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Macbeth Essay

  • Submitted by: averib
  • on February 23, 2013
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 330 words

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Towards the end of the play Macbeth is overly confident that he is untouchable and cannot be destroyed. He is this way because he took the witches second prophecies too literal. In Act IV scene I, Macbeth goes to the witches to seek more future prophecies. Macbeth is then given four visions, the second vision of a bloody child, he is then told in lines 80 through 81, “The pow’r of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth.” Macbeth interprets this to, all men are born of a woman, and if none of woman born can harm him, then no one can harm him.
The third vision was that of a child crowned, holding a tree in his hand. In lines 93 through 95 the child says, “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against him.” Macbeth is so pleased by this for he thinks this means that this means the actual trees will have to uproot or spread upon the Dunsinane Hill castle. To him this is great news for all men are woman born and great woods would take a long time to grow uphill onto his castle. This makes him overly confident that no harm shall come to him.
It isn’t until the end of Act V that Macduff brings English troops to take back Scotland from Macbeth. The troops cut the branches off the trees of the Great Birnam Wood to disguise themselves, and slowly move uphill toward Dunsinane Hill. This represents the third vision and prophecy. Macduff and Macbeth then sword fight and it is then at scene viii, lines 15 through 16 that Macduff says, “Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb Untimely ripped.” This means that Macduff’s mother died before giving birth to him and he was therefore ripped from her belly in a C-section operation. Macduff was not of woman born. Macbeth is then slayed by Macduff and beheaded.

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