Macbeth Analysis

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Kayvon Jahanbaksh, Brandon Pisani, Lexus Myers, Monica Rom-Castro
Mrs. Bastelica
AP Language & Composition III- period 3
9 April 2014
How Does Shakespeare Reveal Character Motivation in the First Two Acts of Macbeth? Shakespeare reveals character motivation in the first two acts of Macbeth through his main characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. All elements of motivation lead up to the climax of the play: the murdering of King Duncan in Act II. What plants the seed of motivation for Macbeth (who later motivates his female counterpart, Lady MacBeth) is introduced first and foremost in Act I, scene i with the three weird sisters. The witches declare they will meet again when the “hurlyburly” (I.i.l.3), or storm, is done upon a “heath” (I.i.l.7), or open land covered in small shrubs, to meet with Macbeth. In Act I, scene iii, the three weird sisters meet with Macbeth as they predicted in scene i. “All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!” (I.iii.l.50) cries the third witch, announcing the prophecy of Macbeth to Macbeth himself. This prophecy proposed is similar to the prophecy in the Harry Potter series that motivates the infamous antagonist, Lord Voldemort, to kill the protagonist Harry Potter in order to fulfill the prophecy that stated a boy was born (Harry) with the power to vanquish Lord Voldemort and his power. Like Macbeth, Voldemort had to eliminate (or attempt to) Harry so he could get what he wanted: to be an unstoppable evil force. Macbeth had to eliminate King Duncan to get what he wanted: to be king. The three weird sisters telling Macbeth that he is destined to be king is what plants the seed of motivation in Macbeth’s mind but what waters that seed is not yet revealed until Act I, scene iv when King Duncan, the current king, declares his son Malcolm to be heir to his throne. When Macbeth witnesses this, he says to himself, “The Prince…...

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