A play that I have studied which explores the important theme of ambition is Macbeth, a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The Thane of Glamis receives prophecies from three witches, which Macbeth tells. However, the king must be killed for these prophecies to be fulfilled. Shakespeare uses characterisation and soliloquies to help us understand this theme. We are shown how ambition affects Scotland as a whole – we see how Shakespeare demonstrates how this can deeply affect characters and relationships between both couples and friends.
In the Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare has many hidden messages, not to mention many obvious ones. One message in the play is “Foul is fair and, fair is foul” (1.1.12) This quote can be translated out to, bad is good and good is bad. Confusing right? In the play, the main character, Macbeth gets the idea he may become king. The play follows him through his power struggle to the kingship, and it is not a good one.
Iago let his vengeful ways and deceitful motives alter his decisions while Othello appears in the opening acts as the very personification of self control”(Harbage). The two characters are meant to balance each other out, but Iago gets too deep in Othello’s head, leaving him susceptible to lash out. Shakespeare wants to bring attention to the fact that no matter how hard one tries, the darkness creeps on eventually and wins. By this point in the play, all the character’s true colors have been shown. “Othello is forced to recognize that he lives in a tragic world, and he pays the price” which causes him to have his tragic downfall(Harbage).
True Motives in Deceitful People Envy and deceit are catalysts for revenge. William Shakespeare idolized Geoffrey Chaucer and allowed him to influence his plays and poems. All of his works were written in a poetic language. In the tragedy, Othello, Shakespeare uses characterization and external conflict to create Iago’s deceptive, vengeful, and envious motives. Using the characters’ relationships against them, the play reveals the power of deception and misinformation to destroy trust and loyalty.
Preceded by Lear shouting “Hysterica Passio! Down thou climbing sorrow!” we are given an insight into how close Lear is to a breakdown. This further accentuates the duel suffering he must endure. This engaging narrative is incredibly memorable due to Shakespeare’s implantation of this ingenious symbolism. It engages the audience and aids them in relating to the thematic context of the play, highlighting Shakespeare’s
Tragic Ambition Julius Caesar once wisely reckoned, "If I fail it is only because I have too much […] ambition." The playwright William Shakespeare, if alive today, would earnestly confirm the truth in this quote, as demonstrated in his elegant tragedy, Macbeth. A tale of a thane named Macbeth 's quest for the throne, his life quickly spirals downward as he wholeheartedly believes and acts upon the prophecies revealed by the Weïrd Sisters regarding his fate. As he brutally murders and betrays several fellow royals, Macduff eventually returns the favor, taking Macbeth 's life, restoring the Order of the Universe. Macbeth and his wife are prime examples of how harboring too much ambition is the root of selfishness, which lends itself to
This line is in reference to when the witches will approach Macbeth: before, during, or after the battle he is about to be involved in, with thunder representing before, lighting during, and rain after. Scene 3 • Quote analysis: “often times, to win us our harm,/ The instruments of darkness tell us truths;” (1.3.122-123). This quote is a very important one as Banquo heavily foreshadows what is to come later in the story. By this quote, Banquo says that evil can be brought about by simple truths, and that deception often lies around them. Macbeth is eventually corrupted by a simple, deceptive truth; that he will be King.
“Conscience does make cowards of us all” (3.1.83) - a phrase that describes perfectly Hamlet’s elusiveness to take on, and eventually complete the dreadful task of vengeance. William Shakespeare’s eponymous tragedy Hamlet brings forward an essentially puzzling character that orbits perpetually in uncertainty and ambivalence regarding his actions. Always on the edge of self-destruction and madness, his procrastination has become an essential facet of the play’s outcome, and as Andrew Cutrofello points out: “the only thing Hamlet is incapable of doing resolutely is killing the man who murdered his father and married his mother” (2014: 19). Although it is simply a matter of passing from reflection to reaction, it seems that Hamlet’s
Furthermore, in Othello the author, Shakespeare, uses Othello’s and Desdemona’s death to illuminate the various consequences of love and the power of vengeance. The author develops important themes leading up to and after Othello’s death scene. The play serves to show the audience the myriad of consequences love yields. Due to Othello’s distrust in Desdemona, he believes that Desdemona “must die, else she’ll betray more men” (V.ii.6). Othello’s severe distrust towards Desdemona is largely because of Iago’s attempt to convince Othello of Desdemona’s affair with Cassio.
Once in fair Verona, a bloody feud took the lives of 2 lovers and numerous bystanders. The Montague/Capulet feud will forever go down in literary history as an ingenious vehicle to embody fate and fortune. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare uses foreshadowing, repetition, and symbolism to show the how the Montague/Capulet feud causes the inevitability of fate. Shakespeare uses prologues to foreshadow future events as a direct result of the feud. First of all, the author lays out the major plot points and sets that stage for coming events through blatant foreshadowing.