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1

the weather

'hover through the fog and filthy air' 'light thickens' 'come, thick night'

2

innocence

'i have done no harm' 'look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under't' ''weak, poor, innocent lamb' malcolm 'his wife, his babes, and all the unfortunate souls' macbeht

3

Dreams

'wicked dreams abuse the curtained sleep' 'nights black agents' 'these terrible dreams that shake us nightly' 'restless ecstasy' (dreams make reader aware of what character is too afraid to realise themselves, unconscious mind wakes up un sleepwalking)

4

the distressed heroine

'wisdom? to leave his wife, to leave his babes' 'all is the fear and nothing is the love'

5

strong moral closure

'of this dead butcher and his fiendlike queen' 'love, obedience, troops of friends, i must not look to have' (Christian values restored at end of play)

6

gender/ sexuality

'be so much more the man' 'unsex me here' 'take my milk for gall' 'leave all the rest to me' 'brave macbeth' 'you should be women and yet your beards forbid me to believe that you are so'

7

the grotesque

'unseemed him from the nave to th'chops' 'plucked my nipple from its boneless gums and dashed the brains out'

8

death

'hell is murky' 'there's a knocking at the gate' 'i have done the deed'

9

the supernatural

'hover among the fog and filthy air' 'come you spirits' 'speak if you can what are you?' 'they made themselves an air into which they vanished' 'this supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good' 'look not like th' inhabitants of th'earth'

10

ambiguity/ paradoxes

'false face must hide what false heart doth know' 'lesser than Macbeth and greater'

11

justice/ injustice

'most sacrilegious murder hath broke' 'there's no mercy left' 'bleed, bleed poor country'

12

darkness as intrinsic to humanity

'let not light see my black and deep desires' 'the instruments of darkness tell us truths'

13

revenge

'then yield thee, coward' 'cursed head; the time is free' 'tyrant show thy face'

14

ambition

'a vaulting ambition which ov'leaps itself' 'thriftless ambition that will raven up'

15

the sublime

'in thunder, lightning or in rain' 'darkness does the face of the earth entomb' 'turned wild in nature... make war with mankind'

16

claustrophobia/ entrapment

' full of scorpions is my mind dear wife' 'glamis hath murdered sleep'

17

sense of mystery and dread

'make war with mankind' ' things have been strangely borne' 'the night has been unruly'

18

the villian-hero

'stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires' 'brave Macbeth' 'noble Macbeth' 'like a giant's robe upon a dwarfish thief'