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Macbeth Outline Conflict - -Macbeth Initially - Brave / Noble / Valiant / Loyal -Macbeth Consequently - Hated / Savage / Fiend Like Queen / Traitor Introduction - What is Shakespeare saying about power? Thesis: What is Shakespeare saying about power? "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Power -> corruption Paragraph One- Topic Sentence""As the play opens, Macbeth is viewed as a noble and honourable man.

Details""brave soldier, respected by peers and by King, considered ruthless, best friend is Banquo, encounters witches who give him three prophesies, Banquo is sceptical but Macbeth is intrigued Quotes"" "brave Macbeth" "well deserves that name." Battle "unseam'd [a man] from the nave to the chaps." to "pronounce [Cawdor's] present death, and with his former title greet Macbeth." "All hail...Thane of Glamis! All hail...Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter." "Lesser than Macbeth, and greater./Not so happy, yet much happier./Thou

shalt get kings, though thou be none." "Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind." "Oftentimes, to win us to our harm,/The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/Win us with honest trifles, to betray us/In deepest consequence." "if chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir." Paragraph Two Topic Sentence"" After hearing the witches' prophesies, Lady Macbeth's immediate reaction is an intense determination for Macbeth to achieve power.

Details""Macbeth is ambitious but is not controlled by it, while Lady Macbeth is power hungry and greedy, Lady Macbeth tries to convince Macbeth but he is unsure, Duncan arrives at the castle, the "dagger scene" takes place, Macbeth decides to kill the king.

Quotes "too full o' the milk of human kindness" "unsex me here" "from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty." "leave all the rest to [her]." "This castle hath a pleasant...