Macbeth Commentary Essay

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Macbeth is a Shakespearean play written for a tragic audience about the fate of a man. Act three scene five introduces Hecate the Queen of Witchcraft. She is angry with the three sisters for conducting magic and prophecies towards Macbeth without including her. This scene is questioned by many on wether or not Shakespeare actually wrote Hecate's lines. They aren't Shakespearean sounding in the sense that they are in rhymed couplets instead of his famous iambic pentameter. While Hecate speaks Shakespeare reiterates words and synonyms to emphasize the importance of her lecture toward three sisters. Because the weird sisters have angered Hecate, such words as saucy and overbold represent them. On the contrary, wayward, wisdom, grace, fear, confusion, and love are described of Macbeth. Macbeth is unpredictable for the killings, but when killing he uses grace and wisdom as to not be discovered. In the mean time he is in a sense of fear of discovery and confusion towards the future. This passage in short sums up the story of the play. Throughout the passage death is emphasized. This death is of Macbeth's family and close ones, and himself through insanity. The repetition of spells and charms are used to symbolize the importance of the witches ceremonies. Fate verse free will can be considered into the importance of this recurrence because the question remains, would Macbeth have killed if he never heard the fortune the witches had told him before? I don't think he would have because unless he had heard...

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