ways, but mainly in essential parts of the play: i.e. plotting Duncan's murder, etc. Neutral I I.vii II III IV V A. B. C. D. At the beginning of the play, we, as the reader, do not know what the Macbeths' relationship is like. Their relationship can be considered neutral when considering the rest of the play. Once the play starts, we are opened up to their world. Their relationship immediately dips into a deep chasm when they begin to argue about murdering Duncan in Act 1 scene vii. Their relationship improves immensely after they murder Duncan and Banquo. After the beginning of Act III, there are not any more glimpses into their relationship until the middle of Act V when it is announced that Lady Macbeth has committed suicide. Macbeth's reaction to his wife's death was very nonchalant, like he could care less. This alludes to a very weak relationship between the two, which is represented on the graph by a steady decline after Act III. Hecate and the Weird Sisters have an interesting relationship. Because the Weird Sisters delivered the prophecy to Banquo and Macbeth without Hecate's permission, creating a major conflict between them. This quotation explores Hecate's anger when she finds out what the Weird Sisters have done. She reacts harshly, and goes on a rant to let the Weird Sisters know that she is displeased with their actions. A. B. C. I II III IV.i V D. The Weird Sisters are responsible for most of the major conflicts in Macbeth. In Act I, they set off all of the other conflicts in the play. Their influence is nearly continual throughout, although there are some places that the characters disregard their influence, like after the second visit, when Macbeth refuses to listen to their warnings about Macduff. While Macduff is attacking Macbeth's castle, the witches' influence can be seen as Macduff kills Macbeth, fulfilling the previous warnings a nd prophecies. The Weird Sisters tell Macbeth to beware of Macduff, that someone not born of woman is the only one that can kill him. Macbeth and Macduff have destinies that are intertwined. This codependency creates the Man v. Fate conflict between Macbeth and Macduff. Because there is the conflict between Macduff, Macbeth, and their fate, another conflict is created: the physical Man v. Man conflict between the two. This quotation documents this conflict between the two, and shows the seriousness that it has risen to by the end of the play. C. B. A. I V IV II III Fate is a key factor in Macbeth, and as the play progresses, the influence of fate increases. After the prophecy is delivered, its influence is immediately seen in the actions of the character, leading to the spike in the graph until Act III. In Act IV, though, there is a new prophecy cast, that Macbeth needs to beware of Macduff. This has little influence right away. Macbeth chooses to ignore the advice from the Weird Sisters; thus, the graph decreases. The influence of fate at the end of the play is vastly evident, though, hence the spike at the end, as Macbeth's death is a direct result of fate. Macbeth's internal conflict is never really settled by himself. He learns to deal with his guilt as time progresses and he has to kill more people to retain his crown. This conflict is truly resolved once he is dead at the end of Act V. Macbeth's conflict between himself and his fate is resolved by his death at the end of Act V. This conflict is the underlying conflict that fuels the plot of the play. This conflict takes the entire play to resolve, and can be easily spotted throughout the play. Macbeth's Man v Man conflicts were resolved by Macbeth murdering anyone that got in his way. In the instance of Duncan, to get the crown, Macbeth killed him. In order to keep the crown, Macbeth had to kill Banquo (and Fleance). These resolutions were consistent throughout the play: whenever anything was in the way of Macbeth's ambition, he demolished it. Lady Macbeth's internal conflict involved a downward spiral of confidence throughout the play. By the end, she felt so bad about herself that she felt the need to commit suicide. This resolved her conflict of guilt, much like her husband's internal conflict was resolved with his death. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth had a very unusual relationship. She was very dominating, whereas women were usually more reserved. Their conflict was simply a clash of personalities, and was resolved by the unfortunate incidents of their deaths. Lady Macbeth's suicide ended the conflict well before Macbeth was murdered by Macduff. Macduff and Macbeth had an intense physical conflict towards the end of the play. This conflict was a product of the conflict of Macbeth and Macduff against their fate. Their battle was ultimately resolved by Macduff killing Macbeth. The conflict between Hecate and the Weird Sisters is quite unusual. There is really no set resolution that the reader gets to see, but we can assume that something was done to correct the problem. Hecate's soliloquy resolved the conflict temporarily when she scolded the witches for telling Macbeth and Banquo the prophecy without consulting her first. This resolution was enough to satisfy the curiosity of the reader throughout the play. In any literature, conflict is the plot. Without all of these different conflicts in the play, Macbeth would not exist. There is be no point to a conflict-less plot, since conflicts are the most important part of developing a story or play. Macbeth would not have evolved past the first scene of the witches and prophecy. The end! Sources Mpowell4. "Basic Types of Conflict." Upload & Share PowerPoint Presentations and Documents. 16 Apr. 2008. Web. 02 May 2012. <http://www.slideshare.net/mpowell4/basic-types-of-conflict>. "conflict." Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 02 May. 2012. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/conflict>.
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