[2015] Devyn Smith: Macbeth

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[2015] Devyn Smith: Macbeth

AMBITION"I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself And falls on the other"-Macbeth (Act 1 Scene 7, 25-28) Macbeth admits Murdering Duncan is a bit extreme and Duncan is a good king, but the Macbeth family wants to reign.


Blood symbolizes Shakespeares Macbeth because it's shown trhought the whole play, begining as early at the war Scotland is in. The blood even symbolizes their guilt when they could not wash the blood off their hands, they thought their hands were stained. "Out, dammed spot, out I say!" Lady Macbeth says, then carrying on her guilt.

This picture is showing Macduff in the end scenes beheading Macbeth. I believe that Macduff is a good man. He was no less of a man than Macbeth and he still had ambition. And he was a man of good, and killing Macbeth was a good thing after killing Macduffs family and several others. Macbeth deserves it. Hail, king! for so thou art: behold, where stands"The usurper's cursed head: the time is free:I see thee compass'd with thy kingdom's pearl,That speak my salutation in their minds;Whose voices I desire aloud with mine:Hail, King of Scotland!"

This spooky picture represents the setting of the wyrd sisters visitings. The wyrd sisters essentially determined and told Mcbeth his fate, that he just did not understand. "All hail, Macbeth! HAil to thee, Thane of Glamis!" "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!" "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!" (three witches act 1 scene 3)

I chose this picture to resemle Lady Macbeth because it really does.Macbeth got to much critisms that wasnt all him. There were many people who forced him to kill these people,and it was like the law of the land to be a manand be strong, to have ambition. Lady Macbeth was a huge influence."When you dirst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more man" (Act 1 Scene 6)

I used Coldplays Viva La Vida. The song describes when he was king, "I used to rule the world" The part that most stood out to me was when he said "It was a wickedand wild wind Blew down the doors to let me inShattered windows and the sound of drumsPeople couldn't believe what I'd becomeRevolutionaries wait For my head on a silver plateJust a puppet on a lonely string Oh who would ever want to be king?" This is very relatable to Macbeththe wicked and wild wind was relating to the witches and hisdecision to kill Duncan. People could not believe what Macbeth had became, with all his killings, he went downhill. To the pointthat everyone hated him and 'waited for his head on a silver plate'.

I chose to show the scene when Macbeth thinks he sees a floating dagger. Which symbolizes his confusion. He wasn't sure if he wanted to even kill Duncan at first, but when he walks towards his chambers, he sees this floating dagger, which is sending him mixed symbols, where he has to decide if this is his sign to kill the current Thane of Cawdor.

Modern Day ConnectionMacbeth's themes still relate to everyones everyday life. The theme of ambition, even though the ambition potrayed in Macbeth is negative, it is still an example of ambition and the proof that some people will do anything to achieve their goals. And do anything to get the things they want. The theme of greed is a big one. In Macbeth greed is obviously shown. After already being king, he gets power hungry and will do anything, kill anyone and lose everthing just for the power. Another outstanding theme that still is relevent in todays society is the constraint of ones morals. Before Macbeth met the wyrd sisters, I can guarantee that murder was not on his bucket list. But after meeting them, hearing what they have to say, then the harsh stern opinions of his wife. He dropped all of his morals to just become king. People in todays society wouldn't necessarily kill the current kng to become king. But peers often force us to drop morals. Peer pressure to do something we always felt wasn't right.

Summary of Act IV Scene 1My favorite scene was when the three witches dancing around their cauldron. "Double, Double, toil and trouble:/fire burn, and cauldron bubble." Throwing in the strangest things possible, Macbeth enters demanding to hear the truth of their prophecies. Then the first apparation appears, tealling him to beware Macduff. It disapears and the second comes, a bloody child warning Macbeth "Be bloody, bold, and resolute;/ laugh to scorn/The power of man, for none of women born/ Shall harm Macbeth." The bloody baby disapears and now comes the third. A crowned child with a tree in his hand. That tells him that he will not die until 'Great Birnam Wood' comes to Dunsunane Hill. Then Macbeth is like none of that will never happen, No one is born any other than from a womens womb. And trees cannot walk so he will be king until the end of time! Macbeth demands to hear more and the witches aren;t having it. After Macbeth continues to argue they decide to show him. The Eight Thanes walking towards, with Banquo's ghost following.


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