Different Views of What we Once Knew

Macbeth Journal entry #1

1.) King Duncan – A very noble and trustworthy man. He sees Macbeth as a hero and crowns him Thane of Cawdor after the Rebel Thane was executed. In (I.v.14) King Duncan greets Macbeth as “Worthiest cousin”. This reveals he thinks of Macbeth as family, or blood related.

I disagree with the description because Duncan will soon find out Macbeth isn’t the man he reveals himself to be. I also disagree because Duncan is king, many people would love to be king. For example, Macbeth may be motivated to become King after receiving higher status because nobody would suspect him as the murderer.

2.) Other Thanes – They see him as the new kid in school. For example, Macbeth is new to the title given to him therefore they see Macbeth as very unacknowledged. This also has to do with the fact they don’t really know him. In (I.iii.135-136) the Thanes notice Macbeth’s distraught state but Banquo saves the day and tells them it is just Macbeth’s unfamiliarity with the title.

I agree with the Thanes opinion because they aren’t all just greeting Macbeth and becoming best friends right away like King Duncan. They are analyzing him and trying to figure out what kind of person he is. This is a proper approach to meeting new people because in the end, you may just get stabbed in the back.

3.) Lady Macbeth – She sees Macbeth as very weak and unwilling because of his soft nature. This is seen when she brings up her wish, which is for Macbeth to kill her husband, King Duncan. In (I.iv.17-18) Lady Macbeth says “It is too full O’ Th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.” This refers to Macbeth in which she thinks he is too weak to grab the Scottish crown. Therefore, the nearest way is to murder King Duncan.

I disagree with Lady Macbeth’s opinion because it is a lot easier to call someone else soft when you aren’t the one doing it. Macbeth has just been named Thane of Cawdor and now the Kings wife is planning for him to already to kill her husband. That’s a lot to take in if you’re him and I don’t think her judgement is fair.

4.) Macbeth – He is very humble at the beginning of the play and understands his role among the people. But as soon as he gets the prophecy from the three witches his mind is drowned in constant thought and confusion. Then, once Lady Macbeth speaks with him of her plans for him to murder her husband. That is when Macbeth starts to think about the situation and says to himself in (I.vii. 1-2) “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well / It were done quickly”. He is saying that if everything could be over with as soon as Duncan is killed, then it would be best for Macbeth to kill him quickly.

I agree with this description because it is very accurate. After Macbeth gets the prophecy for his future from the witches he immediately changes, and not for the better. After the first prediction comes true he is now a strong believer that he will become king. But will he have the power to do what it takes to get the title…

5.) Nick Ciaglia – My own impressions of Macbeth are that he is a very good man and he knows his role among society and is happy with it. The only flaw he possesses is that he is very easily influenced , this could change everything in the story when the witches give him the prophecy of things to come.

Act 1, Scene 7 Soliloquies

This soliloquy adds to my understanding of Macbeth in a variety of ways. First, It seems as though Macbeth is starting to fathom the idea of killing Duncan. This is proven through line 7 where he says “We’d jump the life to come.” This means he would risk the chance of any life after death to kill Duncan. He also gets mad at King Duncan in line 17 “Hath borne his faculties so meek” This refers to Duncan as using his royal powers so modestly. This doesn’t alter my opinion on Macbeth because he is now starting to think more and more about killing Duncan. This is because of the ambition Lady Macbeth possess’ and the fact his reign as king was predicted by the three witches. This doesn’t surprise me because of how easily turned Macbeth is as a character. He states in line 4-5 “That but this blow might be the be-all and the end-all…” This line broken down means all that is needed to end everything. By killing King Duncan, complete chaos will arise and cause the death of many in the future on Macbeth’s quest to be King.

 

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