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The Elizabethan World Picture and Macbeth

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Clara Mortensen

on 16 April 2013

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Transcript of The Elizabethan World Picture and Macbeth

The Elizabethan World Picture and Macbeth Order of the Universe People in the Elizabethan time believed in an absolutely ordered universe in which all things could be clearly ranked in an order
--> The perfect work of God

This view corresponded with their religious beliefs, political system and limited scientific understanding of the world Fear of disorder "chaos", because it reflected the "Warring of the elements" --> UnGodly anarchy Macbeth After Ducan was killed, the weather reflects the elements warring, which leads to a disordered universe.

Quotes:

Act 2, Sc. 4 l: “And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp: Is’t night’s predominance, or the day’s shame, that darkness does the face of earth entomb. When living light should kiss it?”

Act 2, sc. 3 l. 61-62: "Some say the earth was feverous and did shake"

The malfunction of the weather cast a menacing shadow over Macbeth’s power to the throne.

Macbeth unleashes a kind of primal chaos upon Scotland, the order is replaced of a beginning disorder The Elizabethan World picture is created
during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1
and resembles a new universal
understanding of the world The chain of being Closely related to the idea that the universe had a fixed order is the concept of the "Chain of being" Every creation had a place in a hierarchy, which the chain illustrates, but the chain is also a ladder ........... God ............... Angels ............... Man ............ Beasts ................... Animals .......... Vegetables ........ Minerals The Man's middle position in the chain
--> conflict between reason and passion Therefore, Man must make the right choice between passion and reason MACBETH
Duncan's death creates chaos and disorder
--> the chain of being breaks:

Quote: Act 2 Sc. 4 L.10 :
“Tis unnatural, Even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last, A falcon towering in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawk’d at, and kill’d.

And Duncan’s horses (a thing most strange and certain) beauteous, and swift, the minions of their race, turn’d wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out, Contending 'gainst obedience, as they would make war with mankind.”

MACBETH MAKES THE WRONG CHOICE BY LETTING PASSION CONTROL HIS ACTIONS --> so the hero fail because he do not put his reason to the right use The 4 elements A man was made up of the four elements, which was known as the four humours.

The person’s character was decided by the mixture of these elements.

There must be a balance in the combination of the four elements – if not the person has a “ill-humour” Macbeth
Quote:
"Yet who would have thought / the old man to have had so much blood in him" The Wheel of fortune Fortune was the main controlling force in life.
The wheel of fortune describes a person’s life. Made by Nanna, Sofie and Clara Macbeth was punished for stepping out of his place in the chain
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