Macbeth The Play

Macbeth The Play

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The Third Riddle:

     The third riddle that the witches had given to Macbeth was that he would not be defeated until the woods of Birnam moved towards his kingdom, Dunsinane. Macbeth, taking this riddle literally, assumed that it meant that the woods would have to come alive and move towards his castle. In the drawing, I drew the trees chasing Macbeth to show what a ridiculous image it would be if it were literal. I understand how Macbeth thought he would never be defeated, since trees can not move. What really happened in the play was that Macduff and Malcolm's army decided to camouflage themselves with branches. When Macbeth looked out from his castle he saw what looked like a forest marching towards his kingdom. He began to get worried because the riddles were falling apart  This quote was also really confusing, I wondered if Shakespeare would add a super-natural element to the play to make the trees come alive. I loved the twists in the riddles that the witched has laid out for Macbeth.

The Second Riddle:

              In the second riddle the witches explain to Macbeth that no child born of a woman can harm him. Macbeth interprets this to mean that no one can harm or kill him; because, as far as he knows, all humans are born from a woman (as opposed to a man or creature). This makes him think that he is invincible. What the riddle actually meant was that no child that is born "naturally" can harm him. The catch in the riddle was that Macduff was not born naturally, but was born by cea-section. Macduff was able to beat Macbeth for that reason. This quote is really confusing, you get so many different ideas of what it could really mean. The fact that Macduff was born cea-section was a surprising twist that made the riddle make complete sense. If Macbeth didn't take the riddle so literally, I wonder if he would have understood from the beginning. 

The First Riddle:

        The first riddle warns Macbeth about how he needs to beware Macduff, the Thane of Fife. In this image I imagined that Macbeth, upon hearing the riddle, would immediately think that he needs to destroy Macduff's family and Macduff himself. This picture shows Macbeth envisioning Macduff's home in Fife and is the moment when he gets the idea that he needs to kill Macduff's family to scare him. Macduff is a threat to Macbeth because Macduff is planning to overthrow Macbeth, with the help of Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne. The riddle was difficult but after reading it over a couple times, I was able to understand what it is explaining. I don't think that Macbeth's plan to destroy Mcduff's family is a good one. It would only make Mcduff want to take him down even more than he already does.