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Macbeth Conflict

Plots conflict in Shakespeare's Macbeth

Jeanette Lans

on 15 July 2013

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Transcript of Macbeth Conflict

Macbeth - Conflict
With self
Could the witches prophecies be true?
"This supernatural soliciting cannot be
ill, cannot be good." Act 1 Sc 3
(rhetorical question, repetition,
alliteration, isocolon)
Could Macbeth possibly become king?
"Why hath it given me earnest of success
commencing in a truth?" Act 1 Sc 3
(rhetorical question)
Can he commit murder of one
that he was once loyal to?
"My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man." Act 1 Sc 3
With others
Lady Macbeth
Banquo is the only one capable
of naming Macbeth's motive ...
"Our fears in Banquo stick deep,
and in his royalty of nature reigns
that which would be feared."
Act 3 Sc 1 (metaphor, alliteration)
Banquo is the only one capable of
revealing Macbeth's motives ...
"W have scorched the snake, not killed it.
She'll close and be herself whilst our
poor malice ramains in danger of her
former tooth." Act 3 Sc 2
(metaphor, sibilance, personification)
As guilt begins to weary him Macbeth
recognises the path he is now on ...
"Things bad begun make strong
themselves by ill." Act 3 Sc 2
(alliteration, inversion)
When Fleance escapes his own murder
Macbeth realises the threat he remains ...
"The worm that's fled hath nature in time
will venom breed." Act 3 Sc 4
(metaphor, inversion)
Lady Macbeth points out the hallucinations
Macbeth is seeing ....
"This is the very painting of your fear."
Act 3 Sc 4
Macbeth explains his outburst at Banquo's
ghost to his visitors ...
"You make me strange even to the disposition that I owe." Act 3 Sc 4
Macbeth speculates at the presence of Banquo's ghost ...
"It will have blood, they say. Blood will have blood."
Act 3 Sc 4 (metaphor, alliteration, truncated sentence)
Realising the extent of his actions
"I am in blood stepped in so far that
should I wade no more, returning
were as tedious as go o'er."
Act 3 Sc 4 (metaphor)
Deciding to reduce Macduff as a threat ...
"The castle of Macduff I will surprse,
Seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' sword
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls
that trace him him in his line." Act 4 Sc 1
Lady Macbeth falls victim to the guilt of her crime
and sees hallucinations of her own ...
"Come out, damned spot! " Act 5 Sc 1
(truncated sentence)
Lady Macbeth reveals her guilt through her hallucinations ...
"What, will these hands ne'er
be clean?" Act 5 Sc 1
(rhetorical question)
Macbeth submits to his guilt and actions ...
"I have lived long enough. My way of life
is fall'n into the sere, the yellow leaf,
And that which should accompany old age,
As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
I must not look to have, ..." Act 5 Sc 3
(alliteration, truncated sentence,
metaphor, symbolism)
Macbeth surrenders to the situation he has created ...
"I have almost forgot the taste of fears ... direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts cannot once start me."
Act 5 Sc 5 (metaphor, adjective)
The essence of Macbeth's inner conflict ...
"To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on th' other." Act 1 Sc 7
(metaphor, personfication, adjective)
"The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray us
In deepest consequence." Act 1 Sc 3

Banquo foreshadows the conflict of the play
Macbeth contemplates the impediment Duncan
(and Malcolm) are to him if he is to become king ...
"...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."
Act 1 Sc 3 (metaphor, rhyming couplet, internal rhyme)
Macduff seeks revenge for Macbeth's
murder of Macduff's family ...
"Bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself;
Within my sword's length set him!" Act 4 Sc 3
Lady Macbeth admonishes Macbeth and questions
his manhood ...
"Art thou afead to be the same in thine own act and valor
As thou art in desire?" Act 1 Sc 7 (rhetorical question)
Lady Macbeth accuses Macbeth of lacking
courage after he has killed Duncan ...
"My hands are of your colour, but I shame to wear
a heart so white." Act 2 Sc 2
(metaphor, symbolism)
Conflict is foreshadowed
by the witches prophecies
Fair is foul, and foul is fair
Thane of Glamis
'thou shalt be hing'
Banquo's children shall be kings
Beware Macduff
No man born of woman shall harm Macbeth
Macbeth will not be vanquished until the
Great Birnam wood comes to Dunsinane
Lady Macbeth directs the conflict with Duncan
when she tells Macbeth to ...
"Away. and mock the time with fairest show:
False face must hide what the false heart doth know."
Act 1 Sc 7 (rhyming couplet, alliteration, repetition)

blank verse
variation of verse (Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's hallucinations
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