Connections In Macbeth

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The Contemporary Connections Between Macbeth and Today William Shakespeare 's Macbeth is a play that portrays a tragic event and that has many contemporary influences. Despite the fact that this play is from the past, the materials discussed throughout the play display various themes that are still very relevant to this day. This tragedy tells a tale of a heroic soldier that seeks into a prophecy composed by a group of witches. The prophecy foreshadows a heroic soldier becoming king of Scotland. Macbeth, in which is the brave soldier soon eagerly decides to follow the prophecy in which he becomes king. The themes constructed throughout this enduring drama that are relative to our everyday lives consist of: fate versus free will, ambition, and…show more content…
Fate vs free will is a subject that is known to be controversial in today’s society. Individuals are often partial to one side more so than the other for this topic in particular. When people think about the term fate, they usually associate it with religion. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth was set to take place relatively four hundred years ago.…show more content…
William Shakespeare used ambition as a tool to keep his audience engaged as they read Macbeth. Throughout the course of the play, Macbeth, has high aspirations about his future goals. The entire play is built around this war hero that desires the role of royalty. After Macbeth observed the witches’ prophecy he demanded the throne. The prophecy is interpreted by Macbeth as though no one can harm him. Macbeth believes this because the prophecy states that “none of women born shall harm Macbeth” (4.1.91-92). In all actuality, Macbeth has interpreted this segment of the prophecy incorrectly. On the contrary, Macbeth still believes that no one is able to harm him: “What need I fear of thee? But yet I’ll make assurance double sure And take a bond of fate. Thou shall not live” (4.1.82). Simce Macbeth was blinded by the appealing segment of the prophecy, he hadn’t even considered the possibility of a less desirable outcome. Unbenounced to Macbeth, his successor was not entirely of woman born. His successor Macduff, was birthed by cesarean section. The way that people overlook critical information is due to the overwhelming effect that ambition can have on individuals. The overlooking of this essential information is fueled strictly by ambition, and the act of being driven by ambition is the same today as it was over four hundred years ago. People in today’s society do often become ambitious and overlook details that are vital

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