[2014] Sydney Brown: Macbeth

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[2014] Sydney Brown: Macbeth

In Game of Thrones, Petyr Baelish is a lord of a very small area. He is not satisfied with the amount of power that he has. Petyr is manipulative and willing to do whatever it takes to gain a higher title. He blackmails the king and marries a young lady of a prominent kingdom in the country to work his way up the hierarchy. Macbeth was the same way. The desire to become King overruled the guilt and violence that came along with becoming King. Petyr and Macbeth are greedy people that replaced their morals with ambition. The line between wrong and right became blurred when they developed a tunnel vision for power.

Modern Day Connection

The witches are conjuring a potion when "Something wicked this way comes" (4, 1, 431). Macbeth demanded to see the witches masters, the apparitions. The apparitions arrive and tell Macbeth of his future. The first apparition warns Macbeth to "Beware Macduff" (4, 1, 431). The second apparition who appears as a bloody child says Macbeth can't be harmed by someone born from a woman. The third apparition is a child wearing a crown, holding a tree branch that says "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnan Wood to high Dunsinane Hill/ Shall come against him" (4, 1, 432). Macbeth feels relieved because, he believes it could never happen. Even though he is so confident, He wants to kill Macduff just to make sure he could never be harmed.

Summary

Macbeth

William Shakespeare

Glog by: Sydney Brown

"The prince of Cumberland! That is/ a step/ On which i must fall down, or else o'erleap/For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires/ Let not light see my black and deep desires" (1, 4, 415). Macbeth learned that King Duncan's son, Malcolm has just been named the Prince of Cumberland. He knew that he had to kill Duncan in order to become King but, now he thinks he has to kill Malcolm. This quote shows Macbeth really wants to become King and he will do anything to reach his desires. This picture portays the biggest theme in Macbeth, Power.

"How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me/ I would, while it was smiling in my face/ Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums,/ And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you/ Have done to this" (1 ,7, 418). Lady Macbeth has just as much ambition to become queen as Macbeth has to become King. When Macbeth refuses to kill King Duncan she questions his manhood and persuades him to carry on with the plan by saying that she would go to extreme lengths as to killing her own child if she promised him she would and she expects the same thing from him.

"Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all,/ As the weird women promised, and, I fear,/ Thou playedst most foully for't" (3, 1, 424). Banquo is suspicious of Macbeth. He has recieved everything that the witches promised him but, He doesn't believe magic got it for him.

"Macbeth shall never vanquished be until/ Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill/ Shall come against him" (4, 1, 432).Dunsinane is a village in Scotland that is also home to Macbeth. The third apparition tells Macbeth that he will be safe as long as the woods don't move to his hometown of Dunsinane. This adds to Macbeth's confidence because he believes this could never happen.

This song Glory and Gore by Lorde is all about how the path to glory and success is sometimes a violent road. This is true in Macbeth. Macbeth wanted to be King more than anything that it led him to kill his own King and his best friend. He didn't think that without murder he could achieve this desire.

"Will all of Neptune's ocean wash this blood/ Clean from my hand" (2, 3, 421). Washing hands is a motif that is present in multiple scenes in the play. It is used as a symbol for guilt. Macbeth doesn't want to kill King Duncan or Malcolm but, his ambition to become King overruled his morals. When he does kill King Duncan, he immediately feels the guilt and he knows what he did can't be undone. The "blood" on his hands will be stained forever.

In this scene of Macbeth, (act 1 scene 3) Macbeth and Banquo see the three witches for the first time. The witches tell Macbeth that he will be the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King. Banquo wants to know his future too. The witches tell him he will be lesser but, greater than Macbeth, Not so happy but, happier than Macbeth, and his sons will be kings.


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