Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. (I.v. 30-35) This is evidence towards Lady Macbeth wanting to have full masculine emotions.
Love is the most powerful emotion, making it the most dangerous. Taming of the shrew written by William Shakespeare in the late 16th Century, has had many different adaptations two of which are: The 1967 version of Taming of the shrew directed by Franco Zeffirelli and the cult classic 1999 version 10 things I hate about you both of which shine and interesting light on the play is it an act of misogyny or an act of a man liberating a woman from society. I believe that it is an act of misogyny and will be discussing this in the following presentation through the comparison of both films. In Franco Zefferelli’s version of Taming of the shrew there were many characters, but as for the difference in time periods there are only few that I would resonate with, for that reason I chose the character Bianca, as in Taming of the shrew (1967)
Throughout the play of Macbeth, the theme of appearance versus reality is a major theme that is focused on in various parts of the play, and is shown in both the language and dramatic techniques that Shakespeare employs. For language, Shakespeare clearly presents what appears to be real and what actually is the truth in many situations, for example, in the first act, the three witches claim that 'Fair is foul and foul is fair '. Here, what seems to be real is actually not, thus confusing the audience as to whether what is good is actually bad and vice versa. 'Fair is foul ' indicates that what is good may not turn out to be as innocent as it seems, while 'Foul is fair ' shows that what was initially thought of as bad was actually the correct way of upholding justice. Therefore, this highlights that fact that what appears to be good, is actually not all rainbows and sunshine, and one needs to wait out a bit longer in order to uncover the morbid truth.
Conflicts, such as man versus nature, man versus man, and man versus self, are used in these plays. Both plays teach a valuable lesson. Oedipus and Macbeth are kings who take a challenge that can define their future due to inadequacies within themselves. However, with the major difference that one act willingly and with full responsibility for his deed and the other fails because of admiration but mostly because of destiny. Both Oedipus and Macbeth were confronted and destroyed by a set of circumstances, Oedipus by fate and Macbeth by the witches and their prophecies.
The word “fiend” describes an almost demonic hunger, which shows how she was seen to be immoral. During the play, in Act 1 Scene 5, she wants to be filled “from the crown to the toe top-ful of direst cruelty”, which show her desire to be morally corrupt and be only driven by ambition and power. Moreover, Lady Macbeth asks to take her “milk for gall”. This would have been very disturbing and perverted, as women at the time were seen to be only for child-bearing so, turning her breast milk into bitterness would be removing the sole purpose for her existence and would be tampering with the natural order of things. Further, Lady Macbeth would “dashed the brains out” of “the babe that milks me”.
The author of many well-known tragedies, William Shakespeare, has pieces that set into iconic plays in English literature. What makes them the best, is all Shakespearean tragedies have a common element: fatal flaw— all heroes have a weakness personality that results in lead them to their downfall. For instance, Macbeth, a renowned fallen hero, was told of a change that completely shifts his life; all driven by fate. In Act I, readers are introduced to supernatural influences ( The Weïrd Sisters), whose plot of the tragedy base on their name. ( Weïrd meaning "fate").
What drives apparently good men to become ruthless, ambitious, jealous and greedy? We see an example of this in the play “Macbeth” performed at Pop Up Globe, directed by Tom Mallaburn, was written originally by the well-known author, William Shakespeare. Macbeth is based upon a big tragedy, where the two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, inevitably were forced to do evil things due to their ambition; taste the sweetness of victory and then downfall again. Although the play was written by an English author, Shakespeare smartly sets his story based upon the idea of ambition, a concept that relates to all of us, no matter where we are from. We have to admit that in our minds, the concept of power and ambition is linked to men.
There is no doubt that the tragedy of Hamlet is one of William Shakespeare’s most powerful and influential works of literature, the play was likely one of Shakespeare most popular works and still ranks among his most performed. It has inspired a lot of writers and readers just like me. There are various dominant themes like revenge and the mystery of death appears frequently throughout the course of the play. One of the potential reasons for the intense identification of this play is the way how Shakespeare uses Hamlet, Prince of Denmark to demonstrate the complicated workings of the mind, and how one must use deception to deceive others to get to the truth. In Hamlet, Shakespeare comprises the theme of madness to serve as a motive.
Shakespeare’s angriest play is The Richard plays, Richard II and Richard III, are clearly crucial to the story of the creation of the canon. Also in King Lear Shakespeare uses cruelty and its result to express anger. In fact King Lear is one of the most outraged plays written by
Thus, in William Shakespeare’s classic play Macbeth, the author suggests that an individual’s identity is often an illusion voiced by crippling desire and the influence of others. As creators of turmoil by nature, the witches catalyze changes in Macbeth that enable his transformation from a righteous military general into a committed megalomaniac. Furthermore, they inspire the awakening of Macbeth’s ambition and fool him by providing a false sense of security. This exploitation is expected from the dark and sinister creatures as they firmly believe that “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (Shakespeare, trans. 2012, 1.1.12).