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Allusions in Macbeth

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Sara Dodsworth

on 24 May 2013

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Transcript of Allusions in Macbeth

But sometimes it can be hard to decipher their meaning Allusions In Macbeth Pop up everywhere For example: When you take a closer look into the history of an allusions it can really help you relate and gain a better understanding of the characters in the play In Act 1 Lady Macbeth says: Neptune Meaning? So in the reading Lady Macbeth is exclaiming that even all the water of all the oceans on the planet (under Neptune's control) could not clean the blood off her hands. Allusion Act 2 The porter say's: “Knock,knock, knock! Who’s there
, i’ the name of Beelzebub" Beelzebub Beelzebub is known as the chief of the devils
and commonly seen as evil, but
Beelzebub is also commonly translated to
the lord of the flies. In this context the porter is using Beelzebub's name to refer to his boss (Macbeth). when he says i'th name of Beelzebub he is saying I in the name of the chief of the devils. He is answering the door and referring to Macbeth(his boss) as the chief of the devils. “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand?” In this sentence the allusion is the reference to Neptune a Roman God The allusion in this sentence is the reference to Beelzebub, who is known as chief of the devils.
Neptune is a roman god most commonly known for his control over all of the oceans on earth, Most commonly depicted with a trident in his hand.he is also brother to the Roman Gods Jupiter and Pluto. Meaning? “Why should I play the Roman fool,
and die On mine own sword?” The Allusion in this sentence is the reference to the Roman Fool, which is an old tale about a soldier. Allusion Act 5 Macbeth say's: The Roman Fool The Roman Fool is an old folktale about a roman soldier who, when the battle looked grim killed himself to avoid facing his enemies. Meaning? In this line Macbeth is claiming why should he be like the Roman fool and kill himself when the battle is not yet lost, why should he give up on the battle before it is over. Hecate In Macbeth Hecate the person who leads the 3 witches Hecate Hecate was first know as the Goddess of the crossroads who would guided lost travelers down the correct road but her name was later tarnished and she is most commonly know as the Goddess of witchcraft and the dark moon Meaning? However even though Hecate is a character in the play her existence is still an allusion because Hecate was commonly known as the Goddess of witchcraft and in Macbeth she is the one who commands the witches this now explains why the witches followed Hecate orders and why they worship her. Thank You for your time
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