The Phrase “any shape” means that Macbeth would rather see even the fiercest of animals than see the ghost of Banquo, further telling us that he is being driven maniacal by his own thoughts. “my firm nerves” is ironic because his nerves are not even close to being firm at all, in fact his nerves are the farthest thing from firm if he is hallucinating a ghost in the first place. Shakespeare’s use of hallucinations and irony in act III creates the tone that Macbeth has truly gone
The acting is spot-on in this film. Some other interpretations of Macbeth through film, or even in a theater production, can tend to be overdramatized and can really turn you off from the film/play from the get go. This is not the case in the Goold film. Patrick Stewart as Macbeth and Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth speaking these lovely verses bring just the right amount of excitement and coyness to their roles. Its elements such as this that hook you from the beginning and keep you engrossed until the very end.
In modern society the concept of guilt is commonly misinterpreted for fear. For example in today's society people of conscience may fear that a poor person might die on the streets. However fear is present but their is more guilt towards the homeless person. In Macbeth the same events happen, from Macbeth thinking Banquos ghost is just a fear of his, and it was made by the witches, he chooses to ignore it however Macbeth makes the crucial mistake of the misjudgement of fear and guilt. Macbeth seeing Banquos ghost is not his fear but his guilt over killing his best friend.
Every other time the ghost of King Hamlet appeared, another person saw it. The one instance of only Hamlet being able to see the ghost is not significant enough evidence to prove that this instance is a sign of Hamlet’s insanity. It is possible that the ghost made himself seen by the other’s solely because he meant to, and made himself only witnessable in the presence of Gertrude with the intentions of not frightening her. After this scene, Hamlet kills Polonius without knowledge of who the ominous presence was behind the curtains. Hamlet yells, “How now?
And is interpreted differently according to each person’s beliefs. It seems like most believe the supernatural explanation and fewer believe the natural explanation. There are so many examples of supernatural feelings in the novel, like for example the moor is described to be supernatural like. It was describe as being alive, dangerous and having a very intimidating presence. The moor was talked about as if it was actually alive.
The passage says, “and reverence towards the gods must be safeguarded.” For Antigone this quote illustrates that her reasoning that the gods would be on her side was not an assumption she should have made, because not one did the gods talk to her specifically and tell her to bury the body of her brother. At first in the play Antigone was relishing in the fact that she would die for a noble hubris cause, but she later on questions the gods when she talks about the gods not being on her side. Creon on the other side commits the act of blasphemy towards the gods by mocking Zeus in one of his speeches. Creon also compares himself to the gods and both of them should have not used the god’s names for the hubris ways. Lastly the passage says, “those blows will teach us wisdom.” Both Antigone and Creon lost the very things they cared about while trying to be hubris.
But on the contrary, most public officials believed that it wasn’t revenge from God, it wasn’t the Jews or even a weakness of the soul, but just a disease (Knox). They authorities tried to do every thing they could to deal with the outrageous problems, but there was only so much they could do, so once the government failed people would turn to ridiculous extremities (Knox). Only the wealthy were typically able to afford an exorcist or a confessor so the common folk would have to make do with the superstitions and “hack physicians” who knew very little about illnesses that dealt with human anatomy. Plague Doctors were hired to come in to towns or affected areas to “cure” the sick, but they were not even trained physicians or surgeons, so that alone was a rather large risk, but also understandable because the people experiencing this were very desperate to get healthier. The doctors would wear masks that had “beaks” on them to be used as filters that were filled with perfumes that were thought to be used as cleaning vapors.
Shakespeare has used “brain” because the imagery is further emboldened due to the fact it is gruesome. Furthermore, it could also mean something deeper with Lady Macbeth possibly realising her brain isn’t in the right frame of mind meaning this body part is frontal in her mind. Shakespeare had used references to body parts previously in the play but never the brain, this could imply to the audience mental illness is
Evil decisions Royalty is not always perfect, the guys who are perceived to be the good may also have the unseen bad guy’s evil decisions resulting in unpleasant consequences. Evil takes part in any decision made, if not the right decision no so good outcomes may occur. Having the good guy label may be helpful to succeeding, but trusting in bad when seen as good is very risky. Never will a poorly chosen decision have a great outcome forever, consequences will come in the future. Act three scene two, Macbeth is telling Lady Macbeth of another dirty deed he is thinking to precede.
I would never know the answers to this question but I’d rather not think about it. I was a bit worried about Calpurnia’s dream, when she said my statue sprouted blood which Romans bathed their hands in. But I couldn’t let it show, I couldn’t let her see me as weak- if I was scared of a dream how would I lead the country? Rome needs a strong leader, not a leader who listens to every word his wife says. The soothsayer’s warning was nothing to be afraid of but what if this was a sign from the gods to warn me about this day?