Macbeth: analisi atto 2, scena 2

Riassunto e analisi in inglese della tragedia di Shakespeare: Macbeth Atto 2 Scena 2, "the murder scene" (2 pagine formato doc)

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Analisys of Macbeth, William Shakespeare.

Plot: Macbeth is a play which talks about a knight, Macbeth, who was coming back from an important battle, and during the walk met three witches predicted him that ha was going to become sir of Cardow and than king. First he didn’t believe in witches but when at his return king Duncan made him sir of Cardow, he made up his mind.
So invited Duncan to have dinner at his home, the same night helped by his wife he killed him and gave guilt to the king’s guardians. Besides two Duncan’s sons run away from Scotland being afraid of being killed. So Macbeth became king but Duncan’s sons, helped by English nobles move themselves against Macbeth to take control in Scotland. The witches predicted this evenement to Macbeth saying that “when the wood will move against you, then you’ll be over and you’ll be killed by a man not born from a woman”. This man was Macduff whose wife and son Macbeth made kill because he was born by a caesarean birth. So the play ends with the death of Macbeth.

Macbeth: analisi, trama, temi e personaggi


ANALYSIS: Lady Macbeth was an intelligent proud, ambitious woman, who risks everything to help her husband to become king. She’s cold, inform of purpose, she has prepared the murder. She can’t believe Macbeth was so coward. It’s her determination which convicts him to make the deed. From her words, we understand she isn’t a sentimental woman:” I would have been able to crash the brain of the child who sucks the milk ones to my breast if I had promised it”. But she can’t kill Duncan, because he seems, on sleep, to her father.
The general Macbeth in this tragedy assumes two personalities: at the beginning he is a victorious man, at the end he is the victim of himself and of his animus. This was because he was less strong than his wife. He makes the deed, but after he’s sorry. He heard voices, has hallucinations, he will be victim of his deed. The voice of his cotient promise him that he will not sleep anymore, this voice call him with his three name to interludes the cruel deed. He’s persecuted by his action, by the blood on his hand. 


Duncan, king of Scotland, arrives to Macbeth’s castle and spends the night there. Now Lady Macbeth has the perfect opportunity to kill him, and she persuades her husband to commit the murder. She had drugged two guards at the king’s bedroom: she has prepared their dagger for Macbeth to use them to kill Duncan. But, after the murder, Macbeth has taken the dagger out of king’s bedroom instead of leaving them there to put the blame on guards. Macbeth refuses to carry the daggers back, so Lady Macbeth takes them instead. In the text there are some expression referring to Macbeth’s hands that suggest feelings of horror and remorse. Many of these expression are associated with the red colour of the blood and the repetitive use of these images reinforces the sense of horror caused by the murder. Other two colours are mentioned in the text: the green, referring to the natural colour of the saes and white, used metaphorically to indicate cowardice.


In the first case, there may be an implication that the blood shade in the murder has subverted nature; in the second case, Lady Macbeth is reproaching her husband for the weakness he shows after the murder. In the text there is a famous sentence which express the effects of the murder on the nature and on Macbeth: Macbeth does murder sleep. In fact sleep is presented like part of nature with highly positive attributes, from “innocent” to “chief nourisher in life’s feast”; therefore if the killing of Duncan is likened to the murdering of sleep, the horror of murder increases at the thought of having destroyed so many good things. Moreover the statement ”Macbeth shall sleep no more!” implies a never-ending remorse. Hearing seems to be particularly sensitive both in Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. They hear the least noise and any sound around theme.
In the second part of the text, the porter associates Macbeth’s action with that one of three characters: the equivocator, because he has tricked his king; the farmer, because he kills himself; the tailor because he has sealed the throne.