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Assignment 1

813 words - 4 pages

Title: Macbeth Analysis

Instructor: Erin Schwartz
English 125 Introduction to literature
Amanda Manley
11/25/2013

Macbeth Analysis

The poem that I have selected is Macbeth written by William Shakespeare. I will identify three elements in this poem that I found very engaging/interesting. I will give insight on how these elements affected my personal opinion on this poem. Analyzing how these elements affected my response in its entirety will be the vocal point of my paper. Macbeth is a tragedy and is considered one of Shakespeare’s most powerful poems.
Shakespeare introduces Macbeth as a strong, power wanting, and noble fighter. Macbeth talks to the witches in the start of Act 1 ...view middle of the document...

The characters do not speak directly to the audience but often give soliloquies. Through the dialogues of the characters, Shakespeare’s ideas of fate and free will can be seen. Focus generally follows Macbeth and sometimes other characters that affect Macbeth like the witches. The witches occasionally enter the play as means of foreshadow. Macbeth is organized into 5 acts. Each act contains several scenes. The play starts with a prologue scene given by three witches who occasionally appear between major scenes to foreshadow or comment on events. Shakespeare has some offstage action in several points in the story. He uses offstage action for Duncan’s murder and Lady Macbeth’s death. The single plot is chronological and easy to follow. There are no flashbacks but there are some dream scenes for example, Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking. The attention is generally paid to Macbeth as the focus follows him through the play.
The language was used very well in this play. The use of words and sounds created a strong impact on me. The use of metaphors and antithesis are common to Shakespeare’s language. The antithesis creates in this scene an underlining of the courage of Lady Macbeth that increases when she tells herself “what had quenched them hath given me fire” (Clugston, 2010). This is Lady Macbeth exposing the chamberlain’s drugged by her drink. Symbolism affected me through all the blood presented, guilt, and murder. I was very upset that Macbeth let the witches and Lady...

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