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Types of Conflicts in Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

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Types of Conflict In Macbeth
Where is Character Vs. Society in Macbeth?
Beggining in act 4 when Macuff says "Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself.
Within my sword’s length set him; if he ’scape,
Heaven forgive him too." (4.3. 241-243)
Types of Conflicts Present in Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
Where is character vs. nature seen in macbeth?
Old man: 'Tis unnatural,
Even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last,
A falcon, tow'ring in her pride of place,
Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed.

Ross: And Duncan’s horses—a thing most strange and certain—
Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race,
Turned wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,
Contending 'gainst obedience, as they would
Make war with mankind. (2.411-18)
External
Internal
Character Vs. Character
Two Characters don't get along
Character Vs. Nature
OR one character against a group
Character VS. a natural force
Ex. Blizzard, animal, disease...
Character Vs. Society
Character has a problem with laws or beliefs of a group
External
Internal
Occurs inside the body/ within the character
One type of internal conflict:
Character Vs. Self
Character struggles with a descision or identity
Conflict
Where is character Vs. Character seen in Macbeth?
Macbeth Vs. Macduff
Hecate Vs. Witches
Macbeth's Conflicts:

Macbeth Vs. Baquo
Macbeth Vs. Duncan
Macbeth Vs. Lady Macbeth
Macbeth Vs. Witches
Examples of where conflict can be seen between Macbeth & Macduff:

-Constant conflict between these two characters toward the end of the play
- First, when Macbeth speaks to the witches who confirm that he should fear Macduff, implying that Macduff is the enemy
-Again when Macbeth kills Macduffs family, demonstrating the first physical sign of conflict
-In the final act, beginning in Act 5, Scene 7, when Macduff and Macbeth's conflict results in a figh to the death
A more minor conflict between Hecate & the Wierd Sisters:
Hecate enters Act 3, Scene 5 and begins on a 32 line rant towards the Wierd Sisters.
Rant begins with "Have I not reason, beldams as you are?"
(3.5.2)
Rant finishes with "..And you all know, security Is mortals' chiefestt enemy"
(3.5.32-33)
Summary: Conflict revolves around hecate being angry with the witches for not confronting her before giving riddles to Macbeth.
This conversation explains how not only the unethical actions of Macbeth are negatively impacted the town, but so are the forces of nature. The forces include stormy skies, the birds killing higher in the food chain, and horses turing wild, acting at war with mankind.
Example scenerio:

This statement initiates Macduffs choice to lead the Scotland armies against Macbeth causing the conflict between Macbeth and the country of Scotland
Example Scenario:
How does this represent Character vs. Society?
How does this represent Character vs. Society?
Where is Character Vs. Self seen in Macbeth
"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me
Without my stir."(1.3.147-149)
- Act 3, Macbeth struggles to decide if killing the king will ruin his fate
Example:
"I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on 't again I dare not."(2.2.42-43)
Scene 2, Macbeth is in such a large conflict with himself and his actions, that he begins to hear voices, and cannot sleep. This demonstrates that his character is physically punishing himself for his guilt.
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