Macbeth Reading Logs Essay

1369 words - 6 pages

Macbeth Reading Logs #1

Theme: Order/Disorder
“The news of thy success; and when he reads / Thy personal venture in the rebels’ fight,” (1.3.101-103) (pg 21)

This shows disorder because there are rebels fighting. Any orderly kingdom would not have these rebels and fights going on.

“And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you / Have done to this.” (1.7.66-67) (pg 43)

Lady Macbeth is talking to Macbeth on how to kill someone. However things are getting out of hand because she threatened to smash kill the baby by smashing it.

Images: Food
“Or have we eaten on the insane root” (1.3.94) (pg 21)

The insane root is a number of plants that were believed to cause insanity ...view middle of the document...

It provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance. Therefore, much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery. It makes him, and it mars him; it sets him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him, and disheartens him; makes him stand to and not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates him in a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him.” (2.3.27-35) (pg 61)

Porter is saying, to Macduff, that drinking makes you sleep. Drinking stimulates desire but halts performance. It makes you have fun, but then need to go to sleep and pee.

Macbeth Reading Logs #3
Theme: Order/Disorder
“We hear our bloody cousins are bestowed / In England and in Ireland, not confessing / Their cruel parricide, filling their hearers / With strange invention. But of that tomorrow, / When therewithal we shall have cause of state / Craving us jointly. Hie you to horse. Adieu, / Till you return at night. Goes Fleance with you?” (3.1.33-39) (pg 79)

Anytime someone is killing, it is a not right. When someone is killing their father or mother, this would create a disorder. If Malcolm and Donalbain had actually killed their father, it would have create such a disorder in the castle.

“It will have blood, they say: blood will have / blood.” (3.4.154-155) (pg 105)
Recently Banquo has died under Macbeth’s command. Macbeth fears someone will revenge Banquo by killing him. When Macbeth constantly thinks about blood and death, everything seems so chaotic and his life is in a disorder.
Images: Food
“My royal lord, / You do not give the cheer. The feast is sold / That is not often vouched, while ‘tis a-making, / From thence, the sauce to meat its ceremony; / Meeting were bare without it.” (3.4.41-460) (pg 99)

Lady Macbeth says that this is not a time for cheer. The feast is over and there is no time to celebrate. Work must go on.

“Give to our tables meat, sleep to our knights, / Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,” (3.6.36-37) (pg 113)

Here, the king is talking murder. He does not want to feast and banquet among murderers. Macbeth has taken the throne away from Malcolm, the man who deserves the throne.

Log #4

Theme: Order/Disorder

“He has killed me, mother. / Run away, I pray you!” (4.2.98-99)
(pg 135)

The murderers Macbeth hired have just killed Macduff’s son. Soon they will kill Lady Macduff. Right after this moment is when Macbeth will go into utter madness and killing everyone he doesn’t like in a major disorder.

“I am in this earthly world, where to do harm / Is often laudable, to do good sometime / Accounted dangerous folly.”

Lady Macduff says its acceptable to do evil. Being good makes you a traitor. This is a disorder. Usually doing something good is accepted and doing something evil is bad. The order of...

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