Act IV & Act V Favourites

•March 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Cite your favourite image or lines from Act IV and Act V of Macbeth and explain why you liked them so much.
“Pour in sow’s blood, that hath eaten her nine farrow; grease that’s sweaten from the murderer’s gibbet, throw into the flame.” (Act 4, Scene 1, Line 69 – 72) This line was said by the first witch during the scene where the witches were putting ingredients in their cauldron and summoning spirits to talk to Macbeth. Rephrased, the witch says to pour in pig’s blood that has eaten her litter of nine and the body fat that had dripped from a hanging, decaying body of a murderer. This was my favorite image because I thought that it really represented witchcraft. The hint of cannibalism and murder give the impression of a dreadfully dark wickedness, which witchcraft is all about.

“Let the angel whom thou still hast served tell, thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb untimely ripp’d.” (Act 5, Scene 8, Lines 17 – 20) This line was said by Macduff during his battle with Macbeth, nearing the end of the play. When paraphrase, it says let the demon that you served tell you that I was removed from his mothers womb unnaturally. This meant that Macduff was born by Caesarian section, and not by natural means. This also meant that Macbeth’s charm or luck does not work with Macduff, leaving him vulnerable. This is why I enjoyed this line so much. This twist in events is so thrilling that you cannot delay the need to know what happens.

Citizen’s Responsibilities

•March 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Are a citizen’s first responsibilities to family, political leader, or country? Explain.

A citizen is supposed to be responsible for both his/her family and country, since the political leader could be a tyrant. Unless the leader is a benevolent dictator, then a person’s actions would also be benefiting the country. Though most of the responsibility should be for the family since a person should supposedly care for his/her family more than a country. Therefore a citizen’s first responsibilities are to his/her family.

Would assassination or civil war ever be a justifiable response to tyranny?

Yes, despite the unethical issues associated with it, this seems to be the only solution as the tyrant has the most power over the people. The infeasibility of other methods such as discussion and influence does nothing to a person who has been blinded by his/her own power. Furthermore, men are not the persuasive type, and usually resort to violence to end things.

What would you do if the leader of your country became a vicious tyrant?

I would probably assassinate him or flee the country, a type of “fight or flight” approach. I would kill him/her, due to the reasons I stated before, discussion and influence would not work. Additionally, my insignificance in society hinders the power of my speech. Or I would run away, not having to deal with guilt of killing someone, and avoiding the rule of the leader.

Act III Favorites

•March 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Explain in your view, what is the most striking image or line from Act III of Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

“Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, and put a barren scepter in my gripe.” (Act III, Scene I, Line 65-66)

This was said by Macbeth during his rant about Banquo. I found this image is quite incredible and creative. The fruitless crown and barren scepter are metaphors representing his discontinuous lineage of kingship. The word “they” probably refers to the witches who informed him of his fate. I considered the disappointment Macbeth must have felt when he first heard that Banquo’s sons will be kings, and it must have been quite disappointing. Its just like saying, “We’re going to give you something but you can’t keep it for long.”

Act II Favourites

•February 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Explain in your view, what is the most striking image or line from Act II of Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.” (Act II, Scene II, Line 77-80)

The guilt of his act is so powerful that he will not be able to “wash it off,” even with Neptune’s (the god of the sea) oceans. The image of the ocean’s color altering to a crimson red is quite overwhelming. I picture it similar to the image of the Nile river turning red, due to the acts of Moses and the plagues of Egypt, guided by God. The colossal size of the oceans causes the amount of blood to appear plenty.

Act 1 Favorites

•January 24, 2010 • 1 Comment

Explain in your view, what is the most striking image or line from Act I of Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

“He unseam’d him from the nave to the chaps, and fix’d his head upon our battlements.” (Act I, scene II, Lines 24-25)

Paraphrased: “He cut him from the belly to the jaw and fixed his head onto our battlements.”

This harsh and brutal image striked me as violently as how Macbeth had sliced Macdonwald in half. The utter gruesomeness of the image had implanted itself into my memory.

Hey look it’s a new post!

•January 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

The very first.