My Perspectives: British and World Literature Grade 12, Volume One-page 277-Answers

Close Read the Text

Lines such as “When the hurlyduryl’s done/ when the battle’s lost and won” (261) and “Where the place/ upon the heath” invoke childlike rhyme schemes that directly conflict with the otherwise scary and evil nature of the witches. It’s this contrast that makes the rhyming patterns unsettling, as if warping a childlike device to be dark.

Analyze the Text

Macbeth, upon seeing the witches, goes into a “rapt” state (264), which is translike and hypnotic. Banquo is more level-headed, and even inquires into the witches beards (“and yet your beards forbid me to interpret”) and prohecy’s, asking why he was not given one, (“to me you speak not”) (264). Macbeth feels fear, whereas Banquo is only interested.

As a guest at the house of Macbeth, the king announced that his son Malcolm will be the next King of Scotland. Macbeth hates to hear this, (“The Prince of Cumberland!’) and is effect to start planning the murder of those who stand in his way, (“Let not light see my black and deep desires”) (269).

The reasons that Macbeth gives for not killing the king are that he,”[am] a kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed, and his host”) (273). He also admits, that although the King is “meek”, that he is not a bad ruler. He agree that he has no strife upon the King, only “vaulting ambition”, (273). He decides not to kill the King after the soliloquy.

Why These Words

The words “captivity” and “treason” relate to actions that are involved in war and conflict. Additionally “assault” , “rebellion”, and (as stated in the text) “revolt” all have meanings that are similar to the violence expected in war.


Example; one of the worst treasons to commit on the battlefield is the assault of your own army. On the grounds of war, a revolt is never accepted from within the army, and you will be called a rebellious spirit, and if you flout an attitude that conflicts with other soldiers, your time spent on the battlefield will be short.

Word Study

The latin root -bell means war, and therefor influences the meaning of the words it is p>
Belligerent:means to be hostile and aggressive. Similar in aggression to that of wartime.
Bellicose: a willingness to fight. Related directly to violence and war, such as in the the words.
Antebellum: reflects the period of after-war, such as the Antebellum period after the Civil War.The root -Bell functions again to put the word in frame of wartime.

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