Outline. The written task is about “How could a text be read and interpreted differently by two different readers based on Act 5 Scene I of the play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare”. This Scene shows the hallucinations Lady Macbeth has after influencing her husband Macbeth to kill the King, Duncan. This task corresponds to the part 4 of the course, which covers the detailed study of a text. I was interested in studying this because it caught my attention the way Lady Macbeth and her husband were punished for committing treason from Shakespeare point of view, but from a modern point of view we can read the scene differently.
Macbeth first takes this in a joking manner, but soon begins to take it very seriously. When he came home to his wife, he shared the witches’ prediction with her and she encourages Macbeth to quicken the process by murdering the current king, King Duncan. After murdering the king, Macbeth soon finds himself needing to kill many more in order to keep his secret. His kingship comes into jeopardy when he hears of someone named Macduff who is foretold to have the power to defeat him. Macbeth hears some juxtapose news that gives him a reckless attitude.
After he killed the king he drove himself insane “People couldn't believe what I’d become”(24). Macbeth began hearing voices and getting flashbacks of what he has done. Many lines in this song connects to Macbeth ;however the way this song is sang I think has more sympathy for the mistakes he has made. He makes you feel sympathetic to his situation “Now in the morning I sleep alone/ Sweep the streets I used to
Alex Carney Julius Caesar Jacobs - 2nd Period April 15th, 2011 Ambition Many times in Shakespeare's “Tragedy of Julius Caesar,” Julius Caesar is accused of being ambitious. In fact, it is even the stated reason for his death. Among different interpretations, it is debatable whether or not this is a legitimate accusation. As a leader, Caesar had to do what was right for the good of Rome; however, the conspirators saw his leadership as tyranny. Ambition is used with an extremely negative connotation in Shakespeare's writing, but today, ambition is seen as a good trait for a hardworking person.
It can be suggested that Shakespeare presents this character in a negative light throughout the play in order to have the audience view his choices and actions negatively too. However, in Great Expectations, it may be argued that Dickens aims to make his audience more sympathetic to Pip and his situation, and therefore allows us to see Pip’s choices in a more positive light. 2. Main – prove my argument * Macbeth – presented negatively – uncontrollable, easily led, power driven, fear vs. bravery, treason What choice did he make? What influences did he have?
Vague language is used when providing Macbeth with prophesies. Macbeth visits the witches in order to get more information about the future. He leaves confident with what the apparitions told him. However, in Act V, he will come to realize the witches provided him with double meanings, “I pull in resolution, and begin/ To doubt th’ equivocation of the fiend/ That lies like truth” (5.5.47-49). First of all, Macbeth is warned, “Beware Macduff/ Beware the thane of Fife” (4.1.79-80).
All tragic heroes suffer and usually die at the end. But there are other things which are necessary to consider a play a tragedy, and sometimes (in rare cases) a hero doesn’t even need to die. One of those things is amount of free will. Exactly this apparition is very noticeable in Hamlet. Hamlet’s death could have been avoided many times.
Macbeth, William Shakespeare Quotes: Fate: • Macbeth: “If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me. Without my stir” (Act 1, Scene 3, line 147-149) → If fate wants me to be king, perhaps fate will just make it happen and I won’t have to do anything • Macbeth: “Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.” (Act 1, Scene 3, line 152-153) → (to himself) One way or another, what’s going to happen is going to happen. • “Fair is foul and foul is fair” • “All hail Macbeth, Hail King thereafter” • “Your children shall be kings” → Macbeth says this to Banquo after hearing what the witches has told them Fear: • “To be thus is nothing, But to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo…” (Act 3, Scene 1, line 49-50) → Macbeth to servants; it is nothing to be king as I am now - I must be king in safety • “Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect;” → Macbeth says this to the First Murderer when the Murderer tells him Fleance had escaped • “Stick deep, and in his royalty of nature. Reigns that which would be fear’d.
How does the Ghost persuade Hamlet to accept the role of revenger? Faced by the spirit of the late King and his father, Hamlet feels a sense of duty to avenge his father’s death. Shakespeare’s use of manipulative language encourages the audience to consider the possibility of emotional blackmail acting as the tipping point that convinces Hamlet to take on the role of revenger. In Scene 4 of the first act, when Hamlet has his first encounter with the Ghost, he notes that he “com’st in such a questionable shape”, suggesting a distraught mind. This is reflected in the contrasting lines such as “spirit of health or goblin damned”, implying that Hamlet cannot be sure whose ghost he is facing.
Shakespeare’s contemporaries believed in the supernatural very strongly and a majority of them were frightened of it, including the king of that time, King James I of England. In Shakespeare's time, many people were superstitious; they believed that that their lives were strongly influenced, if not dictated by fate. They also thought that the world was full of supernatural creatures, such as witches, ghosts, and many other such beings. Shakespeare incorporated these aspects of belief in his play Macbeth. The witches, although accurately predicting what would occur, i.e., Macbeth would be king, they did not specify how their prophecies would be realized.