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  • Macbeth
    • Ambition
      • Act 1 Scene 3: "why do I yield to that suggestion" -Macbeth
        • Already, Macbeth is contemplating Duncan's murder, however is shocked by the thought.
      • Act 4 Scene 1: "the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand" -Macbeth
        • Macbeth is determined to pursue his murderous deeds.
          • Demonstrates his efforts to be the same in his "own act and valour" as he is in his desire (Lady Macbeth, Act 1 Scene 7).
      • Act 1 Scene 4: "Let not light see my black and deep desires" -Macbeth
        • "Black" is an extreme tone, suggesting Macbeth's desires are strong.
        • "Let" is an imperative verb suggesting Macbeth is a powerful and dominant man
      • Act 2 Scene 1: "is this a dagger which I see before me" shows his conscience is overwhelmed by his ambition.
    • Loyalty
      • Act 1 Scene 2: "like valour's minion"
        • Demonstrates Macbeth's desires to protect King Duncan and Scotland.
      • Macbeth is initially shocked at the idea of killing Duncan.
        • Act 1 Scene 3: "Shakes so my single state of man" -Macbeth.
          • Shows he is physically disturbed.
        • Monarchs were appointed by God therefore Macbeth would be "against the use of nature"
      • Act 1 Scene 7: "hath been so clear in his great office" -Macbeth.
        • Demonstrates his admiration and respect for Duncan.
    • Supernatural
      • Act 1 Scene 3: Macbeth describes the day as "foul and fair", echoing the witches words in Act 1 Scene 1
        • Shows Macbeth's fate is linked with the witches' prophecy.
      • Act 3 Scene 2: "O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!"
        • Unpleasant animal imagery is similar to the Witches' spell in Act 4 Scene 1, showing Macbeth is progressively becoming more similar to the Witches
        • Scorpions have a venomous stinger suggesting Macbeth has been intoxicated by the prophecy.
      • Act 1 Scene 4: "Stars, hide your fires" - Macbeth
        • Links to astrology, a key concept at the time.
      • Act 2 Scene 2: Macbeth believes he hears a voice "Sleep no more, Macbeth does murder sleep"
        • Reminds the audience of Act 1 Scene 3 where the witches say they'll stop the Captain of the Tiger from sleeping.
          • Shows Macbeth's fate is linked with the supernatural.
      • In Act 3 Scene 4, Macbeth comments that the dead now rise again, emphasising how the natural order has been disrupted since Macbeth killed Duncan.
        • Reminds the audience of Act 2 Scene 4, "A falcon... was be a mousing owl hacked at and killed".
    • Character
      • Macbeth has 'deep desires' to kill Duncan despite being a loyal thane.
      • Described by Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 7, as "the poor cat i'th'adage"
        • Suggests Macbeth is fearful to involve himself in gruesome acts, contrasting from his valiant behaviour in battle.
          • Act 1 Scene 2: "unseamed him from the nave to the chops"
      • In Act 1 Scene 7, he is apprehensive and an atypical man of the time.
      • In Act 1 Scene 22, Macbeth is praised for his bloodthirsty behaviour which is ironic as it leads to his downfall.
      • Act 1 Scene 7: Lady Macbeth assumes Macbeth will hesitate over killing Duncan as he is "too full o'th'milk of human kindness".
        • Shows that Macbeth is not completely evil
      • Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth into agreeing to murder Duncan showing he is easily influenced.
      • Macbeth's insanity develops as in Act 1 he was shocked by the thought of killing Duncan, but in Act 3 Scene 1 there is no hesitation.
      • In Act 3 Scene 1, Macbeth adopts Lady Macbeth's manipulative manner.
        • He questions the murderers masculinity.
        • He tricks them into killing Banquo by claiming he is responsible for ruining their lives.
      • Act 3 Scene 3: Macbeth sends a third murderer implying he is paranoid and insecure.
      • Act 5 Scene 8: Macbeth chooses to fight and die rather than be humiliated showing that he returns to be being a brave hero like at the beginning of the play.
        • Reminds the audience of the 'valiant' soldier he was in Act 1 Scene2 which contrast against his many moments of weakness and confusion.
        • Proves that Macbeth is not an evil character when he is not overwhelmed with ambition.




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