Macbeth Act 4 Scene 1

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  • Act 4 Scene 1
    • Beginning
      • 'Tell me, thou unknown power'
        • He is demanding and wants to retain control. 
        • “Tell” is an imperative suggesting Macbeth is used to giving instructions.
      • 'one word more'
        • Macbeth attempts to command the apparition and is rebuffed by the witch. 
        • This implies that Macbeth does not have any power or control over the apparitions, or over his fate.
    • Middle
      • 'the power of man'
        • Macbeth is feeling confident at this point because he hears that no man of woman born can hurt him.
        • Power implies that knows that he has power because he is king at the moment; he is arrogant. 
      • 'Had I three ears I’d hear thee'
        • Mocking the repetition by saying if he had “three ears” suggests he is using humour to cope with a stressful situation. 
        • He’s acting sarcastically towards the witches; not taking them seriously.
    • End
      • 'sleep in spite of thunder'
        • Macbeth reveals his uneasy thoughts and paranoia are affecting his sleep.
        • He describes his paranoid thoughts as “thunder” which suggests it is noisy, constantly rumbling in the background, preventing his peace. 
      • 'what need I fear of thee?'
        • Macbeth is relieved to hear that Macduff is not a threat to him, assuming he is born of a woman.
        • The rhetorical question implies Macbeth is still not entirely convinced that he has no one to fear.

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