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  • Macbeth
    • Killing the King
      • Regicide (which mean killing a King)
        • This is an example of euphemism - an indirect word substituted for one comcidered to be too harsh or unpleasant
          • could show that Macbeth is afraid or the truth/ consequence
            • The first signs of macbeths tortured/  fragmented mind
      • 'Dagger of the mind'
        • Soliloquy
        • The first signs of macbeths tortured/  fragmented mind
    • Banquo
      • Proof that the witches prophecies can be resisted. Doesn't tempt fate
        • Link to witches and supernatural
    • Lady Macbeth
      • Emasculates Macbeth
        • clevery manipulates Macbeth to get what she wants
        • 'are you a man?'
      • Power
        • shocking to a Jacobean audience but less shocking to modern day contemporaryaudiences
          • Patriarchal society
        • 'Unisex me here'
          • Wants to be rid of her feminine qualities which make her seem weak or fragile
            • shocking to a Jacobean audience but less shocking to modern day contemporaryaudiences
              • Patriarchal society
        • Her impurities motivate Macbeth
          • Emasculates Macbeth
            • clevery manipulates Macbeth to get what she wants
            • 'are you a man?'
          • 'Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent underneath'
            • Biblical reference to garden of Eden when devil is portrayed as a snake
            • implying Macbeth should be the devil - temptations
              • Dramatic irony - as Macbeth is continually refered to by connotations of the devil
                • 'Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent underneath'
                  • Biblical reference to garden of Eden when devil is portrayed as a snake
                  • implying Macbeth should be the devil - temptations
                    • Dramatic irony - as Macbeth is continually refered to by connotations of the devil
                      • 'Devilish macbeth'
                • 'Devilish macbeth'

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