Quotes and preparing a speech on Macbeth:  HELP!'Prepare a 5 minute speech in which you must persuade the audience that one of the main character's actions result in significant consequences for...

Quotes and preparing a speech on Macbeth:  HELP!

'Prepare a 5 minute speech in which you must persuade the audience that one of the main character's actions result in significant consequences for themselves and others.'

I need quotes and the meanings, but also I'm not too sure how to start the speech.  Can anyone give me any tips or guidelines I can follow to make a good speech about Lady Macbeth ?

thankyou !

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First, concerning your essay on Lady Macbeth from Shakespeare's Macbeth, write your introduction last.  Introductions are the most difficult part of an essay to write, and should be much easier once you've written the rest of the essay.

Concerning Lady Macbeth, the most obvious scene to start with is Act 1.7, beginning with line 29.  Lady Macbeth berates her husband, manipulating him into deciding to go ahead with the assassination of King Duncan.  Her words and actions obviously have consequences for herself and others.  They lead to:

  • Duncan's death
  • Banquo's death
  • Macduff's family being slaughtered
  • Lady Macbeth going insane and committing suicide
  • Macbeth losing his head

You can find quotes aplenty in that scene.

Going back to your introduction, if you need some concrete ways to begin your introduction, here are some things you can use for your opening lines:

  • background info
  • a story
  • question
  • quotation
  • surprising statement
  • contradiction
  • fact or statistic

For example, you could begin your essay with the contradiction between Lady Macbeth's role as a woman in her society (she has no power or authority of her own--she is dependent on her husband), in which she is expected to play hostess, mother, and wife, and her wish to be more like a man--aggressive, without pity, fierce.  The role she is supposed to play and the role she wants to play present a contradiction. 

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Macbeth

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