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Macbeth Theme Analysis

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Sarah Bouchat

on 20 February 2014

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Transcript of Macbeth Theme Analysis

Macbeth Theme Analysis
Act 2
"Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures; 'tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil."
-- Lady Macbeth
Act 3
"For mine own good All causes shall give way. I am in blood Stepp'd in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er."
-- Macbeth
Ambition plays a big role in how the play turned out. Most, if not all, of Macbeth and Lady Macbeths actions were based on their ambition which lead out to greed. It's presented as a bad quality because it leads to a downfall and a lot of deaths.
Act 1
” The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step
On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires.
The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” -- Macbeth
Lady Macbeth says this to Macbeth after they killed Duncan. She thinks he is weak from no experience and she obviously has no sympathy. She is striving for power and showed she will do anything for it.
Macbeth knows killing Duncan for power is wrong, thats why he says his "black and deep desires"
Macbeth is pretty much saying bad has already been done, and everything that he is doing from now on is for his own good and no body elses. His ambition for power and to be king has gotten really strong and nothing is stopping him to get there.
Act 4
"Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee?
But yet I'll make assurance double sure,
and take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live,
That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies, and sleep in spite of thunder."
-- Macbeth
He said this after the 2nd apparition told him no man born to a woman could harm him. He then got ideas that he could conquer all and he could kill Macduff. He is doing this all because of the 3 witches in the beginning that told him he was going to be king. His ambition is high and there is no stopping it this far into the situation.
Act 5
"Now does he feel
his secret murders are sticking on his hands;
Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach.
Those he commands move only in command,
Nothing in love. Now does he feel his title
Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe
Upon a dwarfish thief"
-- Angus
Angus and other lords agree Macbeth is tormented by his actions. His ambition to maintain power have turned people against him and made him weak.
a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.
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