Macbeth - supernatural quotations

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  • Macbeth - supernatural quotations
    • "fair is foul and foul is fair" - The three witches
      • what seems to be good is bad, vice versa - things are not what they seem.
      • Macbeths life is about to be turned upside down.Untitled
      • Macbeth and his wife commit many "foul" deeds which are fuelled by the three witches
      • The witches at warning us of what will happen in the play.
        • Macbeth is tempted by their predictions and cannot not trust anything he hears or sees.
      • the women speak in rhythmic, chant-like lines
        • Gothic element. statement can also be seen as an antithesis.
    • "is this a dagger which I see before me,/ the handle towards my hand?"
      • The dagger may also symbolize the throne itself: Macbeth sees it, yet cannot grasp it; when the dagger is grasped so is the throne.
        • Neither brings happiness.
      • this shows the decay of Macbeths mind, is this a act of the supernatural or is his mind playing a trick on him?
        • The supernatural (the three witches) are trying to control Macbeths mind and lure him into evil. wherever the supernatural lies - evil follows
      • the use of the question mark shows how Macbeth is unsure, unsure of the prophecies, unsure of killing the king and unsure of if the dagger is real.
    • "for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth" - "bloody child"
      • one of the three apparitions from the witches
      • Macduff is the "bloody child" and can harm Macbeth. the witches trick Macbeth into believing he is invincible.
      • the three witches never wanted to succeed and to see Macbeth become king, they follow throughout being evil and encouraging it.
    • "to win us to our harm,?The instruments of darkness tell us truths"
      • Macbeth is contemplating whether or not these predictions are a good thing or bad thing
      • He seems to see it as good thing as it is bringing him joy
      • This clearly shows that his ambition his clouding his judgment and thus he believes that killing the king is a good thing
      • ‘darkness’ is a motif that is seen throughout the play representing the supernatural and our inner evil.
      • they don't tell the truth, the witches twist their words and manipulate Macbeth into doing evil deeds which leads to his own "harm"




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