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Transcript of Macbeth
The play begins with 3 witches planning to meet with Macbeth. It then transitions to a military camp where the king decides to make Macbeth the thane of Cawdor. The witches meet with Macbeth and his friend; Banquo, after a victorious battle. Macbeth and Banquo are told from the witches that Macbeth will become the thane of Cawdor before he got the news from the king. The 3 witches also said that that he would become the king of Scotland and Banquo's children would also inherit the crown. Macbeth returns home and tells lady Macbeth the news and what the witches told him. Plans are made for the king to stay and Macbeth's house that night. Lady Macbeth wants kingship for her husband, so she plans for him to murder the king that very night. When he rejects the idea she questions his manhood. He agrees with the plan. She makes sure the the guards are drunk then has her husband stab the king in his sleep.They blame the crime on the guards. Macbeth kills the guards out of rage of their crime. Macbeth becomes the King of Scotland. King Duncan's sons flee Scotland because they fear that they are in danger as well. In order to stay king he has to make sure the witches prophecy doesn't come true. So he hires murders to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance. They are able to kill Banquo but his son escapes. Macbeth becomes furious and see's Banquo's ghost at his feast that night. In fury he goes to the 3 witches and askes them to tell him more. They tell him that he must be careful for Macduff; a man that wants to be king. They explain that he cannot be defeated by anyone born of a woman and he will be safe until Birnam wood comes to dunsinane castle. Macduff joins an army Malcolm made in England. An invasion of macbeth's castle is supported by the Scottish Nobles becaseu they are informed that Macbeth is a wack-o. All the stress builds up on Lady Macbeth and she sleepwalked and kills herself. When Macbeth learn of this he goes into a deep depression. He tries to defend himself during the battle Thinking the witches prophecies will make him invinsible. The English army press forward with Birnam wood in hand, fufilling the witches prophecy. The castle is seized. Macbeth encounters Macduff. While fighting Macduff explains that he was not born of woman but "ripped" from his mother's womb a (cesarean section or C section). Macbeth realizes that he is practically doomed but continues to fight. Macduff kills and beheads him. Malcolm becomes a good king for Scotland. The End.
Synopsis of Macbeth:
is a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis. He gets thoughts put into his head about killing someone, from 3 witches. He gets this idea because they say he will be made the thane of cawdor, and it comes true, so he believes them when they say one day he will be king. he is a brave soldier and a powerful man, but not a good man. He is easily tempted to murder the present king so that he can be king, and once he commits one murder there are many more to come. he lacks the skills to rule without being a tyrant. the only way he knows how to solve problems is violence and murder; however, he is not comfortable as a criminal. he cannot take the guilt for what he has done.
-Ambtion that is uncontrolled can control you.- Macbeth has this strong want for power. The whole play this ambition to be king causes him to make hasty decisions. We don't know if he would make these decisions before the weird sister's prophecy. This want for power controls his actions and causes him to kill families and friends.
- Masculinity and Cruelity have a connection- In this play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both connect masculinity to violence. After rejecting the idea to kill King Duncan, Lady Macbeth question Macbeth's masculinity. Also Macbeth persuades the murders to kill Banquo after questioning their manhood. After each discussion of masculinity, violence follows shortly after. In this play manhood and violence a are somewhat connnected in the Macbeth's minds.
- There is a difference between wanting the best for your country as a king and wanting only power.- In the play Macbeth, King Duncan is a wise and noble King. The death of King Duncan symbolizes the end of peace in Scotland. As Macbeth reigns over Scotland, the country becomes chaotic and death is needed to gain power. Once King Malcolm gains his rightful spot as King, peace is once again restored to Scotland.
There are several external conflicts throughout the play, Macbeth...
Macbeth vs. Duncan: Although Macbeth is in line for the throne he must eliminate Duncan. However once he has the throne, he will need to continue killing others in order to keep his crown.
Another key conflict is Macbeth vs. his wife. Lady Macbeth doesn't think her husband is man enough to murder King Duncan. So she questions his manhood. So Macbeth finally gives in and agrees to kill the king.
There was a conflict between Banquo and the three hired thugs. In order for Macbeth to remain king he must make sure the witches prophecy doesn't come true. So he hires three killers to kill Banquo and his son. So Banquo is killed but his son escapes and avoids from getting killed.
Macduff' vs. Macbeth: Macbeth goes in search to kill Macduff, but Macduff runs away with Malcom to England. So Macbeth ends up killing Macduff's entire family
What's to love about this play:
-This play make you think about fate. What is truely destiny
-Also the power and vengence can be appealling to some people
Causing innocent blood to flow
Entire culture, lost in the overthrow
They came to seize and take whatever they please
Then all they gave back was death and disease
My people were left with no choice but to decide
To conform to a system, responsible for genocide
Responsible for genocide
Responsible for genocide...
Darkness of Greed- The Crow
She is Macbeth's wife, and partner in crime. she is very ambitious, and really wants power. Early in the play, she is the more ruthless of the two, pushing Macbeth to kill Duncan, so that he can be King and and she can be Queen. After the Murder, she feels guilty, even more so than Macbeth. This leads to her decision to commit suicide.
Three witches who plot agaisnt Macbeth using charms, spells, and prophicies. they tell him that he will be king, which makes him think that he has to m urder Duncan. He also thinks he has to order the deaths of Banquo and his sons, because of the witches. The witches are sevants of Heciate. They like to use their knowledge of the future to mess with humans.
He is a brave, noble general and according to the witches prophecy, his children will inherit the throne. Banquo also has ambitious thoughts but doesn't put them into action. Banquo's ghost haunts Macbeth.
He is the King of Scotland. He is the one Macbeth murders. Duncan is the idal leader, he is blameless, caring, and a cool-headed ruler. His death symbolized the end of order in Scotland. Order can only be restored when Duncan's line (Malcom) becomes king.
A Scottish nobleman that eventually becomes a leader of the crusade to strip Macbeth of his title. Their mission was to make Malcom king of Scotland.
The son of Duncan. When he eventually becomes king, he restores order to Scotland. He helps take Macbeth down. Before this he seems week, and unsure of his own power, because when his father was murdered he fled Scotland
Godess of witchcraft, who helps the three witches with messing with Macbeth
He is Banquo's son. When Macbeth trys to murder him, he survives. You don't know where he is at the end of the play, but one day he might rule scottland, like the witches predicted
A Scottish nobleman
A Scottish nobleman
The drunk doorman in Macbeth's castle
Macduff's wife. She contrasts Lady Macbeth
Duncans other son, and Malcom's younger brother
Menteth, Angus, Caithness:
Thanes of Scotland, all of whom eventually form against Macbeth
Old Man, The Doctor:
Both Commentators on events. they both have a certain degree of wisdom. The old man associates the murder of Duncan with the instability of the natural world and the doctor recognized disease and disorder even though it cannot be cured.
"Out, damned spot; out, I say. One, two,—why, then ’tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?"
Explanation: Lady Macbeth says this in Act 5 scene 1. She is sleepwalking the night before Macbeth battles Macduff and Malcom. Earlier in the play, when Macbeth says that he has blood stained on his hand, she tells him to just wash it off with water, but now she realizes that she also has the blood on her, and it cannot simply be washed off. The guilt overwhelms her. Her inability to sleep is foreshadowed when Macbeth was killing Duncan, by a voice saying that Macbeth was murdering sleep. This quote shows that blood is a symbol of guilt. When she says "Hell is murky" she knows they have made there own misery and basically their own form of hell.
by William Shakespear
"Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness."
Tragedy: According to Aristole, tragedy is defined as the rise and fall of a hero. Macbeth is considered as a tragedy because in the beginning of the play he is referred to as "for brave Macbeth". The fall of macbeth starts after he met with the 3 witches. His fall continued as he proceeds to kill friends and family to gain his power over Scotland.
Explanation: Lady Macbeth thinks about this in Act I scene V. Lady Macbeth doesn't think that Macbeth has the courage to kill Duncan. She thinks that he is to kind, and wont do it. She has no confidence in him. Because milk is sweet, she uses it as a metaphor. Because of the Witches prophecy, and how Macbeth was now Thane of Cawdor, (which the Witches predicted) she wants to make the second half of the prohpect true also, and is very impatient about it.
"Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none:
So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!"
Explanation: This is said by the third Witch in Act I scene I. The Witches prediction that Macbeth will be King and Banquo's heirs will be future Kings sets the plot in motion. Before this, Macbeth had no aspiration in becoming King. In fact, Macbeth had just gotten back from defending King Duncan from Scottish traitors. The only reason he wants to be king is because the Witches planted that seed in his head. If there was no Witches none of this would have happened. As soon as the seed of being King was planted in his head, everything started to happen.
Extra Credit renactment
"I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on the other."
Explanation: This is said by Macbeth in Act I scene VII. He is saying that the only thing he has no spur to action. The only thing motivating him is ambition, which makes people rush ahead of themselves toward disaster. When he talks about "spurs" it is just like you would kick a horse with spurs to make it go faster. He is saying that he has nothing to push him. The only thing driving him to do it is lust for power. He doesn't have anything against the King, but he is the ride to the thrown so he is going to take it.
- It applies to a lot of different types of people because there is romance along with drama and action in this play.
START AT 1:15:17 END AT 1:17:50
The three witches vs. Macbeth: The witches create a paradox. We do not know if Macbeth was thinking about becoming the King before the witches put the idea into his head. They basically created the whole mess of death because their prophecy motivated Macbeth to kill his friends and some families to gain power.
Internal conflicts: Macbeth struggles to decide whether or not to kill king Duncan. But then his wife convinces him to.
SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Macbeth.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2002. Web. 14 Jun. 2012.