Jan. 30th, 2009
Literature – Macbeth
Macbeth, Act V Questions pg. 303
8. (a) Macbeth remains confident of surviving the battle withMalcolm’s army despite his own troops’ desertion because he knows he cannot be defeated “Till Birnam Wood removes to Dunsinane” and a man "not of woman born" kills him. Scene iii, lines 1-8. (b) Judging bythe way Macbeth behaves in Scene iii, his state of mind is hardened by his new found life as a criminal and avoiding of all proper emotion and compassion, focusing on his own evilness blinded by thereality of his downfall.
10. Macbeth said, “She should have died hereafter” upon learning of the death of Lady Macbeth because very deep inside of him he knows the remorse his wife was suffering,knowing she started he whole thing, she manipulated him and without that Macbeth wouldn’t have turned the way he actually plays on his downfall.
11. Macbeth, mad and murderous though he is, showscertain admirable traits to the very end. Some of his better traits are courage, bravery and at the end his acceptance to fate, the witches predictions. He was persistent on what he believed(fate-witches) till the end.
1. The tragic flaw in Macbeth’s character is a pitiable man. His saving compassion that he did not initially want to kill Duncan. Later, he changedhis mind after listening to his wife. Also, Macbeth internally suffered because he could not enjoy his status as the new king. Fear, paranoia, exhaustion and sleeplessness haunted him.
2. Thetheme of Macbeth as a universal truth, not restricted to Macbeth’s tragic flaw is fate which is actually related to the witches. Recalling line 10 of Act I scene I, they three witches declare “Fair isfoul, and foul is fair.” Macbeth actually believes that the witches are fair but actually their intentions are foul because they are the ones who “wrote” this whole conflict and drama. Everything that...