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dev21 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 22, 2010 at 11:26 PM via web

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What are three internal conflicts that Macbeth faces in Macbeth, and what quotes symbolize the conflicts?

Regarding the theme of Internal Conflict in Macbeth.

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auli | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted June 23, 2010 at 12:05 AM (Answer #1)

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three internal conflicts of macbeth:

1. his conflict with his own conscience about the murder of duncan. he could not decide whether he should murder him in order to the crown. "if chance will have me king,why chance may crown me/ without my stir",says he in act1 scene 3. he is clearly vacillating with the thought of murder.

2. his inner conflict is shown explicitly in act1,scene7,when he weighs not only the bad political consequences of the murder but also the moral values involved. here,his inner conflict rises from duncan's trust of him.

he says in act1,sc. 7:

"...he is here in double trust.

first as i am his kinsman,and his subject.

strong both against the deed.then as his host,

who should against the murtherer shut the door,

not bear the knife myself..."

3. when he has killed duncan (act2,sc.2),he is tortured by the thought of what he had done. he starts with every single noise. he wants to adopt hypocrisy:"false face must hide what false heart doth know." he is terribly conscientious that when the knocking commences,he says:"wake duncan with thy knocking;i would thou could'st."

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dstuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 23, 2010 at 4:33 PM (Answer #2)

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In Act 5.3 of Shakespeare's Macbeth, internal conflicts are revealed in the title character.

The scene opens with Macbeth appearing confident that he can withstand any attack by his enemies.  He is holding on to his faith in the predictions made by the witches.  He spouts the details--the man born of woman thing, etc.--like he is invincible.

Yet, within only seconds he is despairing, saying he "has lived long enough," and that he should not expect those things that come with old age, such as "honor, love, obedience."

Emotionally, Macbeth holds on to the predictions that suggest he is indestructible.  Rationally, however, Macbeth appears to know better.  His emotions cannot withstand the fact that 10,000 soldiers are preparing to attack him.

Later, in Act 5.5, Macbeth will despair again when he is told that his wife has died.  In his "Tomorrow" speech, he will reveal another internal conflict:  whatever one does or accomplishes, it is meaningless anyway.  Macbeth slips into nihilism, the belief that nothing matters.

Yet, again, oppositions appear in Macbeth.  Soon, whether it matters or not, Macbeth, facing certain defeat, will battle face-to-face with his foes, fighting and dying nobly.

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schoolbus123 | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM (Answer #6)

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