“How does Shakespeare present Macbeth’s deteriorating state of mind?” Shakespeare has presented Macbeth’s deteriorating state of mind by using different techniques to communicate Macbeth’s physiological feelings throughout the play. In the play, Macbeth has acquainted three witches who have held a controversy of existence. They have told Macbeth that in the near future he will […]

What is Shakespeare trying to communicate about life in this passage spoken by the character Macbeth? Shakespear is trying to communicate through Macbeth that life is hopeless and despairing. In this passage Macbeth has just previously heard about his wife’s death and is currently in deep depression. In his soliloquy he is speaking about life […]

Macbeth is currently going threw a mix of emotions feeling irrelevant, angry and hopeless. This is shown by the way he has described life and how he feels about it, “Out,out brief candle, Life’s but a walking shadow.” He is angry when explained, “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and […]

“Duncan is in his grave; After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well.” This shows how Macbeth is trying to interpret the death of Duncan with reassurance that they were not to blame and it was better for Duncan. This is indicated by him saying Duncan is in his grave sleeping well. Macbeth is trying to […]

A Paradox is when a statement or proposition is very unreasonable but when investigated it may prove to be true. “Fair is foul, foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air.” This is a paradox because fair can’t be foul and foul can’t be fair as they are two completely different things. However […]

Metaphysics is when you act like something or someone is real. It may or may not be real but normally is not. “You should be women, and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so.” This shows how Banquo has metaphorically described the witches when we do not know if their existence […]

Pathetic fallacy is when the mood in a peice of the play is interpreted by the weather and natural environment. An example is in Act 1 Scene 1, “Fair is foul, foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air.” This is an example of pathetic fallacy as this quote has shown how the […]

Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something which part/ or all of the cast does not know. For example in Macbeth “Act 1 Scene 4”, Macbeth was saying “aside” how he had to become king. “The prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, for in […]

First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself. This shows Macbeth saying that he is ment to be one of the kings most trusted men but he yet is still going kill […]

The prince of Cumberland! Who is someone who must fall down, or else I will overtake him, as he is in my way. I don’t want anyone to see my dark desires, We act civil. However the king fears what the he cannot see.