And wakes it now, to look so green and pale At what it did so freely? From this time, Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valour, As thou art in desire?
Typically, Shakespeare ambiguously suggests that all three main protagonists, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the witches, contribute to the tragedy. However, at the same time, he leaves it up to the audience to determine how much blame they would apportion to each.
It is important to analyse carefully the interplay of the main protagonists and their attitudes to ambition and conscience. What is the role of fate? Shakespeare presents Macbeth as if he were at the mercy of the forces of evil.
The witches appear to have considerable supernatural power and their strength is reinforced through the sequential order of the events.
Indeed, to Elizabethan audiences, there would have been no doubt that the witches had the power to play moral havoc. Shakespeare typically employs dramatic irony: The role of the witches: Also, the fact that Shakespeare positions the witches as if they are the harbingers of great news, gives them credibility.
Nevertheless Macbeth is uneasy.
Why is he scared of evil thoughts? Again, Shakespeare appears to be drawing upon the political landscape, that came to the fore in the Gunpowder Plot in Macbeth mentions as such in the final part of the play: According to Shapiro, by when Shakespeare was writing the play, playgoers would have recognise the universal meaning of equivocation with its anti-Catholic associations.
This is a world where honest exchange becomes difficult. One lone conspirator remained from the Gunpowder Plot.
Macbeth is so captivated that he automatically believes that King Duncan ought to name him as his successor. He is mortified when he discovers that Malcolm will be heir, Prince of Cumberland.
Let not light see my black and deep desires. What is Macbeth starting to imagine and starting to hide? What is the role of free will? Whilst Shakespeare presents Macbeth as a victim of the witches, Macbeth never completely loses the capacity to make his own choices.
Significantly the witches greet both the kinsmen on the heath.Macbeth is seduced by prophecy and by Lady Macbeth’s and his own greed for power, as well as his love for Lady Macbeth and his desire to earn her love and respect.
His initial murder might be viewed by Scots as somewhat expected, and surely, no one in the play seems either deceived nor surprised.
That Shakespeare needed to add the additional motivation of the desire to prove himself courageous before his strong-willed life shows that Shakespeare was aware that Macbeth had stacked the deck against his sinfulness. In act IV Shakespeare's fantasy of a world without womanly innocence and vulnerability is portrayed.
By presenting the foils of Lady Macduff and Lady Macbeth, we see shakespeare's ideal woman, Lady Macduff, who contains "womanly innocence" and her sole purpose is to care for her children (IV. ii. 77). Macbeth goes from being a strong, well respected man to a cold, heartless, fearless murderer while Lady Macbeth goes from being strong willed and controlling to a scared, paranoid child.
These changes are the direct result of murdering Duncan. By: Stefanie, Rachel.
Emily, Nicole and Bryn Macbeth: Act 4, Scene 1 Significance Foreshadowing through the 3 apparations: 1st apparation, an armoured head to represent Macbeths severed head. - 2nd apparation, a bloody child to signify that the Macduff was not .
Shakespeare wants us to feel sympathy for Lady Macbeth. and she becomes a pitiful wreck because when Macbeth no longer supports her and she crumbles. She has complete support from her husband and she was the dominant force in the relationship.