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Act V favourites March 16, 2010

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MACBETH: Thou losest labour:
As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed:
Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;
I bear a charmed life, which must not yield,
To one of woman born.5

MACDUFF:
Despair thy charm;
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb
Untimely ripp’d.6

MACBETH: Accursed be that tongue that tells me so,
For it hath cow’d my better part of man!
And be these juggling fiends no more believed,
That palter with us in a double sense;
That keep the word of promise to our ear,
And break it to our hope. I’ll not fight with thee.

My favourite scene in Act V is in Scene 8 line 11-26, the scene where Macduff and Macbeth encounter each other and are talking to each other before the fight. In this scene Macbeth realizes that Macduff is actually able to kill Macbeth, because Macduff was “Untimely ripp’d.” Now that Macbeth knows, he does not want to fight with Macduff, since he has a chance of getting killed.

I like this scene because this scene shows that Macbeth is not seen as a brave soldier anymore. From the beginning of the play, Macbeth had been portrayed as a brave soldier who came back from the battle harmless, however in this scene, he was about to reject Macduff, trying to fight against him. It shows the weak side of Macbeth and at the same time shows the readers that Macbeth is not that strong after all. Certainly, how Macbeth started hallucinating, after he murdered Banquo, also shows the readers how Macbeth is not as strong as he has been portrayed. However this scene in the climax of the play was more shocking to hear. Also, Macbeth seems furious that the witches have tricked Macbeth. Macbeth had trusted their foretelling for a long time, it had always been very accurate. As Macbeth obtained what he had always wanted, he becomes greedier and crueler. It’s interesting to see the transaction in Macbeth. This passage also gives the readers a message about how too much greed leads to failure.

 

Act IV favourites

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Son: What is a traitor?

LADY MACDUFF: Why, one that swears and lies.

Son: And be all traitors that do so?

LADY MACDUFF: Every one that does so is a traitor, and must be hanged.

Son: And must they all be hanged that swear and lie?

LADY MACDUFF: Every one.

Son: Who must hang them?

LADY MACDUFF: Why, the honest men.

Son: Then the liars and swearers are fools, for there are liars and swearers enow to beat the honest men and hang up them.

LADY MACDUFF: Now, God help thee, poor monkey! But how wilt thou do for a father? Son: If he were dead, you’ld weep for him: if you would not, it were a good sign that I should quickly have a new father.

LADY MACDUFF: Poor prattler, how thou talk’st!

My favourite scene in act IV is scene ii, line 53-72, just before Lady Macduff and her son is suddenly murdered. This scene shows relationship of Lady Macduff and her son. They are having a informal conversation any child would have with their mother, showing how Lady Macduff and her son have a very intimate relationship.

This scene is dramatic irony. The readers know that both of the characters are going to be murdered. As anticipated, Macbeth’s murderers murder both Lady Mac duff and her son. I think is it also very ironic that, it is right after this conversation that the two characters get murdered, because they are having a usual mother and son conversation and such tragic has to occur.

It is also interesting observing how evil Macbeth has become. Just because Macduff did not appear at the banquet, Macbeth became very suspicious of him and decided to murder his family. However, Lady Macduff and her son have no clue of what is going to happen, since they did not expect their lives were in danger.

I like this scene in particular because, Lady Macbeth and her son’s relationship, and Macbeth’s progression in the evil side could be seen in this scene, which makes this scene one of the interesting scenes throughout the play.

 

Act III favourites March 6, 2010

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Explain in your view, what is the most striking image or line from Act III of Shakespeare’s Macbeth?
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My act III favourite is in scene 3, where Banquo gets murdered.

Second Murderer: A light, a light!

Enter BANQUO, and FLEANCE with a torch

Third Murderer: ‘Tis he.

First Murderer: Stand to’t.

BANQUO: It will be rain to-night.

First Murderer: Let it come down.

They set upon BANQUO

BANQUO: O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly!

Thou mayst revenge. O slave!

Dies. FLEANCE escapes

This shows the second murder Macbeth committed. It shows the cruelness of Macbeth, and it also shows the gradual increase in his savage heart.

Since the time when the witches told Macbeth that he was going to become king, Macbeth’s goal was to become king and do whatever it takes to become a king, especially with Lady Macbeth’s encouragement. He murdered Duncan in the beginning, with hesitation, but when Macbeth planned to kill Banquo, he had no hesitation. He casually told the murders to kill Banquo for him.

In scene 3, it conveys the part where Banquo is murdered, and Fleance escapes. This is an interesting scene because this shows the flaw of the murder. This one flaw will lead to the big incidents coming up and its interesting to see the flaws that come out which will contribute to suspense in the story.

 

citizens responsibilities February 8, 2010

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Are a citizen’s first responsibilities to family, political leader, or country? Explain.
Would assassination or civil war ever be a justifiable response to tyranny? What would you do if the leader of your country became a vicious tyrant?
Copy these questions onto your blog and respond there. The citizens should be responsible to their country, because without protecting the country, people are not able to protect their own families. When there is war in the country, men try to fight to make the opponent move out of their territory, when the other one tries to invade the land. When one army invades land, it would automatically lead to the danger of the citizens, indicating that if the citizens do not be loyal to their country, their own family would be the target of attack. This means that by being loyal to the country, iAre a citizen’s first responsibilities to family, political leader, or country? Explain.
Would assassination or civil war ever be a justifiable response to tyranny? What would you do if the leader of your country became a vicious tyrant?
Copy these questions onto your blog and respond there. The citizens should be responsible to their country, because without protecting the country, people are not able to protect their own families. When there is war in the country, men try to fight to make the opponent move out of their territory, when the other one tries to invade the land. When one army invades land, it would automatically lead to the danger of the citizens, indicating that if the citizens do not be loyal to their country, their own family would be the target of attack. This means that by being loyal to the country, it is also letting the citizen be responsible to take care of family so their family members would not get hurt. Being responsible for the country means that it is ready to protect the family. If the leader of the country became a vicious tyrant, I would flee to another country. That is because If the leader of the country is vicious, it means that the country would be reined in a way that citizens would be treated in a bad way. t is also letting the citizen be responsible to take care of family so their family members would not get hurt. Being responsible for the country means that it is ready to protect the family. If the leader of the country became a vicious tyrant, I would flee to another country. That is because If the leader of the country is vicious, it means that the country would be reined in a way that citizens would be treated in a bad way.

 

Act 2 favourites January 28, 2010

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Explain in your view, what is the most striking image or line from Act II of Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

The most striking image in Act II was the part where Porter is chanting about opening a door to the evil world and letting the evil out of the cage in Act II scene 3, line 1-20. It is a humorous speech Porter makes. However, after his speech is when everyone in the castle finds out that King Duncan has been killed. There is a huge contrast, because the image Porter creates is a joyful and cheerful image, on the other hand the image when everyone finds out that Duncan has been murdered is suddenly changes into a peculiar and distressed tone, where everyone is concerned about who did it, and especially for Duncan’s sons Malcom and Donalbain, scared that they are going to be the next target.

I especially like this scene because it’s before the stressing scenes, and it has an effect of making the scene very bright before the murder of Duncan.

Also, it shows how drunk the people were, because Lady Macbeth had made everyone drunk until they were unconscious. Porter is a very good example of one of them. When he is talking, he is all over the place and he gives out little shrieks many times.

 

Act 1 Favourites January 26, 2010

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Explain in your view, what is the most striking image or line from Act I of Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

Act 1, scene 5 line 42-57.

This is when Lady Macbeth hears that Duncan, the king is coming over to their house and because she has heard from Macbeth that the witches told him that he would be king, she is thinking of killing Duncan. This passage is striking because some words like “unsex me here”, shows how strong Lady Macbeth’s ambitions to be a Queen was. It’s also foreshadowing the future occurrences and the readers can see how desperate Lady Macbeth is, to get the throne.  I think this passage important, for it develops the character of Lady Macbeth.

 

First English blog January 21, 2010

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English 🙂