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Macbeth - Act IV - Literature Log - 1 - My own insights from reading this section After reading this climactic portion of Shakespeares enticing play Macbeth I am filled with a plethora of different remarks and thoughts about several of the characters inner feelings and ambitions It is not clear to the reader what the characters are actually expressing but their feelings can be inferred from the surrounding text and the readers basic understanding of all human nature The main predicament that presented itself in this section was the three prophecies which the apparitions gave Macbeth The first apparition was an armed head that warns Macbeth to beware the Thane of Fife namely Macduff The second apparition was a bloody child who tells him that none of woman born shall harm Macbeth Hearing this Macbeth becomes reinforced and states that he no longer needs to fear Macduff The third apparition was a child wearing a crown with a tree in its hand who says that Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him This cheers Macbeth even more since he knows that nothing can move a forest However Macbeth now asks his last question will Banquos children ever rule Scotland Will Macbeths rule ever be ended The apparitions tell contrasting details regarding Macbeths continuing rule yet I believe that from analyzing the text it can be inferred that Macbeths rule will eventually come to an end For example when the third apparition states Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him Macbeth is elated for it is physically impossible to move the great forest to his castle However Macbeths narrow-minded and overly-ambitious character can be seen here for he forgets to think about one significant detail Couldnt it be possible for the castle to come down to Great Birnam Woods instead of the other way
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