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MACBETH - NATURAL ORDER
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If you go against the natural order (because of corrupted ambition), there will be serious consequences.
What is Shakespeare's purpose in writing this play?
Pathetic fallacy, trochaic tetrameter, paradox - all create a mood of anxiety as they enhance the fear as the supernatural is a direct affront to the natural order.
Explain how the first scene immediately challenges the natural order, and name 3 techniques used.
'But all's too weak for brave Macbeth''
O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman'
The audience think Macbeth will defeat witches
How does Macbeth's bravery in Act 1 sc 2 help restore the audience's faith in the natural order?
'So foul and fair a day i have not yet seen' - echoes what the witches say - audience may think Macbeth is connected to them
What are Macbeth's 1st words, and how do they destroy the audience's hope in Macbeth?
'Instruments of darkness win us with honest trifles to betray's in deepest consequence'
'So i lose none and keep my allegiance clear.'
What 2 quotes tell us that Banquo will try to maintain the natural order?
"Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, Unsex me here".
"Take my milk for gall. Come, thick night"
'Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under't'
'I would have dashed its brains out, had I so sworn as you have'
What 4 quotes tell us that Lady Macbeth is seeking to disrupt the natural order in Act 1 Sc 5?
"We shall proceed no further in this business" - (also, 'We that teach bloody instructions return to plague the inventor')
He sees the dagger, with its handle pointed towards him
What does Macbeth say that gives us hope the natural order may be maintained, and what does he see that provides the excuse to continue?
Macbeths - disingenuous - LM faints, M is OTT (poetic)
Macduff - epizeuxis (horror, horror, horror).
Banquo - 'What, in our house - Too cruel anywhere'
What is the contrast between the reactions of the Macbeths compared to Banquo and Macduff?
Dear Duff - shows that there is another moral frame of reference.
How do we know that Banquo and Macduff are friends and how does this help the audience in terms of the theme: natural order?
'Goes Fleance with you?' - Macbeth is going to kill a child, and the son of his best friend - morally corrupt and against societal norms
What does Macbeth say to Banquo that is very sinister, and how does it relate to the natural order?
1. 'Out damned spot, out I say' vs 'A little water clears us of this deed'
2. Always needs the light vs 'come thick night'
What 2 things happen to Lady Macbeth that suggest that going against the natural order has consequences?
For mine own good
All causes shall give way. I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er.
What does Macbeth say that suggests he isn't going to stop killing ?
'Sleep - you lack the seasons of all natures.'
Macbeth is going to see the witches again.
What does Lady Macbeth say to Macbeth that tells us she no longer recognises him - and what does he say he's going to do after seeing Banquo's ghost?
Loyal - refuses to be tempted by Malcolm's tests
Natural reaction to deaths of his family - O hell kite! All my little ones'
Wants revenge - and avenges Scotland by killing Macbeth
How is Macduff a symbol of the natural order?
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