Seamus Kirby & mdash; Science Leadership Academy @ Center City
- Author: Adam Floyd Mar 05, 2018,
Mar 05, 2018, 6:37
We got our first benchmark after reading Macbeth. We had to choose a major character from the book, and create a thesis that we felt described that character in the book. We chose 10 quotes from the book, that had to support our thesis. I chose Macbeth, here is my project:
In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a brave and loyal thane; but as the play progresses he becomes an evil tyrant.
In act 1, scene 2, page 4, a captain enters the room to tell the king the latest news about the war. He said that they had just one great battle, and that Macbeth killed a rebel leader. Cawdor was a traitor, only the king ordered his execution. The captain said, "For brave Macbeth - well I deserves that name ..." (Act 1, scene 2, page 4, line 16). What he means is that Macbeth deserves to be called brave. He's saying that Macbeth is very courageous, and is a hero. At this early part of the play he is described as very valiant. Others in the play also admire him for his bravery and courageousness.
In act 1, scene 5, page 15, the king is talking to Banquo about Macbeth, during a gathering of all the thanes. The king says to Banquo "... he is full so valiant ..." (Act 1, scene 5, page 15, line 54). He is saying that Macbeth is extremely valiant, and when he says full he means he is full of only good, nothing bad. He is talking about how much he values Macbeth, and how fine a thane he is. At this point King Duncan trusts Macbeth because of how well he has proved himself to the King. He is being called loyal at an early stage in the play. Macbeth knows that he is valued which makes the decision to kill the king much more difficult.
In act 3, scene 2, page 47, Macbeth is talking to Lady Macbeth about how they are not going to get caught. He says "... full of scorpions is my mind ..." (Act 3, scene 2, page 47, line 37). What he is saying is that his mind is full of conflict. This means your mind is changing. This change signifies his change to an evil tyrant. As the play goes on, his change becomes more apparent.
In act 4, scene 1, page 63, the witches are making a potion when Macbeth appears and they give him 3 prophecies. The second witch says "... something wicked this way comes." (Act 4, scene 1, page 63, line 66). The witch is saying that something wicked is coming. This means that the witch sees Macbeth as something wicked. The first time Macbeth came, Macbeth was coming, but the second time they said he was wicked, which shows how he has changed in the eyes of the witches. Eventually this change becomes more apparent, when he shows that Killing Duncan was hard for him, but the rest was easier.More news: The Workshop Of ViLmuS
In act 4, scene 1, page 68, he witches finished telling Macbeth the prophecies, and Macbeth finds out Macduff fled to England. He says "The castle of Macduff I will surprise ..." (Act 4, scene 1, page 68, line 173). He is saying that he will attack Macduff's castle. This means that Macbeth is going to kill Macduff's family, and servants. This shows how he is less loyal and brave and more evil.
In act 4, scene 3, pages 76 - 77, Macduff is talking with Malcolm about how Macbeth took over. Macduff says to Malcolm "Fit to govern? No, not to live! "(Act 4, scene 3, pages 76 - 77, lines 104-105). He is saying that Macbeth is not fit to govern or live. This means that Macbeth sees Macbeth for what he actually is. This shows how Macbeth has become an evil tyrant. Others start to see him in the same way too.
In act 5, scene 3, page 87, Macbeth is frustrated with all his responsibilities, when a servant walks in. Macbeth says to the servant "The devil damn thee black thou cream-faced loon! Where did you have that goose look? "(Act 5, scene 3, page 87, lines 11-12). He is calling the servant a cream-faced loon, and asking why he looks like a goose. This means that a servant walks in ad Macbeth immediately insults him. This shows how Macbeth has become an evil tyrant. Macbeth is also extremely harsh.
In act 5, scene 5, page 92, Macbeth has just learned that Macbeth has died, and a messenger walks saying that the trees are moving, fulfilling one of Macbeth's prophecies. He says "If thou speak'st false, upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive till famine cling thee." (Act 5, scene 5, page 92, lines 38-40). He is saying that if the messenger is wrong we will tie him to the tree until he dies of hunger. This means that Macbeth will punish someone extraordinarily harshly for something incredibly small. This demonstrates that Macbeth has completed his transformation into an evil tyrant.
All these quotes show how Macbeth changed throughout the play. He changed from a brave, loyal thane who honored the king and did great deeds in battle, to an evil tyrant, who threatened and abused people. The message Shakespeare could be trying to give us is that all of us have something inside that will go to any length to get what it wants, no matter how respectable or wicked we truly are. Macbeth shows us this because Macbeth is an honest and loyal thane, who is shown that he could be king. This temptation made him kill many people, just because he wanted to be king.