Introduction to Macbeth (1)

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The Tragedy of Macbeth:

The Tragedy of Macbeth Set in Scotland Written for King James I (formerly of Scotland, now England) Shakespeare researched The Chronicles by Raphael Holinshed. Many of the characters are real ancestors of King James I

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e · quiv · o · ca · tion [ih-kwiv- uh - key -sh uh n] noun 1.the use of equivoca l or ambiguous expressions, especially in order to mislead or hedge. 2.an equivoca l, ambiguous expressio n. The speech was marked by elaborate equivocations . 3.Logic . a fallacy caused by the double meaning of a word. Synonyms: fudge, hedge, pussyfoot, tergiversate, waffle, weasel, beat around ( or about) the bush, hem and haw, straddle the fence , flip-flop, yo-yo; dodge, duck, elude, eschew, evade, shake, shirk, shun, sidestep, skirt; bypass, circumvent; cavil, quibble; straddle

Macbeth Introduction:

Macbeth Introduction Written by William Shakespeare in 1605 Macbeth is a man who overthrows the rightful King of Scotland Shakespeare wrote Macbeth at the beginning of King James I reign Before James succeeded Elizabeth I he was king of Scotland

Will the real Macbeth please stand up?:

Will the real Macbeth please stand up? Macbeth was a real king of Scotland He did kill King Duncan Reigned from 1040-1057 Unlike the Macbeth in Shakespeare ’ s play The real Macbeth had a legitimate claim to the throne The real Macbeth was a strong leader The real Macbeth ’ s reign was successful The real Macbeth was killed at Lumphanan as opposed to Dunsinane

Connections for British Society:

Connections for British Society “ Remember, remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason Should ever be forgot... ” In November 1605 the Gunpowder Plot was discovered Guy Fawkes and his followers (Roman Catholics) planned to blow up Parliament They wanted to bring down the British government and put a Catholic rulers on the throne The plot was discovered and the men involved were tried and killed as traitors Shakespeare sided with the king and seemed to think that a play about treason and death would find an audience at this time

So this is a comedy… right?:

So this is a comedy… right? Macbeth is one of Shakespeare ’ s most famous tragedies (it is also his shortest) Aside from the violent nature of the plot Shakespeare uses several literary devices to enhance the feeling of evil He creates a serious and sinister mood by having most of the play take place at night There is a heavy emphasis on the supernatural (witches, dreams, spells, and ghosts)

Characters :

Characters King Duncan of Scotland Murdered by Macbeth Honest and good Malcolm & Donalbain Sons of the King Malcolm is the eldest son Macbeth Duncan ’ s most courageous general and a great warrior Already the Thane of Glamis (becomes Thane of Cawdor and then king) Ambition to become king corrupts him causing him to murder Duncan

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Banquo General and Macbeth ’ s best friend Suspects Macbeth in connection to Duncan ’ s murder An actual ancestor of King James I Lady Macbeth As ambitious as her husband A dark force behind his evil deeds Macduff Scottish general, suspects Macbeth of murdering the king Macbeth has his family murdered Swears vengeance

The Scottish Play:

The Scottish Play It is believed to be bad luck to speak the word ‘ Macbeth ’ in a theatre Legend has it you will lose all your friends involved in the production—horribly The legend says that an early actor to play Macbeth died when a real knife was used instead of a stage knife Other strange occurrences and mishaps surround the play

Tragic Hero:

Tragic Hero “ Man of high standard who falls from that high because of a flaw that has affected many ” - Aristotle Macbeth is one of the most famous examples of the tragic hero. Just as other tragic heroes, Macbeth has a “ fatal flaw ” . In Macbeth ’ s case, it is ambition and obsession

So what really happens?:

So what really happens? Good guy goes bad Good guy wants power Married to an evil, ambitious woman She wants power Kills people- LOTS of people Gets power Gets paranoid (a.k.a. goes crazy) Ticks off a lot of people Want more power! Kill! Kill! Gets what ’ s coming to him in the end

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Themes Ambition and the pursuit of power causes downfall Cruelty vs. Manhood (Do you need to be a man to be cruel?) King vs. Tyrant (What ’ s the difference?) Symbols The supernatural (ghosts, witches) BLOOD Weather (Hurly-burly)

"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under 't." Macbeth Quote (Act I, Scene V).

"Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?" Macbeth Quote (Act II, Scene I).

"Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Macbeth Quote (Act V, Scene V).:

"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under 't." Macbeth Quote (Act I, Scene V).

"Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?" Macbeth Quote (Act II, Scene I).

"Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Macbeth Quote (Act V, Scene V).

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