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    During a banquet in Macbeth’s castle, Macbeth hallucinates Banquo’s ghost. Banqou appears bloody and beaten as a reminder to Macbeth that he had his former friend and ally murdered. These hallucinations show Macbeth’s great guilt over ordering the murder of Banquo and his son. This scene is the climax of the play; it shows Macbeth’s conscience punishing him for his crimes. The hallucinations are very important to the play because they show the overwhelming guilt Macbeth feels. With Macbeth’s apparent fit of insanity; he appears to be mentally unstable to his court and unfit to be King. When Lady Macbeth says, “Sit worthy friends, my lord is often thus / and hath been from his youth. Pray you keep seat,” she is trying to ease the minds of the worried lords (346). Macbeths deteriorating sanity is clearly seen by his court and his status as king is questioned.…

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    thing.” It is human nature to desire something so much that one becomes overambitious and will do anything to get what he wants. Similarly, in The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth does everything in his power to get what he wants, including things that are manifestly evil. Shakespeare’s motifs of hallucinations, prophecies, and violence help develop the theme that acting on impulsive human desires can lead to extreme negative consequences. The use of hallucinations show the consequence of guilt in…

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    Hallucinations contribute immensely in the development of a character, shaping the outlook on the whole plot. Hallucinations have the ability to either portray the good in a character or, on the other hand, the bad. Most of time, contrary to belief, hallucinations are inflicted on oneself by some sort of trauma causing the aftermath of guilt. This idea is exemplified in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, in which Macbeth, a tragic hero, suffers from harsh hallucinations triggered by guilt.…

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    Role Of Motifs In Macbeth

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    A motif is a dominant idea that brings out certain features in a literary composition and is usually repeated throughout a play or story. Motifs are common features when considering reading Shakespeare’s captivating Macbeth. They give the reader a difficult task to interpret the play and figure out Shakespeare's bewildering concepts. The tragic flaws and conceptual schemes of the play can be better understood through the distinctive uses of blood, the hallucinations, evil, and gender. Blood…

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    looking. A great example is the tragedy Macbeth. The play, written by Shakespeare, takes place in Scotland during the 1000 's. In the opening scene, three witches chant "fair is foul and foul is fair"(I.i.12) meaning that there is evil in good, and vice versa. This quote turns into a motif that introduces one of the recurring themes in the play, how looks can be deceiving. The tragedy follows the story of Macbeth 's downfall, from a respected Thane to a despised murderer. The play shows…

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    Joshua Nguyen Ms. Mo Lit & Comp 17 May 2017 Have you ever felt so guilty and start seeing your wrongdoings haunting you to regret? William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic play still is famous for its violent, tragic play. All of motifs, literary terms themes supports and adds a bunch to this story. Motif throughout the play, the ornament of hallucinations, illusion, delusion leads ambitions to aspire, guilt haunts felons Macbeth was for sure thinking about killing duncan and then an illusion of…

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    Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays written in the Elizabethan Era. This play has many twists and turns in it. It shows you how the greed for power can cause a downfall in someone who was once deemed respected and loyal. In the play Macbeth, prophecies, blood, hallucinations, and violence serve as motifs as Macbeth unfolds and can no longer distinguish the real from the unreal. Prophecies play a big role in the play Macbeth. The prophecies are made by the evil witches that…

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    Motifs In Macbeth

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    The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare uses motifs throughout the play to drive the plot. Motifs such as violence, guilt, and the supernatural are used to manipulate the character’s minds that drives them to make horrific decisions. During the course of the play, these motifs interconnect; as a consequence they affect the actions of the character. Although each character has his/her own visions of their future, none seem to understand the driving forces behind their behavior and…

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    Hallucinations In Macbeth

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    there is yet a gray area that remains in the study of the subconscious spirit and mind. There are few things in this world that offer a true, unfiltered understanding into one’s mental condition. Hallucinations, visions that occur in the subconscious state of mind, are uniquely good indicators of mental health and stability. Throughout his play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses motifs of hallucinations and a lack of sleep to offer insight into the inner turmoil of key characters and foreshadow events to…

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    In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the supernatural plays a major role in controlling the tragic hero, Macbeth. Macbeth is taunted by hallucinations, he is met by witches and is told prophesies and apparitions that seize control of his life. Without this influence from the supernatural his journey would have been different. Without the temptation of the witches’ insight, Macbeth would not have been driven to usurp the throne and Lady Macbeth would not have died. Not only does the supernatural lay…

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