Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Lying Witches and the Downfall of Shakespeares Macbeth :: GCSE English Literature Coursework

Lying Witches and the Downfall of Macbeth      Ã‚   A false statement or a statement intended to deceive someone is known as a lie.   Of course, there are many different types of lies. There are those blatant lies that have no truth in them whatsoever, lies of omission, and half-truths.        Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚   In the Shakespearean play, Macbeth, evil witches deceive their victim, Macbeth, by telling him half-truths about his prophecies.   As a result of this new "half-true" knowledge, Macbeth makes rash decisions that lead him to paranoia, grief, and eventually his downfall.      Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚   The first set of prophecies that the witches reveal to Macbeth in act 1, scene 3, stated that Macbeth was to become Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and finally be crowned king.   They also said, "Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none."   Macbeth was shocked when the first two prophecies came true.   In act 1, scene 3, he spoke of his fears, saying "unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs." In Elizabethan times, witches were known as creatures of the devil, satanic creatures who roam the world to cause destruction and chaos.   But how could devils speak of great truths? Macbeth's new knowledge was then reported to his wife.   He writes about how he will become king.   But how would he do this?   One of Macbeth's rash decisions was to murder the present King.      Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚   Macbeth had invited the King and the King's men to his castle to celebrate the victory of the battle that had been won.   That night, while everyone was asleep, Macbeth took a dagger and killed the King. After the murder he became very paranoid.   In act 2, scene 2, he cries: "Didst thou not hear a noise? ...There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried `murder!', Methought I heard a voice cry `Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep'...I am afraid to think what I have done; look on't again I dare not."      Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚   Macbeth become king. As a result of his Paranoia, he called upon murderers to execute Banquo, a friend of his that knew about the prophecies.   Paranoia had taken over his life so much that his wife was left out of his plans.   He had become so paranoid, his feelings had become numb. This is shown in act 5, scene 5, when he says: "I have almost forgot the taste of fears: The time has been, my senses would have cool'd to hear a night-shriek.

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