How does Shakespeare present Macbeth’s deteriorating state of mind?


She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
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 fury,
Signifying nothing.

Shakespeare is explaining that Macbeth is realizing that everything he did was useless because he had to kill his best friend to become king, and also he had Macbeth pushing him in a way that she though was right. But now lady Macbeth is dead he thinks there is nothing to live for because also outside “his” castle there is ten thousand men disguised as Birham wood led by Malcolm and Macduff.”Creeps in this petty pace from day to day” Here Shakespeare  meant there is a predator  after Macbeth that comes day after day with a petty pace, and also he made a personification of time being a predator coming after Macbeth . Also Shakespeare removes the iambic pentameter from Macbeth’s speech which describes his state of mind. Previously Shakespeare  also let the reader (us) know  in some form of way that Macbeth’s mind was already deteriorating, e.g. when  Macbeth  sow a dagger appear in front of him with blood on it indicating that he had to kill his best friend for power. Also when he killed his best friend and he was still in the room and knocks where heard at the door and he though he wished that does knocks would wake him up. Shakespeare is trying to  make the reader (us) to imagine using figurative language how Macbeth mind is right now, he doesn’t feel in place without Lady Macbeth, he thinks that living makes no sense now and he is thinking about everything he did just to become king.



Macbeth: Is this a Dagger?

A metaphor used in Mecbeth’s Act 2 Scene 1 is “a dagger of the mind is a false creation from his mind. This gives us an idea of what Macbeth is thinking and of what he is going to be doing. He know himself that he will be killing Duncan but he doesn’t know how,when or where. We can see that Meecbeth even being a noble person doesn’t want want to kill Duncan and he feels disgusted by that idea.Shakespeare compares the actual dagger to the pain of the dagger to the mind meaning the thought of a dagger of worse than actually weilding the dagger.

Macbeth’s Deep and Dark Desires

Macbeth is a power hungry person .( That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap,For in my way it lies) here he Macbeth talking “describing” how he wants to kill the king. But when he says “stars hide your fires let not light see my black and deep desires” he indicates the stars as referring  to God. “My black deep desires” means that he doesn’t want anyone to know what he is planning .(The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be, which the eye fears, when it is done, to see) He is ashamed and can’t make himself belief what he will be doing.

Differing views of Macbeth and Banquo

Macbeths views are  that he is interested and wants to know more “would they had stayed”. Once he  learned that he is actually the Thane of Cawdor, his interest turns to  belief that this may well be true and that he will be king, this makes him  question whether he will have to think something involving “killing the king” to take the throne or as he became the thane of Cawdor maybe this is something that will just happen “if chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir”. Banquo has the view that this is not something that is important or that should be believed and it is not true what they are hearing, but rather it is the devil “witches”  seeking to influence them “the instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, the betray us in deepest consequence”. 

Macbeth writing

With this phrase, Shakespeare makes a relation between the battle of Macdowald and King Duncan’s men, to a pair of struggling swimmers. What he is trying to do is to put the image of battle into the crowds mind. However he used the word ~cling~ to make the audience thing that the characters are miserable and desperate which has an irony to it because the two sides of  soldiers are battling against each other .

Descriptive writing

It was a cold night of winter, and it was very dark and rainy  it felt like a cinema but with rain in it but with no big screen, the cold felt like I was naked with no clothes on. The cars where moving fast like little children running around their noises were pleasant and unpleasant at times. I could see tons of people moving around like little dots controlled by a puppet master. I was observing how people were behaving, some people were happy and some normal , it felt like they were trying to transmit their emotions to me. All the shops on the line the odor of the foods that where impressed in my mind gave me a feeling of tastyness that made me fell like i was tasting them without eating them. It looked like it was a big event with all the shops and all the people around but that day was  christmas eve , and i really felt deep in my heart that it was becoming warmer. I didn’t need eyes or ears to see or watch from the smell of the air that was giving good vibes and good smells that made you fell like you were really in a good enviroment.




summary chapter 19

Pip’s outlook is brighter the next morning, though he fears his prospects will change before the week is over. Joe and Biddy only refer to his leaving when he mentions it. Pip feels liberated when Joe burns his indentures. He feels superior to everyone and pities the drudgery of their lives that only death will relieve them from. He thinks of his association with the convict in the past and avoids the shame of it by remembering it was a long time ago, and the convict was probably dead by now.He wonders if Miss Havisham is grooming him for Estella. He falls asleep out in the marshes. When he awakes, he finds Joe smoking his pipe besides him. Pip assures Joe he won’t forget him. He is rather annoyed by Joe’s lack of emotion. He tells Joe he always wanted to be a gentleman. He expresses regret that Joe hadn’t made much progress in his lessons. Joe admits he is dull and only good at his trade.Pip wants to help Joe once he is in control of his property. He is sorry, though, that Joe wouldn’t have the proper manners for his rise in station. He asks Biddy’s help in improving Joe’s manners. Biddy tells Pip that Joe is proud, and he would not be willing to be taken out of a station where he knows he is well suited. Pip accuses her of being envious. Biddy promises to fulfill her present duties and to keep a good opinion of Pip irregardless of how he feels about her. However, she tells him he shouldn’t be so unjust, particularly when he becomes a gentleman. Pip is upset, and his spirits remained dampened for the rest of the day.The next day, Pip is once again in good spirits and reconciles with Biddy. He goes to the tailor. Pip tells Mr. Trabb that he has come into property and needs new clothes befitting his new circumstances. Mr. Trabb’s attitude changes with this news, and he becomes deferential to Pip. He asks Pip to refer people to him. Pip goes to the other tradesmen to get what he needs, and their attitudes change as abruptly as the tailor’s had.Mr. Pumblechook has been looking for him after hearing the news. He is pleased that he is probably responsible for it happening by introducing Pip to Miss Havisham. Pip warns him they aren’t to mention that. They dine and drink. Pumblechook gets drunk.Pumblechook reminisces about them being closer than they were in Pip’s childhood, but Pip’s attitude towards him has thawed. Pumblechook is pleased that Pip wants his clothes sent to him, and he is glad Pip doesn’t want to show them off to other people—for it makes the privilege greater.


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