Outline for Interpretive Essay (Macbeth)

Outline for Interpretive Essay
“Et tu, Brute?” is a notorious line from Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar” but it can be associated with other plays such as “Macbeth”. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most powerful and tragic works due to various reasons. Throughout the play, Macbeth is shown prophecies of his future and is adamant to fulfill those prophecies. Throughout Macbeth there were various scenes which not only evoked suspense but were also satisfying; however there is only one scene which was the “frosting” of the play: when Macbeth discovers his destiny through the three Apparitions.
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How did the three Apparitions even enter the play? Throughout Macbeth we’ve only encountered four supernatural beings: the three witches and Hecate. But in Act four Scene one three Apparitions appear and each one of them prophesize and narrate a warning to Macbeth. As the first Apparition appears to be a head wearing a helmet, Macbeth is startled but when the Apparition speaks and warns him saying, “Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff! Beware Thane of Fife! Dismiss me. Enough” (lines 71-72) he takes heed.   After the first Apparition leaves, Macbeth states that he does in fact fear Macduff.   This warning is pleasing and to the audience because it foreshadows that Macbeth will encounter Macduff later on in the play and justice will be served. This warning is not only pleasing but is also suspenseful because the audience is now curious if the warning is actually true like the rest of the prophecy.
Did the second Apparition also narrate a warning? Shortly after the first Apparition leaves, the second one appears in the form of a child covered in blood and narrates, “Be bloody, bold and resolute: laugh to scorn the power of man; for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” (Lines 79-81). This narration is not a warning, but rather is hope for the gullible Macbeth. This narration arouses his confidence and encourages him to be more...