Can someone help how to evaluate this quote "we will proceed no further in this business" Show me how to evaluate Thanks
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How to evaluate in english (MACBETH) watch
- Thread Starter
- 19-10-2015 22:58
- 19-10-2015 23:00
evaluate in the context of what?
- 21-10-2015 15:57
Honeylooloo is quite right, your question is very difficult to answer.
This quote from A1 Sc7and is fundamental to understanding the character of Macbeth - and indeed what motivates him.
Very interesting, in this scene, he uses negation. In A1 Sc3 and the "Two Truths are told.." soliloquy he decides to leave everything up to Fate. In A1 Sc 5 L. 73 he informs Lady Macbeth they will talk later. I believe Macbeth would like to be king, but he does not want to murder to get there. That said he does leave open the idea. "We will go no further..." is not the same as we will not do it.
Unlike the other two occasions, this time he makes a decision - to some degree: he says no. Macbeth's unease with the idea of murder - actually assassination - is shown in his language. He refers to it as "business" not - what it actually is - murder. He cannot even bring himself to admit what it is.
There is also reticence in the way he informs Lady Macbeth. He does not say "Right that's it I have decided, I will not murder Duncan." My major criticism of Macbeth is that he is not able to make a decision prior to the murder - thereafter it is different. There is an ambiguity in his expression there is considerable vagueness in his expression. Of course the audience and Lady Macbeth know what he means, but his vague expression - a symptom of his unease with the idea of assassination - allows Lady Macbeth to demolish him in 20 lines.
To be able to evaluate at this level you need to know your characters and the play in some considerable depth.