Heaven& HellAs told by WilliamShakespeare andClaire Hoffman WARNING: This is the only fun part of this entire presentation, in fact, after this, it gets pretty darn Serious. serious.
William Shakespeare used his play,Macbeth, as an analogy for the warbetween Heaven and Hell.
Heavenmacduff macbeth good evil piety greed Hell
Heaven Hell macduff macbeth“Most sacrilegious “Mine eternal jewel/murder hath broke/ The Given to the commonLord’s anointed enemy of man/ Totemple, and stole make them kings, thethence/ The life o’ th’ seed of Banquo kings!”building.” (2.3.67-69) (3.1.72-75)
Heaven Hell macduff macbeth Macbeth complains aboutWhen Macduff finds how he sold his soul to theDuncan’s dead body he is devil after he killedshocked that someone Duncan, and the onlywould take a life was not ones who were going totheirs to take. Macduff profit from it wereshows respect for human Banquo’s sons. He wouldlife, one of the basic give in to evil and the devilprinciples of the Christian just to fulfill his own greed,church. and it still doesn’t quench his thirst for power.
When Banquo andMacbeth find out thatthe witches’ predictionswere right, they arehorrified and confused. “What, can the devil speak true?” (1.3.107) “To win us our harm,/ The instruments of darkness tell us truths.” (1.3.124)
Macbeth still uses theadvice of the witchesand kills Duncan tobecome king. “Now a man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist shall surely be put to death” (Leviticus 20:27) “As for the person who turns to mediums and spirits, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against them and will cut him off from among his people” (Leviticus 20:6)
Macduff only acceptssupport from God. “In the great hand of God I stand” (2.3.30)
When Young Siwarddies, Siward says thatit was honorablebecause he wasfighting in God’s war. “Why then, God’s soldier be he! Had I as many sons as I have hairs,/ I would not wish them to a fairer death” (5.8.47-49
When Malcolm admits thathe is worried he won’t be agood king, Macduff tells himthat he could not do worsethan Macbeth, becauseMacbeth is the devilincarnate. “Not in the legions/ of horrid hell can come a devil more damn’d/ In evils to top Macbeth” (4.3.55-57)
Macbeth aligns with the story ofLucifer, the devil. At first they wereboth loyal to their king but due togreed and thirst for power theyboth fell from grace.
So why did Shakespeare do this?There are many possibilities. Maybe he put somany allusions in his works to help his illiterateand un-educated audience understand. Maybehe was trying to sneak in references to thereligious persecution going on at the time.Or maybe it’s all a part of a complicatedconspiracy involving the invasion of Poland andinvention of Nutella (that’s the one I’m rootingfor.)
RECAPHeaven is good. Macduff represents Heaven.Hell is bad. Macbeth represents Hell.I really love Nutella.Finishing a project late at night is a bad idea,because they cause pictures like this to appear.I really, really love Nutella.