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Transcript of Macbeth
The real Macbeth
Violence & Blood
The prophecies in
Ambition & Guilt
The Tragedy of Macbeth
The real Macbeth
King of Scotland during the 11th century.
Considered to be one of the last Gaelic kings.
The prophecies in
RECURRENT THEME IN SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS
Elena Espinosa Maciá
José Antonio Ortega Gilabert
Andrea Ortega López
Jorge Roca Durá
Pablo del Val Balluerca
Macbeth was born in Alba in central Scotland around 1005.
At the same year, his grandfather became king.
Historians describe the young Macbeth as tall, fair haired and handsome, with a ruddy complexion.
Earl of Moray
Macbeth's cousins, Malcolm and Gillecomgain, killed his father.
Gillecomgain, was killed by order of Malcolm II for his killing of Findlaech.
Macbeth was then elected mormaer of Moray, and soon married Gillecomgain's widow, Grouch.
After the death of Malcolm II, Duncan MacCrinan, was elected king.
King of Scotland
On August 14, 1040, Macbeth defeated Duncan's army, killing him in the process.
1045, a rebellion by Duncan I's supporters.
-Paceful and prosperous.
-Spread of Christianity.
-He enacted good laws.
Same inheritance for daughters and sons.
Over 3 years his army was attacked by Malcolm MacDuncan´s army.
On August 15, 1057, Macbeth was killed at the Battle of Lumphanan.
Lulach, was elected high king (seven months).
On April 25, 1058, Malcolm MacDuncan became high king of Scotland.
Macbeth is a Jacobean drama
Elizabethan period humor
Jacobean period violence
VIOLENCE & BLOOD
An extremely violent play
Macbeth kills everyone who could be an obstacle to get the kingship
Other scenes offstage
‘What bloody man is that?’ asks Duncan, drawing attention to him (1.2.1)
‘Till he unseam’d him from the nave to th’ chops, | And fix’d his head upon our battlements’ (1.2.22-3).
The murder of Macduff's son
Shakespeare uses the word more than forty times
During the text, blood is present from the beginning to the end
Battles and murdering
Symbolization of guilty
"Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood / Clean from my hand?” Macbeth cries after he has killed Duncan, even as his wife scolds him and says that a little water will do the job (2.2.58–59).
“Out, damned spot; out, I say . . . who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” she asks as she wanders through the halls of their castle near the close of the play (5.1.30–34).
Act I, Scene III
Macbeth represents the terrible effects that ambition and guilt can have on a man who lacks strength of character.
Greater strength of will that her husband.
Influence over the weak will of her husband.
Understanding of the weaknesses of their specific interlocutors.
Independent agents or agents of fate.
Brave and noble
Rebuke to Macbeth
http://www.sparknotes.com/ shakespeare/macbeth/themes.html [3/05/2016]
1. Which of the characters do you think is the most rightful one?
2.Do you know any other violent play of Shakespeare? Do you think Macbeth is the most violent?
3. Can you highlight any similarity between the real Macbeth and the one invented by Shakespeare? And any difference?
Murdered by Macbeth
Model of a virtuous and benevolent ruler
Archetype of the avenging hero
He has two of the most significant roles in the play
IN MACBETH NOT A CHARACTERISTIC OF THE ANTAGONIST BUT THE MAIN THEME
Act IV, Scene I
Prophecies in the cavern
My though whose murder yet is but funtastical...
If chance will have me king
why chance may crown me without my stir
REJECTION OF THE IDEA OF MURDER
All hail Macbeth that shalt be king, hereafter
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
Here's the smell of the blood still.
All the perfumes of Arabia will not
sweeten this little hand