[2015] Cassie Sondles: Macbeth

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[2015] Cassie Sondles: Macbeth

Act four starts out with the three witches circling their cauldron and mixing in strange ingredients. They chant "Double, double, toil and trouble;/ Fire burn and cauldron bubble," (Act IV, Scene I, page 431) casting a spell of some sort. Then suddenly, Macbeth appears asking the witches if the prophecies he has heard before about him were really true. The witches form three apparitions from the cauldron to speak to Macbeth. The first apparition if a floating head masked with armour. This head tells Macbeth to beware Macduff at all times. The second apparition is a young bloody child and he says to Macbeth, "Be bloody, bold, and resolute;/ laugh to scorn/ The power of man, for none of woman born / shall harm Macbeth," (Act IV, Scene I, page 431) basically saying no one born from a woman can harm Macbeth. The last apparition comes as a young boy with a crown upon his head and a small tree in his hand. The boy tells Macbeth that no one will ever defeat him until the trees of Birnam Wood move up to Dunsinane Hill. Macbeth believes he has nothing to worry about because everyone is born from a woman and trees cannot just simply move up a hill. Although, in these riddles you have to seek out what the real truth is.

Amy Winehouse is an example of a tragic hero like Macbeth. As Macbeth started out as a noble soldier, she started out as a young girl looking to sing, write songs, and have a career in what she loved. Although, like Macbeth had the tragic flaw in his addiction to power, Winehouse developed an addiction to drugs. Outer forces influenced these behavoirs for instance Lady Macbeth persuaded Macbeth to kill Duncan which let to a multiple murder spree and Winehouse's husband introduced her to many drugs. Macbeth says in a cry for sympathy "And that which should accompany old age, / As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends, / I must not look to have, but, in their stead, / Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honor, breath / Which the poor heart would fain deny and dare not," (Act V, Scene III, page 441). Winehouse didn't do much for sympathy but did draw attention to her addiction with her public apperances and popular songs like 'Rehab'. In the tragic end, they both realized defeat and ended in a tragic death.

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Macbeth is one of the only plays written by shakespeare set in Scotland. Scotland at this time is full of wide open spaces and bad weather. The witches describe the weather in part of their chants "Hover through the fog and filthy air," (Act I, Scene I, page 410).

A reacuring theme in the play is versions of reality which is represented by the witches. The witches throughout the whole play give Macbeth true, but yet also false fortunes. The witches state an unclear reality in saying "Fair is foul, and foul is fair; (410)

A symbol for the play Macbeth would be blood. For example, Lady Macbeth speaks not in the right state of mind and says, "Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One, / two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky!.../ Yet who would have thought the old / man to have had so much blood in him," (Act V, Scene I, page 440). The blood represents guilt, the guilt she has for the sins shes made by killing innocent.

Lady Macbeth advises "He that's coming / Must be provided for; and you shall put / This night's great business into my dispatch;/ Which shall to all our nights and days come / Give solely sovereign and masterdom," (Act I, Scene VII, page 417) persuading, but mostly forcing, her husband to kill Macbeth. This is very similar to the Evil Queen forcing the huntsman to kill Snow White. Both the Evil Queen and Lady Macbeth do these deeds for power by killing the innocent.

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Outlaws by Alessia Cara describes the scene where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are out to kill Duncan. "Run, run like the devil’s behinds usRun to where no one can find usBe my accomplice to my crime" relates to when Lady Macbeth joins her husband in killing duncan. Lady Macbeth gives orders in saying "He that’s coming/ Must be provided for; and you shall put/ This night’s great business into my dispatch,/ Which shall to all our nights and days to come/ Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom," (Act I, Scene VII, page 417). She describes a two part plan to kill Duncan together. This plan involves Macbeth doing the killing and Lady Macbeth setting up the servants as the murders.

This clip falls under Act I, Scene V. Lady Macbeth explains that she wants the spirits to give her strengh and to make her more man like. Thats why she says "Come, you spirits/ that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,/ And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full/ of direst cruelty!" (Act I, Scene V, page 416). Like a man would be, she wants to be ruthless especially when it comes to killing Duncan. She wants to be pure evil.


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