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Macbeth. Act I Analysis. Thesis.

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macbeth

Macbeth

Act I Analysis

thesis
Thesis
  • Our working thesis is that: Power alone is not the root of all evil as it can be used for good, but when combined with a hunger for advancement or greed, it can lead to corruption. In other words, ambition alone is not evil; it is selfish ambition without regard for consequences that leads to self-destruction.
  • “Working” = rough draft
evidence
Evidence
  • After the thesis, you must provide evidence to prove your argument.
    • 1. Power can lead to good—is not always evil.
      • Discuss where power is seen to be good: Duncan, Macbeth as Captain.
    • 2. Greed alone is not the rood of all evil?
      • Discuss where greed is evident in the play.
      • Discuss where greed is ineffectual without power: Lady Macbeth has great ambition and greed, but cannot act without her husband’s power.
    • 3. The combination can lead to evil.
      • Discuss where you see the combination, and what happens: Lady Macbeth’s Greed and Ambition combines with Macbeth’s newfound power.
    • ??How do we explain why Macbeth continues evil deeds without Lady Macbeth??
    • 4. The combination leads to self-destruction.
      • Discuss where you see scenes of self-destruction: how Macbeth is caught in the downward spiral, the change in his personality, his lack of emotion and his ultimate destruction, death.

**For each point discuss how it is still relevant to us today!**

act i
Act I
  • Argument 1: Power can lead to good—is not always evil.
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ROSS

From Fife, great king,

Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky

And fan our people cold.

Norway himself, with terrible numbers,

Assisted by that most disloyal traitor,

The thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict,

Till that Bellona’s bridegroom, lapped in proof,

Confronted him with self-comparisons,

Point against point, rebellious arm 'gainst arm,

Curbing his lavish spirit; and to conclude,

The victory fell on us.

ROSS Great king, I’ve come from Fife, where the Norwegian flag flies, mocking our country and frightening our people. Leading an enormous army and assisted by that disloyal traitor, the thane of Cawdor, the king of Norway began a bloody battle. But outfitted in his battle-weathered armor, Macbeth met the Norwegian attacks shot for shot, as if he were the goddess of war’s husband. Finally he broke the enemy’s spirit, and we were victorious.

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DUNCAN What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.

DUNCAN The thane of Cawdor has lost what the noble Macbeth has won.

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Duncan:

  • It is a peerless kinsman/He is a man without equal.(60)