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Macbeth

Writing assignments

Act i:
       Write a 300 word essay comparing Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Find at least two passages spoken by each character that supports the points in your paper.
      In Macbeth, Macbeth and lady Macbeth are torn apart due to their excessive hunger for power. Both get turned into a spiral of guilt and evil. Lady Macbeth takes Macbeth into killing Duncan, "What beast was 't then That made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more the man. Nor time nor place Did then adhere, and yet you would make both. They have made themselves, and that their fitness now."  They are both stubborn which is proven when Macbeth doesn’t want to change his mind about killing Duncan. "We will not proceed no further in this business." The relationship between Macbeth and lady Macbeth is very close but a strange one. Macbeth doesn’t understand a lot about lady Macbeth that she knows about him. Lady Macbeth knows Macbeth’s weaknesses and strengths of character. Lady Macbeth is the stronger of the two in the beginning. Macbeth takes control when he kills the guards. Like she thought she was lady Macbeth was not ready for the death of Duncan and for a while Macbeth is in control of the situation. Form that point, he goes from strength to strength and plans the deaths of Banquo and Fleance. The only weakness shown there is that he had to get hit men to do it, he could not kill his best friend himself. Macbeth is in control and very powerful until the banquet scene. This is the last time in the play that Lady Macbeth is able to become the more powerful of the two. After the banquet scene Macbeth goes from strength to strength again, and having Macduff‘s family killed is a sign of this. When Macbeth consults the weird sisters for the last time, they trick him to make him think that he will not be overthrown by anyone. The communication between the couple is very strong at the beginning but as the play progresses it alters and eventually breaks down. Well Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are a very odd couple, despite all their differences they still have many similarities which helps the relationship work out. If they went so ambitious towards power, they might have ended up with a happy ending.
Act II:
      Write a character sketch of the castle porter think about how the porter differs from other characters in the play. Is he a serious or comical character?
        The castle porter is a very comical character. He obviously enjoys drinking, which maks him do comedic things. For example, as he is opening the door, he pretends to be opening the gates to hell and talking to Beelzebub. We believe his purpose in the play is to lighten the mood.
 
Act III:
   Shakespeare never reveals the identity of the 3rd murderer. Who do you think he or she might be? Write an essay supporting your theory. Build a case using details from the play. Use the process of elimination to exoncrate some of the other characters. Remember the 3rd murderer could have been sent by someone -even the witches- for a specific reason. Make sure your theory has no gaps.
        The witches sent the 3rd murder. We don't think it was Macbeth because he would have sent him with the other two murderers. We believe he was sent to free Fleance. We think this because he asks, "Who struck out the light?" and makes the comment, "The son is fled." He tells them, "Let's leave and say how much is done?"
 
Act IV:
   Macbeth is a tragic hero, a person of high rank who is brought to an eventful ruin by a flaw in his character. Macbeth's tragic flaw is his ambition, which leads him into a sense of bloody and indefinsible acts. Write a composition in which you relate Macbeth's character  to the plot development of the play.
     As Macbeth's attitude changes, the plot changes also. In the beginning, Macbeth is a great, kind hero. Everything in the kingdom is going smoothly at this time. Then, after the witches' predictions, his attitude changes completely because he wants more power. He becomes very selfish and does whatever he can to become king, even if that means killing his friends. When he begins to develop this  cold heart, it really establishes the plot and all the events to follow. So the plot is constantly affected by his changing personality.
 
Act V:
   Macbeth's soliloquy after learning of Lady Macbeth's death (Act V, Scene I) is probably the most famous in the play. Write an essay in which you explain the view of life that Macbeth presents and then explain whether that view is Shakespeare's of Macbeth's. Include specific details from the play.
    Macbeth says that she would have died anyway. He is saying that life is insignificant and only lasts for a little while, and then everyone forgets you anyway. He didn't think it was that big of a deal that she died. His view of life at this moment is that it doesn't mean anything an it signifies nothing. We  think that this is Macbeth's view of life because he has killed so many people, and he is trying to justify his actions.