Due: Monday 5th March 2018
HT3: Macbeth – Assignment 1
In Act 2, Scene 1, Macbeth has a hallucination of a dagger as he is about to kill King Duncan. Read this soliloquy below.
Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.
Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going;
And such an instrument I was to use.
Mine eyes are made the fools o' the other senses,
Or else worth all the rest; I see thee still,
And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood,
Which was not so before. There's no such thing:
To what extent is Macbeth presented as a weak character?
· Explore how Macbeth is presented as weak in this extract.
· Explore how Macbeth is presented throughout the rest of the play.
Is this a dagger I see in front of me,
With its handle pointing toward my hand? (to the dagger) Come, let me hold you. (he grabs at the air in front of him without touching anything)
I don’t have you but I can still see you. Fateful apparition,
isn’t it possible to touch you as well as see you? Or are you nothing more than a dagger created by the mind, a hallucination from my fevered brain?
I can still see you, and you look as real
as this other dagger that I’m pulling out now. (he draws a dagger)
You’re leading me toward the place I was...