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Act 4 Favourites
March 18, 2010, 2:00 am
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Cite your favourite image or lines from Act IV and Act V of Macbeth and explain why you liked them so much.

Copy this into your own blog and respond there in two separate posts.

For Act 4, my favourite quote is :

Macduff, this noble passion,
Child of integrity, hath from my soul
Wiped the black scruples, reconciled my thoughts
To thy good truth and honour. Devilish Macbeth
By many of these trains hath sought to win me
Into his power; And modest wisdom plucks me
From over credulous haste: but God above
Deal between thee and me! for even now
I put myself to thy direction, and
Unspeak mine own detraction; here abjure
The taints and blames I laid upon myself,
For strangers to my nature. I am yet
Unknown to woman; never was forsworn;
Scarcely have coveted what was mine own,
At no time broke my faith, would not betray
The devil to his fellow, and delight
No less in truth, than life: my first false speaking
Was this upon myself: what I am truly,
Is thine and my poor country’s to command:
Whither indeed, before thy here-approach,
Old Siward, with ten thousand warlike men,
Already at a point, was setting forth.
Now we’ll together and the chance of goodness
Be like our warranted quarrel! Why are you silent?
(Act 4, Scene 3, Line 129-152)

The speaker of the quote is Malcolm and he’s speaking to Macduff about the notorious reputation that Macbeth has and trying to talk bad about himself. Malcolm, one of Duncan’s son, is one of the brighter ones in the story, unlike Duncan and other characters in the play they’re easily manipulated and see through. Malcolm talks bag things about Macbeth in order to get Macduff the lead the army so they can fight Macbeth.

The way Malcolm try to manipulate Macduff in order for him to help fight Macbeth, is very smart. It shows that Malcolm is a very observant person, because he can take the weak points of Macduff. Furthermore, this shows that loyalty that Malcolm has for the country. Even though, he might not get the crown, but he found the best people to help him create a better empire after they defeat Macbeth in the battle. He sacrificed so much for his own country, and this is one of reason why I think that Malcolm should have been the king in the beginning.

Malcolm is one of the gentleman of the gentleman in the story. He’s more of the good character rather than bad character, compare to Macbeth. He knows what to do things and at the right time. Furthermore, he’s one of the loyal and brightest one in the whole play. This is why he’s my favourite character in this whole play. He shows the purity in the society, because in this scene, it is the first time he has ever lied, but it was for good cause, so this shows that Malcolm is a decent man.

This scene reveals a lot of Malcolm and Macduff’s character, which we have never seen in the play before.


Act 5 Favourite
March 18, 2010, 12:12 am
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Cite your favourite image or lines from Act IV and Act V of Macbeth and explain why you liked them so much.

Copy this into your own blog and respond there in two separate posts.

In Act 5, my favourite quote is :

I have almost forgot the taste of fears.
The time has been my sense would have cooled
To hear a night-shriek and my fell of hair
Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir
As life were in’t. I have supped full with horrors
Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts
Cannot once start me.

She should have died hereafter.
There would have been a time for such a word.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fur,
Signifying nothing
(Act V, Scene V, Line 9-28)

This quote is spoke by Macbeth, when Seyton announced the death of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth is starting to realize what he have done cannot no longer be fixed.

In the quote, Macbeth seems cold towards the death of his wife, which shows the change of relationship that the two have. This can be compared to the beginning of the play where the two were an understanding couple, however, Macbeth does not seem to be affected by the death. The relationship between the two become very far apart, after the death of Duncan. Also, we can see that Macbeth is “man-ed up” compare to when Lady Macbeth told him about the plan to kill Duncan.

Macbeth knows that after all the things he did, there’s no turning back and that he know he has done wrong. In the first part of the quote, he explains that he have forgotten the fear of killing; this shows that Macbeth have become very numb to killing and that it does not feel guilt or ashame of what he did. He also says that he is become the fear of others, instead of him fearing the others.  It shows that he’s very powerful as a king now, to manipulate the citizens’ mind to make them scared of him.

In the second part of the quote, Macbeth talks about life as a whole. He’s saying that the days is creeping along until we die and that everyday this happens, it makes us closer to death. This foreshadows the death of Macbeth and that he’s prepared to die. Macbeth also says that life is like an actor who performs briefly, and his career is over. This part shows that Macbeth developed to a more matured person and that he actually understands the meaning of life, in his own pessimistic way. He also says that, life is an noisy story, and it was told by an insane person which has no meaning. He becomes very pessimistic and says that life is meaningless. This shows that he’s going to give up on this crown because he realizes what he’s done wrong.

The reason why I like this quote is because it is very realistic and close to ourselves. Macbeth explains the meaning of life and it can be argued that his theory is somewhat right. Also, the tone of the quote is very bittersweet because Macbeth witness the death of his wife, however, he finds his heart back and feels guilty about all the things he have done.

Act 3 Favourites
March 4, 2010, 1:08 pm
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Nought’s had, all’s spent.
Where our desire is got without content:
‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy
Than, by destruction, dwell in doubtful joy.

This quote is located in Act 3 Scene 2, where Lady Macbeth talks to Macbeth about the guiltiness that she felt after killing Duncan. In this quote, it shows the feminine side of Lady Macbeth, which Lady Macbeth doesn’t seem to show when they are killing Duncan. This show the change of character in the story

citizen’s responsibility
February 2, 2010, 10:33 am
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Are a citizen’s first responsibilities to family, political leader, or country?  Explain. Would assassination or civil war ever be a justifiable response to tyranny?  What would you do if the leader of your country became a vicious tyrant?

In my own opinion, I think a citizen’s first responsibilities is to their country.

This is because people should be loyal to their country because the country provides job, food and housing for them and it is usually their hometown. Even if there’s any disagreement between the citizen and the country themselves, I don’t think they should betray their own country or anything.

Assassination or civil war would be a justifiable response to tyranny, because many would disagree to tyranny and causing them to start or up rise a civil war. If the leader of my country become a vicious tyrant, I would flee from the country and go to other places to live, as soon I realize the leader is tyrant. Because vicious tyrants often leads to uproar in country which cause chaos in the country and many problems.

striking image act 2
January 29, 2010, 10:42 am
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Explain in your view, what is the most striking image or line from Act II of Shakespeare’s Macbeth? Please copy this post into your own blog and respond there.

My favourite line from Macbeth in Act 2 is

Ah, good father, 
Thou see'st, the heavens, as troubled with man's act,
Threaten his bloody stage:by the clock, 'tis day, 
And yet dark night strangles the traveling tamp: 
is't night's predominance, or the day's shame, 
that darkness does the face of earth entomb,
When living light should kiss it?" (II, IV, 7-10)

The quote describes about the eclipse that they’re seeing, on that night. Ross speaks of the scenery so beautifully yet so evil. He uses the words strangles, entomb, dark  and darkness, in this quote shows the evilness  in the eclipse. Back in the Elizabethan’s time, eclipse is not an ordinary thing, which causes people to become curious about the scenery. Shakespeare explain the eclipse in a beautiful manner, which grasp the reader’s attention to imagine the sight the two men speaks about.

striking image act 1
January 21, 2010, 6:10 am
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Explain in your view, what is the most striking image or line from act 1 of Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

One of the most striking line from Act 1 of Macbeth is “look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it.” This quote is said by Lady Macbeth when she was trying to persuade Macbeth to kill the King. This phrase is very striking to me because it show how evil and malicious a person can be when it comes to getting something they want. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to fake his true desires in front of the King but to kill him, so in the end, he’ll be the king. One could see that Lady Macbeth can easy manipulate Macbeth’s feelings and his desires, because they know each other too well. Also, one of the main theme that was used in the former novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, is how women can manipulate men without letting realizing it. In this case, Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth shamelessly to make him kill the king, so then she will become the queen.

This quote is somewhat striking because many people do this in order to get what they want. Hiding the true desires, can make them seem innocent and harmless, but in reality they can be very scary and evil. This quote also touches on the theme of the play, illusion and reality.