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Critical analysis of Macbeth, giving detailed reference to character, language and plot

Contrast

There are contrasts evident throughout Macbeth

Themes

Ambition

Masculinity

Fate and free will

Disruption of nature

Nature of the ideal King

Discussed in the first act

Language

The fact that both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth frequently invoke darkness, always linked to the forces of evil and disorder, prepares the audience for the disorder to come: "Stars, hide your fires"; "Come thick night" etc. Darkness allows evil to flourish.

Treating the play as a dramatic poem, we need to look at how words are affected by rythym. The plot, character and recurrent themes all work together to determine the readers reaction at any one point.

Rhyming couplets often used in self-righteous passages that give advice or point to a moral

references backwardsa and forwards

Shakespeare uses rhyme and meter for two reasons

tension of the language used by Lady Macbeth during her famous sleepwalking scene (V,i)

To achieve a level 3 must demonstrate knowledge of

how language, style and structure is used to convey meaning

Knights (1979)

Believes that there is too much importance given to analysing the characters and plot in Macbeth. That it is a dramatic poem that should be experienced as a whole, to see Shakespeare plays as an extended metaphor, with 'characters' being poetic symbols, not humans.

References

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/macbeth/critical-essays/major-themes.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/higher/english/macbeth/themes/revision/2/

http://www.rsc.org.uk/explore/macbeth/teachers-resources/themes.aspx

http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pdf/teachersguides/macbeth.pdf