Macbeth and Death of a Salesman Essay


– Naturalism (use of imagery of natural scenery, heavy description and sensory imagery) – Melancholic tone
– Natural Supernaturalism and reference to religion
– Medievalism
– Female ‘stunners’
– Dramatisation
– Moral stories
– Religious symbols and illusions
– Realism
– Literary subjects- telling a story

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“That his virtues will plead like angels…”
“False face must hide what the false heart doth know”
“Ourself will mingle with society and play the humble host…” “Who dare to look upon that which might appall the devil?” “… unsex me here, and fill me from crown to toe top-full with direst cruelty” “Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t” “Fair is foul and foul is fair”

“A little water clears us of this deed”
“What, will these hand ne’er be clean?”
“Here’s the smell of blood still. All the perfumes in Arabia will not sweeten this little hand” “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, only vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself and falls unto the other” “Gainst nature still! Thriftless ambition that wilt ravine up thine lifes own means” “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle turned toward my hand?” “We have scortch’d the snake, not kill’d it!”

“O, full of scorpions is my mind dear wife!”
“But now I am cabbin’d, cribb’d, confin’d…”
“I am in blood step’t so far that, should I wade no more, retrning were as tedious as to go o’er” “I have no words. My voice is in my sword.”

Death of a Salesman:

“Someday I’ll have my own business, and I’ll never have to leave home anymore!” “Willy never made a lot of money, his name was never in the papers…” “…because its not what you do, its who you know and the smile on your face” “Once in my life I would like to own something outright before its broken! I always in a race with the junkyard!” “They’re only a hundred and a half. You can’t do without them…” “The only thing you got in this world is what you can sell.” “You can’t just eat the orange and throw the peel away- a man is not piece of fruit!” “After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive…” “He had all the wrong dreams. All, all wrong.”

“Work a lifetime to pay off a house, you finally own it and theres no one to live in it!” “The way they’ve boxed us in here. Bricks and windows, windows and bricks.” “He’s liked, but hes not well-liked.”

“Why did she have to wax the floors herself?”
“I got a job… What the hell are you offering me a job for?” “William, when I walked into that jungle I was seventeen. When I walked out, I was twenty-one. And by God, I was rich!” “Why shouldn’t he talk to himself? When he has to go to Charley and borrow fifty dollars a week and pretend to me that its his pay?” “You wait, kid, before its all over we’re gonna get a little place out in the country, and I’ll raise some vegetables, and a couple of chickens…” “I realised what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been. We’ve been living in a dream for fifteen years.”