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Macbeth Thematic Assignment

By: Jessica, Anika, Vicky, Vivian

vivian liu

on 12 January 2013

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MACBETH Macbeth Thematic Assignment Witches Macbeth Macduff Lady Macbeth Is there someone/something/a power controlling fate? “From this moment, the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand” –IV.II.144-148 THANK YOU By: Anika, Vicky, Jessica, Vivian Fate Ambition Rationality & Guilt Is there one plan? Multiple plans? If so, is it possible to opt out of it? Our will vs. fate's will? "What are these so wither'd and so wild in their attire, that look not like th'inhabitants o'th'earth." (I.III. 39-41). "You should be women, and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so." (I. III. 45-47) Banquo: "Look how our partner's rapt." (I. III. 130-143) Macbeth: "This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good... If good, why do i yield to that suggestion, whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs against the use of nature? My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother'd in surmise... Hecate: "How did you dare to trade and traffic with Macbeth in riddles and affairs of death? And I the mistress of your charms, the close contriver of all harms, was never call'd to bear my part or show the glory of our art?" (III. V. 3-9). - They play a separate role outside of the events between the characters of the play. - They're much more powerful and hold great control. Human Men Women Inhabitants of Earth "I myself have all the other, and the very ports they blow, all the quarters that they known i'th'shipman's card. I'll drain him dry as hay: sleep shal neither night nor day..." (I. III. 13-18) - Possess abilities that human's don't have, they symbolize the force that cannot be overpowered by humans: Fate. - Witches are called 'weird sisters' by other characters. "weird" = "wyrd" in Old English "Wyrd" = "Fate" - The witches decided to see Macbeth with their own free will. - Possible theme of Fate's Will vs. Man's Will. - Fate is only the Will of the Supernatural that creates the course of events. - Fate only seems inevitable, because the will of the supernatural is much more powerful than the will of human beings. - "Fate" gives humans choices that depends on their own will. - Man's will is greatly influenced and easily manipulated by the will of the supernatural. because the will of a human being is quite unstable and easily effected. - However, they don't get to choose which choices they may have.
- Therefore, they are still under the control of the supernatural. - This may be due to the beliefs, emotions, personalities, and the nature of human beings. Life is a series of events. choice and fate arent opposites, so choice may be part of fate. Fate is idea of "meant to be"
life is a series of events. people like to link them together, because they often blame their life events on the idea that it was meant to be that way. Fate is the idea that it's "meant to be". - acting on something before thinking
he believes that everything he is doing is right because according to his prophecies, he is destined for greatness; according to divine rights, he is an extension of God and his actions must be correct since God chose him to reign Scotland
bad decision making because he does not think of the consequences that come with carrying out his decisions and how it can effect him
bad characteristic for a king since other people will not reject his ideas because according to divine rights, the omnipotent king can do what he likes
“And make my seated heart knock at my ribs against the use of nature? Present fears are less than horrible imaginings. My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function.” –I.III.135-139 - contemplates murdering Duncan
still has sympathy because he does not want to murder Duncan since Duncan trusts him and as a subject, he has to protect the king at all costs
- ambition is controlled because he knows that it is wrong to murder the king “And with him, to leave no rubs nor botches in the work, Fleance, his son that keeps him company, whose absence is no less material to me” –III.I.135-138 Rationality: Morals: - does not have sympathy
he is willing to kill his friend, Banquo, and his son in order to ensure that he will remain as the king
- not able to control ambition because he is doing unacceptable things to fulfill his desire
- self-centered
most of the time he does not care about how his actions affects others
willing to do anything that benefits him for example, murdering Duncan so he can become the king Sees Banquo’s ghost
- actions are haunting him since he did not use fair methods to achieve his goals
- guilt
hears voices saying "Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep." -II.II.35-36
- due to lack of sleep
karma for murdering Duncan in his sleep because he was vulnerable and unable to defend himself since he was sleeping Sees dagger
- desire to murder Duncan is clearly shown
- foreshadows more murders
- dagger covered in blood represents blood-lust, violence and guilt
blood-lust and violence because it is a weapon used to harm others
guilt because his hands are stained with blood and it will never be washed away Similarities - The force of fate is part of a greater power that holds unknown potential. - The events are pre-set by the force of the supernatural. Movie: Fate is a "plan" of a potential power in order to maintain order. (Goal: prepare humanity so it can write its own plans) People only have the "appearance" of free will. They give people choices, but their choices are part of their "plans". - The will of the supernatural overpowers the will of human beings, and controls their lives. Differences - The purpose of "fate" in the movie is to maintain order, but the purpose of "fate" in Macbeth is to create chaos. - "Fate" is used as a tool by the supernatural to achieve Goodness in the movie, and Evil in "Macbeth". - Character in the movie tries to challenge his fate by going against the pre-set plan.
Macbeth tries to fulfill his fate by making his decisions based on what he knows. - People are granted choices that are within the control of the supernatural. Macduff vs. Macbeth Sanity: Rationality
Up until the point where she becomes delusional, she makes rational decisions to help Macbeth and herself gain power.
plans how to execute the murders & how to frame the guards
decisions based on the outcome and how it will help reach their goal, without any feeling or sympathy for whoever is affected
For example, she dismisses Macbeth when he tries to back out of their plan with the excuse that Duncan has been good to him. (I.vii. 32-35) Ambition in The Amazing Spider-man -ambition for justice
-ambition for truth
-ambition for the creation of a regeneration serum Similarities: Differences: - ambition for power and ambition for the creation of a regeneration serum overwhelms the characters
- ambition lead to power gain
in the movie, Dr. Curt Connors' newfound power is gained by accident from the failure of the regeneration serum - Peter Parker and Captain George Stacey control their ambition for justice and truth
- fulfill their desires in a fair manner Guilt
Once the guilt settles in, Lady Macbeth's rationality begins to deteriorate. - lack of rationality leads to his downfall
unaware that his prophecies are indirectly true
does not thoroughly analyze his prophecies because he is hubris
tragic because his obsessive desire for power caused his downfall Similarities Both loyal to their country and people. Noble, brave, and ambitious. About the media clip Reasons why their ambitions are different: -different demands
different wants= different goals, desires Macduff is a nobleman in Scotland who leads the opposition to Macbeth after the murder of Duncan. Guilt
guilty for a crime they committed themselves
causes hallucinations
victims haunt them
keeping a secret
sane after confession (I.v.37-35)
L. Macbeth asks dark spirits to have her female characteristics taken away.
women = more emotional
emotions are preventing her becoming more powerful.
For example, it was her love for her father that prevented her from killing Duncan herself. III.ii.6-7
She states that it is better to a victim of theirs than to be them (Macbeth & L. Macbeth) since their innocence is in question.
she realizes that they are at risk.
Macbeth = overconfident and does not take precaution.
pride Manipulates others using gender roles.
She calls Macbeth a coward and questions his manliness.
By damaging his pride, she was able to convince him to follow through with their plan to kill Duncan.
She fainted after seeing Duncan's dead body.
One would think "if she is so overwhelmed by a dead body, there is no way she helped in murdering him." This helps prove her innocence. (V.i.) In this scene, Lady Macbeth is trying to wash off a spot of Duncan's blood off her hand that is not really there.
The act of washing her hands represents the attempt of cleanse herself of her deeds, and a desire to return to her former purity.
The blood represents = guilt
cannot be removed
perfumes of Arabia = trying to conceal their deeds
trouble removing the spot = their guilt is becoming more obvious.

"what's done cannot be undone" & "Banquo's buried, he cannot come out on's grave".
ironic (III.ii.38) She reasons that Banquo cannot do anything after he dies and there is no reason to worry.
apparitions Hallucinations
strong mind that gets them into their higher position
guilt from the murders weaken her mind and leads to her downfall.
Guilt is a feeling and feelings are something that she previously rejected. Have a similar character
Macduff - Macbeth Thor - Loki Differences Macduff is ambitious for revenge (Macbeth), and Thor is ambitious for power at the beginning but revenge (Loki) later. Similarities
- They both are loyal to Scotland and Duncan, however, Macbeth betray Duncan and murdered him, and Macduff always put his country and his people first.
- They are noble and brave because they are both the leaders of Duncan's army and warrior. They both can sacrifice anything for loyalty. Macduff:
I have no words;
My voice is in my sword, thou bloodier villain
Than terms can give thee out.
V. VIII. 7-9 Macduff:
That way the noise is. Tyrant, show thy face!
If thou be'st slain, and with no stroke of mine,
My wife and children's ghosts will haunt me still.
I cannot strike at wretched kerns, whose arms
Are hir'd to bear their staves; either thou, Macbeth,
Or else my sword with an unbatter'd edge
I sheathe again undeeded. There thou shouldst be;
By this great clatter, one of greatest note
Seems bruited. Let me find him, Fortune,
And more I beg not.
V. VII. 15-25 Loyalty: Revenge: Macduff:
Let us rather
Hold fast the mortal sword and like good men.
IV. III. 2-3 Macduff:
Bleed, bleed, poor country.
Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure,
For goodness dare not check thee; wear thou thy wrongs,
The title is affeer'd. Fare thee well, lord,
I would not be the villain that thou think'st
For the whole space that's in the tyrant's grasp,
And the rich East to boot.
IV. III. 32-37 - Killed Macbeth and released all the anger and the desire of revenge. Diffenrences
- Macbeth overwhelm by ambition for power, however, Macduff can control his ambition and let loyalty overwhelm it. Macduff:
I shall do so;
But I must also feel it as a man;
I cannot but remember such things were
That were most precious to me. Did heaven look on,
And would not take their part? Sinful Macduff,
They were all struck for thee.Naught that I am,
Not for their own demerits but for mine,
Fell slaughter on their souls. Heaven rest them now.
IV. III. 223-230 Macduff:
O, I could play the woman with mine eyes
And braggart with my tongue. But gentle heavens,
Cut short all intermission. Front to front
Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself;
Within my sword's length set him. If he scape,
Heaven forgive him too.
IV. III 233-238
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