Macbeth - Power and Kingship Theme

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  • Power & Kingship
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      • "Then live Macduff, what need I fear of thee?"
        • Macbeth believes that he is invincible and feels that no one can challenge him - giving him an excuse to abuse his power even more.
      • After seeing the witches for a second time, Macbeth believes that he is invincible, calling him to abuse his power even further.
      • "The castle of Macduff I will surprise"
        • Macbeth abuses his power even further after reassured that he is invincible.  Showing that he has no thought of any backlash.
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      • "without the illness should attend it"
        • Lady Mabeth feels that Macbeth is too good to led himself get what he wants by force - showing the audience that Lady Macbeth is not to be trusted.
      • "When you durst do it, then you were a man"
        • Lady Macbeth pressurises Macbeth into committing regicide to get power by questioning his masculinity.  It shows that Lady Macbeth is willing to insult her husband to get what she wants.
      • The audience soon learn that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth can not be trusted as they are willing to go as far as to commit regicide, disrupting the great chain of being, to get power.
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      • "We'll have thee, as our rarer monsters are, painted on a pole"
        • Macduff views Macbeth as a monster, showing that Macbeth has become immoral due to the corruption of power.
      • "Out, damned spot! Out, I say"
        • Lady Macbeth shows how the guilt of commiting regicide can not be washed away - showing that immoral acts will stain a person forever.
      • Through Macbeth Shakespeare teaches the audience how power can corrupt people and lead to immoral acts if unchecked.
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      • "Brave Macbeth"
        • Macbeth is seen to be performing well and not abusing his power before he meets the witches.
      • "I have begun to plant thee"
        • Duncan is seen to be nurturing Macbeth because of his performance showing that he is a good king.
      • Scotland is led in accordance with the natural order when the play opens.  It shows that Duncan is a good king and his power is used appropriately.
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      • "No son of mine succeeding"
        • Macbeth is paranoid that he cannot have a son succeed him, showing that he cannot pass his power down and keep hold of Scotland.
      • "Which of you have done this?"
        • Macbeth begin to hallucinate because of his abuse of power.  He sees his dead companion who has been murdered because of Macbeth's power.
      • Macbeth's abuse of power begins to spiral out of control as he begins to hallucinate and his paranoia drives his violent decision making.


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