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Dylan EricksonFinal Exam1) And oftentimes to win us to our harmThe instruments of darkness tell us truths,Win us with honest trifles, to betray’sIn deepest consequenceSpeaker: BanquoSpoken to: MacbethSignificance: In act 1 scene 3 of Macbeth, Macbeth is being told about his new promotion to Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is scared because the Witch’s prophecy turned out to come true. Banquo warns him by saying, sometimes to win, and to harm us. Evil will use little truths to cause us to do things that they want us to do. And with that, comes serious consequences. This has to do is with the greying that Macbeth does with good and evil. Even though that reality of the prophecy was hidden in the greyness that the witches said, there is a defining good and evil factor. Banquo is mearely warning that the devil will hide his true intentions with a little undefined truth. It is true that Macbeth is the Thane of Glamis and is now the Thane of Cawdor, but the Witches do not tell Macbeth how or why he becomes the King of Scotland, it is up to him to make the evil choice to kill the king, which is seen as a grey moral.2)Our Basest beggarAre in the poorest thing superfluous.Allow not nature more than nature needs,Man’s life is cheap as beast’sSpeaker: LearSpoken to: Goneril and ReganSignificance: In act 2 scene 4 of King Lear, King Lear is furious and he is starting to realize the mistake that he has made by putting Goneril and Regan in charge of Britain. Goneril and Regan are both ripping the old man to pieces saying the only way that he can stay in their castles is to get rid of his servants or knights. Lear states, Even the lowest of beggars have things that they don’t really need, if you do not allow man to have more than what is needed for survival, man is just like a beast. This has to do with the main theme of the play, which is gratitude. Lear is shocked to find out that even though he gave everything to Goneril and Regan, they are responding in an ungrateful way. As the play moves on, Lear ends up becoming down to the level of a beggar. Lear cannot understand why they could allow their father and the previous King to be treated in such a way. Lear had a Kings entitlement that he was used to.3)Faith, here’s an equivocator, that couldSwear in both the scales against either scale,Who committed treason enough for God’s sake,Yet could not equivocate to heaven.Speaker: PorterSpoken to: Knocking door
Significance: In act 2 scene 3 of Macbeth, The porter is answering the door after the recent death of Duncan. Macduff and Lennox are at the door to check on the King to see how he is doing. The Porter states, here is someone who does not know a lie is a lie, he could swear both