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English 11 Honors Paper on MacBeth Due Feb 22nd The tragedy of MacBeth is a story of courage and honor It gives an interesting mix of love Machiavellianism and has a good storyline MacBeth is a loyal subject to his king Duncan but goes terribly wrong when he listens to 3 witches that tell him he will rule someday MacBeth wishes to get to power quickly with the help of his wife Lady MacBeth he kills Duncan and everyone else in his way He takes his throne but is soon overturned by his former subordinates In MacBeth Shakespeare creates characters who parallel other characters either through their words and actions or through similarities in characters lives Each character in the story has a double through either their similarities or through their differences Each character also has something about them that makes them unique MacBeth and Lady MacBeth are the epitome of an interesting parallelization At the beginning of the story the two characters are complete opposites MacBeth takes the feminine role while Lady MacBeth is masculine Lady MacBeth Come you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty Make thick my blood Stop up th access and passage to remorse That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose nor keep peace between Th affectand it Come to my womans breasts And take my milk for gall you murdring minis- Ters Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on natures mischief Come thick night And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell That my keen knife not see the wound it makes Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark To Cry hold Hold Iv41-54 Lady MacBeth basically states here that she wants the gods to make her a man She wants to kill Duncan herself On the other hand when MacBeth hears
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