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Killed Duncan In Macbeth

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The play begins with the brief appearance of a trio of witches and then moves to a military camp, where Scottish King Duncan hears news that his generals, Macbeth and Banquo, have defeated two separate invading armiesone, from Ireland, led by rebel Macdonwald, and one from Norway. Following their pitched battle with these enemy forces, Macbeth and Banquo encounter witches as they cross the moor. Witches prophesy that Macbeth will be Make Thane Of Cawdor and eventually King Of Scotland. They also prophesy that Macbeth's companion, Banquo, will beget line of Scottish kings, although Banquo will never be King himself. Witches vanish, and Macbeth and Banquo treat their prophecies skeptically until some of King Duncan's men come to thank two generals for their victories in Battle and to tell Macbeth that he has indeed been named Thane Of Cawdor. Previous Thane betrayed Scotland by fighting for Norwegians and Duncan has condemned him to death. Macbeth is intrigued by the possibility that remainder of witches ' prophecythat he would be crown kingmight be true, but he is uncertain what to expect. He visits King Duncan, and they plan to dine together at Inverness, Macbeths Castle, that night. Macbeth wrote ahead to her wife, Lady Macbeth, telling her all that had happen. Lady Macbeth suffers none of her husbands ' uncertainty. She desire kingship for him and wants him to murder Duncan in order to obtain it. When Macbeth arrives at Inverness, she overrides all of her husband's objections and persuades him to kill the King that very night. He and Lady Macbeth plan to get Duncan two chamberlains drunk so they will black out; next morning they will blame murder on the chamberlains, who will be defenseless, as they will remember nothing. While Duncan is asleep, Macbeth stabs him, despite his doubts and a number of supernatural portents, including the vision of a bloody dagger. When Duncan's death is discovered the next morning, Macbeth kills chamberlainsostensibly out of rage at their crimeand easily assumes kingship. Duncan's sons Malcolm and Donalbain flee to England and Ireland, respectively, fearing that whoever kills Duncan desires their demise as well. Fearful of the witches ' prophecy that Banquo's heirs will seize the throne, Macbeth hires a group of murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. They ambush Banquo on his way to the royal feast, but they fail to kill Fleance, who escapes into the night. Macbeth becomes furious: as long as Fleance is alive, he fears that his power will remain insecure. At feast that night, Banquo ghost visits Macbeth. When he sees a ghost, Macbeth raves fearfully, startling his guests, who include most of the Great Scottish nobility. Lady Macbeth tries to neutralize damage, but Macbeth's kingship incites increasing resistance from his nobles and subjects. Frighten, Macbeth go to visit witches in their cavern.

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Summary: Act 2, scene 3

Porter stumbles through the hallway to answer knocking, grumbling comically about noise and mocking whoever is on the other side of the door. He compares himself to a porter at the gates of Hell and asks, Whos There, I name of Beelzebub?. Macduff and Lennox enter, and Macduff complains about porters ' slow response to his knock. Porter says that he was up late carousing and rambles on humorously about the effects of alcohol, which he says provokes red noses, sleepiness, and urination. He added that drink also provokes and unprovokes lecheryit. Inclines one to be lustful but takes away the ability to have sex. Macbeth enters, and Macduff asks him if the King is awake, saying that Duncan asked to see him early that morning. In short, clipped sentences, Macbeth says that Duncan is still asleep. He offered to take Macduff to the King. As Macduff enters kings chamber, Lennox describes storms that ragged the previous night, asserting that he cannot remember anything like it in all his years. With cry of O horror, horror, horror! Macduff comes running from the room, shouting that the King has been murder. Macbeth and Lennox rush in to look, while Lady Macbeth appears and expresses her horror that such a deed could be done under her roof. General chaos ensues as other nobles and their servants come streaming in. As Macbeth and Lennox emerge from the bedroom, Malcolm and Donalbain arrive on scene. They are told that their father has been kill, most likely by his chamberlains, who were found with bloody daggers. Macbeth declares that in his rage he has killed chamberlains. Macduff seems suspicious of these new deaths, which Macbeth explains by saying that his fury at Duncan's death was so powerful that he could not restrain himself. Lady Macbeth suddenly faints, and both Macduff and Banquo call for someone to attend to her. Malcolm and Donalbain whisper to each other that they are not safe, since whoever kills their father will probably try to kill them next. Lady Macbeth is taken away, while Banquo and Macbeth rally lords to meet and discuss murder. Duncan's sons resolved to flee court. Malcolm declares that he will go south to England, and Donalbain will hasten to Ireland.

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Analysis: Act 2, scenes 3-4

Although Macbeth seems to gain confidence as Act 2, scene 3, progresses, other characters subtly cast suspicion on him. When Malcolm asks about his father's killer, Lennox replies, those of his room, as it seem, had donet. Lennoxs insertion of as it seems, highlights the suspect nature of crime scenes appearance. Banquo, also, expressed his wariness of Macbeth's argument that chamberlains were murderers. He say: let us meet / and question this most bloody piece of work, / To know it further. By far, though, most distrusting character is Macduff, who, up until this point in play, has been a fairly unobtrusive character. He asks Macbeth why he kills chamberlains, and later expresses his suspicion to Ross and the old man. His decision to return home to Fife rather than travel to Scone to see Macbeth's coronation is an open display of opposition. Thus, in a few swift strokes, play establishes Macduff as Macbeth's eventual nemesis. Malcolm, of course, is rightful King, but he lacks McDonald's initiative and sense of purpose, fact illustrated by his willingness to flee rather than assert his royal rights. In order to regain the throne, he will need the aid of more assertive Macduffand it is Macduff, not Malcolm, who assumes responsibility for Macbeth's death. A Conversation between Ross and an old man at the beginning of Act 2, scene 4, tells the audience about a number of unnatural occurrences in the weather and the behavior of animals, which cast a menacing shadow over Macbeths ascension to the throne. In Shakespeare tragedies, terrible supernatural occurrences often betoken wicked behavior on the part of characters and tragic consequences for the state. Storms that accompany witches ' appearances and Duncan's murder are more than mere atmospheric disturbances; they are symbols of connection between moral, natural, and political developments in the universe of Shakespeare plays. By killing Duncan, Macbeth unleashes a kind of primal chaos upon the realm of Scotland, in which the old order of benevolent King and loyal subjects is replaced by a darker relationship between the tyrant and his victims.

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By Daniel Swift

Here is a list of practice plans and notes that students have completed for a range of essays on Macbeth. Some focus on ideas, and others on structuring. To get the best out of your plans, you should try to keep a balance between both of these. Always plan thesis before writing. This is your main argument, main answer to the question that comes in the intro of your essay. The rest of the essay should then explore and argue this thesis. This page is itable for students aged 14 - 18, particularly those studying the following exam boards: CIE / Cambridge, AQA, OCR, WJEC / Eduqas, CCEA, Edexcel. Thanks for reading! If you find this page useful, you can take a look at our full Macbeth course here: https: / scrbbly.

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Act II

Macbeth returns to his castle, followed almost immediately by King Duncan. Macbeth plot together to kill Duncan and wait until everyone is asleep. At appointed time, Lady Macbeth gives guards drug wine so Macbeth can enter and kill the King. He regretted this almost immediately, but his wife reassured him. She leaves bloody daggers by dead King just before Macduff, nobleman, arrives. When Macduff discovers the murder, Macbeth kills drunken guards in a show of rage and retribution. Duncan's sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, flee, fearing for their own lives; but they are, nevertheless, blame for the murder.

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Act IV

Witches are vaguely absurd figures, with their rhymes and beards and capering, but they are also clearly sinister, possessing a great deal of power over events. Are they simply independent agents playing mischievously and cruelly with human events? Or are weird sisters agents of fate, betokening inevitable? The word weird descends etymologically from the Anglo - Saxon word wyrd, which means fate or doom, and three witches bear striking resemblance to Fates, female characters in both Norse and Greek mythology. Perhaps their prophecies are constructed to wreak havoc in the minds of hearers, so that they become self - fulfilling. It is doubtful, for instance, that Macbeth would have killed Duncan if not for his meeting with witches. On the other hand, sisters ' prophecies may be accurate readings of the future. After all, when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane at the end, soldiers bearing branches have not heard of prophecy. Whatever the nature of witches ' prophecies, their sheer inscrutability is as important as any reading of their motivations and nature. Witches stand outside the limits of human comprehension. They seem to represent part of human beings in which ambition and sin originatean from an incomprehensible and unconscious part of the human psyche. In this sense, they almost seem to belong to the Christian framework, as supernatural embodiments of the Christian concept of original sin. Indeed, many critics have argued that Macbeth, remarkably simple story of temptation, fall, and retribution, is the most explicitly Christian of Shakespeare's great tragedies. If so, however, it is dark Christianity, one more concerned with bloody consequences of sin than with grace or divine love. Perhaps it would be better to say that Macbeth is the most orderly and just of tragedies, insofar as evil deeds lead first to psychological torment and then to destruction. The Nihilism of King Lear, in which the very idea of divine justice seems laughable, is absent in Macbeth. Divine justice, whether Christian or not, is a palpable force hounding Macbeth toward his inevitable end.


Summary: Act 4, scene 1

In dark cavern, bubbling cauldron hisses and spits, and three witches suddenly appear onstage. They circled cauldron, chanting spells and adding bizarre ingredients to their steweye of newt and toe of frog, / wool of bat and tongue of dog. Hecate materializes and compliments witches on their work. One of the witches then chants: by pricking of my thumbs, / Something wicked this way come. In fulfillment of Witchs prediction, Macbeth enters. He asks witches to reveal the truth of their prophecies to him. To answer his questions, they summon horrible apparitions, each of which offer predictions to allay Macbeth's fears. First, floating head warns him to beware of Macduff; Macbeth says that he has already guessed as much. Then a bloody child appears and tells him that none of the women born / shall harm Macbeth. Next, crowned child holding a tree tells him that he is safe until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane Hill. Finally, procession of eight crowned kings walks by, last carrying a mirror. A Banquo ghost walks at the end of line. Macbeth demands to know the meaning of this final vision, but the witches perform a mad dance and then vanish. Lennox enters and tells Macbeth that Macduff has fled to England. Macbeth resolves to send murderers to capture Macduffs castle and to kill Macduffs wife and children.

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