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Characters throughout the play continually use the idea of manhood to goad one another into action; most significantly, Lady Macbeth emasculates her husband repeatedly, knowing that, in his desperation to prove his manhood, he will perform the acts she wishes him to perform. Characterize the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In 4,1, three apparitions visit the witches and Macbeth. How might it have been written to seek favor with the new king's King James's court? How do various characters use them to achieve their own ends? Act One tells us much about the kingdom under Duncan. What do they tell us about the themes of the overall play? Is this a good world to bring forth children in? Preview Unable to display preview. If the main theme of Macbeth is ambition, whose ambition is the driving force of the play--Macbeth's, Lady Macbeth's, or both?
What is the image of womanhood presented by them? Why might Shakespeare use children in this way?
What is a good noblewoman like in this world? Curiously, children are often invoked in Macbeth during moments of extreme violence and darkness Macduff's son is murdered, Fleance is nearly murdered, Macbeth hears a prophecy from a bloody child, and Lady Macbeth goads her husband with violent imagery about murdering her own children.
It is rarely tied to ideals of intelligence or moral fortitude; even characters who embody these traits use the idea of manhood largely to justify violence as Malcolm does when goading Macduff to seek revenge upon Macbeth. What does she need to be like to do this?
When Macduff meets Malcolm in England, Malcolm pretends that he would make an even worse king than Macbeth, in order to test Macduff's loyalty to Scotland. What do their forms of death symbolize? Why does it begin with the 3 witches alone on stage? What is their thematic significance? What are the major events of this act? Does the play make any larger claim about the relations of parents and children or of fathers and sons? In 1,7, Macbeth suggests to his wife to "bring forth men-children only" because she is so fierce. How does this theme reflect upon the actions of the Macbeths? What makes Macbeth a tyrant? What does each represent? How are we as audience implicated in this plot? Macbeth commits the act, but without his wife's powerful presence behind him, it is unlikely that he would have aspired or stooped to the murder. What is his reign like, other than brief?
To put it another way, what kind of world is it when trees can just get up and walk around? Is this a good world to bring forth children in?
How might it have been written to seek favor with the new king's King James's court? What makes Macbeth a tyrant?
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