Macbeth Act 5 Scene 5

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  • Act 5 Scene 5
    • Beginning
      • 'Life's but a walking shadow'
        • Macbeth feels that life is pointless as 'like a shadow' it just copies, imitates and then disappears.
    • Middle
      • 'Liar and slave!'
        • Macbeth is aggressive to the messenger as he realises that the end is coming for him.
        • The choice of insult, “liar”, is interesting as Macbeth himself is a liar. He also calls the messenger “slave” suggesting Macbeth wants to confirm his superiority over the messenger.
      • 'I care not if thou dost for me as much'
        • He tells the messenger that if the forest is moving, then the messenger can hang Macbeth from the tree.  This is because Macbeth realises that his life is about to become to and end.
        • Macbeth is desperate and shows the audience that he feels death is the only way out.
    • End
      • 'And wish the estate o' the world were now undone'
        • Macbeth wishes to plunge the world into chaos - showing that if he is going to die, he is going to take as much of the world along as well.
      • 'At least we'll die with harness on our back.'
        • Macbeth would rather die in combat than to be hanged.  Showing his former life as a soldier for King Dunkin.
        • Macbeth know there is no point in trying to escape his fate by this point in the play, so his final act is to battle “with harness on” suggesting he will not go down without a fight.


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