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Macbeth: Key concepts (INTERMEDIATE)
10 key concepts for success
Terms in this set (10)
Heresy (heretical = adjective)
A belief that goes against the ideas of the church and God.
e.g. Lady Macbeth calls on heretical and evil spirits to make her cruel and determined.
Patriarchal (patriarchy = abstract noun)
A society ruled by men and based upon a conception of women as subservient to men.
e.g. Jacobean society was patriarchal.
The opposite of the perfect version.
e.g. Lady Macbeth is a non-ideal Jacobean woman.
The quality of being fake or superficial. Without true authority.
e.g. Macbeth's reputation as a brave and masculine hero at the beginning of the play is artificial.
Maternal (maternality = abstract noun)
The quality of being mother-like.
e.g. Lady macduff is a maternal figure.
A set of attributes or behaviours associated with men or boys.
e.g. Lady Macbeth questions the masculinity of her husband.
Corrupt (corruption = abstract noun)
To damage or destroy something.
e.g. Macbeth's psyche is corrupted.
Deceive (deceptive = adjective; deception = abstract noun)
To trick or to lie.
e.g. Lady Macbeth deceives King Duncan into believing that she is a loyal subject.
A psychological state in which a person is troubled by extreme fears and anxieties.
e.g. Lady Macbeth's descent into madness is caused by paranoia.
The return to the rightful state of society where there is peace and security.
e.g. Macbeth's death restores the natural order in Scotland.
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