1.1.1 When we have mark’d with blood those sleepy two
Of his own chamber, and us’d their very daggers,
That they have done’t? (1.7.76-78, Macbeth)
1.2 Act 2
1.2.1 One cried 'God bless us!' and 'Amen' the other,
As they had seen me with these hangman's
hands. List'ning their fear, I could not say
'Amen' When they did say 'God bless us.'
126.96.36.199 Macbeth refers to his own hands as "hangman's hands", which would be covered in
blood from disembowelling victims of execution. When Lady Macbeth urges him to
wash the blood off, he realises the impossibility of washing away his guilt. His crime is
so wicked that the blood will "the multitudinous seas incarnadine, / Making the green
one red". His guilty hands will stain everything he touches with blood.
1.3 Act 3
1.3.1 Better be with the dead,
Whom we, to gain our peace,
have sent to peace (3.2.19-20,
1.4 Act 4
1.4.1 Thou art too like the spirit of Banquo. Down!
Thy crown does sear mine eyeballs.
1.5 Act 5
1.5.1 But get thee back, my soul is too much charg’d
With blood of thine already. (5.8.4-6, Macbeth)
2.1 Act 1
2.1.1 Your children
shall be kings.
2.2 Act 3
2.2.1 To make them kings, the
seed of Banquo kings!
188.8.131.52 -Repitition of 'kings' = resentment, -Macbeth's jealous remarks are often
shorter than his guilty discourse. The length of his speech for each emotion
implies his brashness in making decisions, this gives reason for the audience
to suspect Macbeth's decision-making skills to be tinged with jealousy
because of them being made quickly. -Highlights the irony of his ambition to
be king as he cannot make thorough decisions. -The potential effect on the
audience is their expectance of Macbeth's downfall. Although written as a
tragedy, the tragic hero's downfall is enivitable due to the protagonist's own
dimise, this has a gothic element very similar to other gothic literature. For
instance in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the doctor Frankenstein brings
about his own path of destruction when following head on in his pursuit of
knowledge of the unknown (life and death). Both the consequence's of the
protagonists illustrate the disturbances that occur when not confroming to the
184.108.40.206.1 One of Shakespeare's reasons for writing
the play was to illustrate the terrible
consequences of murdering a king. The
play was first performed in 1605, the year
of the Gunpowder Plot, and this theme
would be very politically acceptable to an
audience composed of members of
James I's court. Shakespeare shows the
murderers of a king tormented by their
own guilt and driven to their doom.
220.127.116.11.1.1 Shakespeare playing with the idea of
conformity? = Gothic genre is scandalous
due to exploring the fragility of socially accepted
2.3 Act 4
2.3.1 Shall Banquo’s issue ever
Reign in this kingdom
2.4 Act 5
2.4.1 Why should I play the Roman fool, and die
On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the
gashes Do better upon them. (5.8.1-3,
2.5 Having a high position and
being able to contiue that on
down your blood line.
3.1 Act 1
3.1.1 Thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition
(1.5.18-19, Lady Macbeth)
3.2 Act 2
3.2.1 ‘Gainst nature still: Thriftless Ambition,
that will ravin up Thine own life’s means!
3.3 Act 3
3.3.1 I will to-morrow (And betimes I will) to the Weird
Sisters: More shall they speak; for now I am bent
to know, By the worst means, the worst.
3.4 Act 4
3.4.1 Come, go we to the King: our
power is ready; Our lack is
nothing but our leave.
Macbeth Is ripe for shaking
3.5 Act 5
3.5.1 I’ll fight, till from
my bones my
flesh be hack’d.
18.104.22.168 - Gory imagery -False courage
-Links back to the beginning
when we are told of Macbeth's
violent nature during warfare.