Equivocation is a weapon that grants significant power over a situation to its caster by enabling them to reveal the true intentions of the victim and manipulate their action with the results depending on the intent of the equivocator. In the beginning of the play, the witches set forth the tragic actions to follow by using equivocation on Macbeth. These wicked beings manage to accomplish tempting Macbeth, drawing out his desire for kingship, engineering the death of Duncan. Firstly, the author shows this through Banquo’s caution to Macbeth for considering the plausibility of the Witches’ equivocal prophecies using tropology and rhetoric. Sensing Macbeth’s growing obsession with the prophecies, he compares the witches to “instruments of darkness [who] tell us truths/ Win us with
Naturally, humans have a tendency to strive for greatness and succumb to power, regardless of the consequences or obstacles that may lie in the way. There is no doubt that the desire for such power can result in severe calamities. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the author portrays Macbeth’s character as determined and resentful in his soliloquy in Act 3, Scene 1. Shakespeare does so through the use of metaphors, vivid imagery, and the concept of nature in order to portray the protagonist’s tragic flaw of reckless ambition. As Act 3 commences, Banquo and Macbeth discuss the accuracy of the witches’ predictions, but Banquo proceeds to show suspicion of Macbeth.
Shakespeare is known thorughout the world as a genius author. He is a master of using different devices to convey meanings beneath the surface of his plays. Henry VII is no different. In Shakespeare’s play, Henry VIII, the playwright uses allusion, tone, and figurative language to convey Wolsey’s response regarding his dismissal from the court. Shakespeare is known for metaphors and intense figurative language and this play is no different.
Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!/All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!/All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.49-51). This awakened the seed that Macbeth already had in him. It is also evident through this prophecy, though the witches did not say anything else to Macbeth, he immediately made the decision on how he would go about fulfilling
Throughout the play, Shakespeare inserted various features to make his writing more powerful. In this essay, I will be analyzing literary elements, linguistic features and structural features that are present in Act 2 Scene 1 from lines 39 to 72, Macbeth soliloquy. The main plot that happens in this soliloquy is that Macbeth is working on his plan to murder King Duncan so he could become King according to the witches’ prophecy in Act 1 Scene 1. Within this soliloquy, Shakespeare added numerous amounts of literary devices with the purpose of give a visual imagery to the
“Life ... is a tale, Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.”― William Shakespeare, Macbeth. Shakespeare wrote numerous plays in which he gave great life lessons. In one of his most known work, Macbeth- a tragedy story that follows Macbeth on his path to power, in which Shakespeare dramatizes this and shows the audience the effect on people who seek power for its own sake. In this play there are many soliloquies, Looking into 3 main soliloquies: Lady Macbeth (1.5.44-60), Macbeth (2.1.42-73) and Macbeth (5.5 .19-30). Based on the understanding and the outstanding life lessons it has in it, the best one is Macbeth (5.5 .19-30).
INTERVIEWER: Welcome back to Reinventing the Classics, I am your host Edward Caulfield. I am currently situated at the set of Oliver Hill’s new movie, The Red King. This new movie is a reiteration of acclaimed play Macbeth, which was written by Shakespeare. Oliver’s new film unveils the corrupting force of power and what someone with evil ambitions would do to achieve and hold this power. To help explain further Oliver has joined me today to help us better understand this.
If he were a king, his royalty invested him with special powers; and the difference between comedy and tragedy was always defined in this way, that comedy dealt with common people and tragedy with kings and princes: the distinction persisted till the end of the eighteenth century (51). This is the reality in the case of Macbeth. He is synonymous with the security of the kingdom. He displays this attribute through the defeat of Macdonwald the rebel on the battlefield. He no sooner achieves the feat than he allows the “double-tongues” of the witches to alter his social ranking in the society.
Thirdly, the language device, “words as character”, will be elaborated upon. Lastly, the language device, “words as conversation” with the audience, will be explained. Shakespeare was very specific, in 1603, about his choice of words when he wrote the play, “Othello”. The three language devices – “words as power”, “words as character” and “words as conversation” with the audience – are used to create characters’ identities and fates, and also to drive the plot of the play (Krieger, 2012). Powerful words are used in the world of “Othello” and can create order or chaos.
One way Shakespeare explores appearance and reality is through MacBeth's early thoughts with the witches prophecies. In an aside MacBeth says, “My thought, whose murder yet is fantastical” but then carries on to say to Banquo, “If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me without my stir.” This shows that though MacBeth is thinking about killing Duncan, it is not what he says to Banquo. The reality of his thoughts are very different to what he shows other people. In the first quote, the caesura breaks up the sentence giving it a jittery and excited feel. Whereas what he says to Banquo is calm and thought out.
Before Macbeth’s entanglement in bloody deeds, Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as rational. When he first encounters the three witches, he says, “Speak if you can. What are you?” (1.3.50). “Speak if you can” is an imperative sentence, giving direct command to the witches. On the other hand