Although a decorated war-hero, Macbeth paradoxically embodies a man with a loosely defined moral compass- the adoption of self-preservation sustains the perpetual deficit of his moral values. Additionally, his rationale to act is influenced by his repressed emotions of guilt and anxiety. In order to protect himself, Macbeth transcends his pre-conceived moral convictions, drowning himself in a cesspool of blood. By virtue of Macbeth’s incessant utilization of self-preservation, he commits the obstruction of justice to prevent himself from becoming the center of public scrutiny. In an attempt to cover his tracks, Macbeth stipulates the assassination of Banquo and his son, Fleance; he is mentally agonized by the fact that Banquo was present with
The hero Macbeth from shakespeare’s “macbeth” is considered a tragic hero. The reason that he is one is he has the six characteristic that a tragic hero has. One, nobel structure, two a tragic flaw, three free choice, when the punishment exceeds the crime, increased awareness, and produces catharsis. The first characteristic of a tragic hero is Noble stature.
In the context of the play, the character Macbeth is a “hardy soldier” and consequently, may be conversant to the sight of blood; yet, arguably Duncan’s “bloody business” could have been the derivation of Macbeth’s intensifying guilt. Thus, the conclusion could be made that an allegory for blood is culpability. The playwright may premeditatedly use the question “will all great Neptune’s oceans wash this blood clean from my hand?” to emphasize Macbeth's vexation. He may be irritated by the indelible 'red stains' on his hands as it may be a figurative elicitation of the murder; prompting his guilt.
In the murderous “Macbeth”, the famous playwright, William Shakespeare conveys the theme that noble deeds such as hosting social functions are utilized to masquerade evil intentions in order to maintain power. Since the beginning of mankind, humanity has been known to adhere to actions of betrayal and illusion to further their own selfishness agendas, as so it is necessary for survival. With this in mind, many theatrical and literary works have been created around this very aspect of human behavior. In the case of the tragedy, Shakespeare’s ultimate purpose is to illuminate this very idea of man’s greed and ambition that are altogether hidden with the symbolism of the feast scene and emphasized by the dramatic irony in Act three. In conjunction
William Shakespeare places blame on many different characters in an array of various scenarios throughout his iconic play, Macbeth. Man Polanski directs a filmed version of the play which highlights key features with, close-ups, pans and birds-eye views. Shakespeare uses characterisation to portray the lead role of Macbeth, and justifies his actions through soliloquy. His anger is narrated which dominoes onto the following scene whether it be murder or a crime being committed. Continuing on from his thoughts the action that followed would show to be of his own doing no matter how reinforced it was from supporting characters.
“All that glisters is not gold; often have you heard that told: Many a man his life hath sold. But my outside behold: Gilded tombs do worms enfold.” In Macbeth, the idea that everyone is capable of great deception is explored, which is the main theme of this play Macbeth appearance versus reality, in other words hypocrisy, and facade. Tension, mystery, dread and ambiguity infusses the drama. Using the theme appearance versus reality, this play digs deep into the darker side of humanity and the inner plotting and scheming of the human mind.
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play written by Shakespeare, an old English playwright, in 1606. It was published during the reign of King James I of Scotland and tells the story of a king and his tyrannical rise to power in Scotland. In 1513, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote The Prince, which is a written set of criteria that is supposed to be met by any good ruler. Focusing on chapters seventeen and eighteen of The Prince, one can come to conclude that King Macbeth does not meet such criteria. With that, Macbeth is not a proper Machiavellian Prince because he cannot mask his deeds with a pretense and is unable to keep his subjects united.
Macbeth is a tragedy of epic proportions highlighting the innate struggle between good and evil. However, is Macbeth a villain or a tragic figure? I would argue that the character of Macbeth is a classic example of a tragic hero, the literary device used to explore the duality of human nature. As a writer it can be used to help develop the plot by creating conflict, drama, or fear in the reader. In the case of Macbeth the actions of the title character set in motion a series of events that basically write the rest of the story.
Why does one shed blood, what motivates the theft of life? In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the Macbeth’s thirst for power causes them to commit unspeakable atrocities, each atrocity committed deteriorates their sole until they are “in blood Stepped in so far that, should [They] wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er”(3.four.125). Shakespeare uses the blood image to display inhumane acts that one would not expect from the originally innocent, thus revealing the true emotion of the character. Shakespeare uses the image of blood to reveal the consuming feeling of ambition present in the hearts of the Macbeths, alas such dark hearts lead the once brave Macbeth and his Wife down the path of cowardice and treason. As
The cracks in the Macbeth’s “false face” begin to show after the murder, focusing on the symbol of blood concerning which Macbeth exclaims “Will all great Neptune 's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas in incarnadine, Making the green one red.” (Pg. 183; 2.2.61). Macbeth recognizes the magnitude of his actions seeing that no matter how hard he may scrub there will always be a blood stain beneath the surface for having done such a terrible crime, something which will only build throughout the rest of the play. With this mindset, Macbeth becomes the one who takes the commanding role in the murder of Banquo, taking his own initiative by sending the murderers after his former friend and his son.
In Act 5 Scene 2 in Macbeth, written by Shakespeare, Lenox, Menteith, Caithness, and Angus, the four lords of Scotland, are discussing Macbeth’s deeds and behavior. As a result of his heinous acts, they decide to join Malcolm and his English forces, waiting in Birnam Woods, to fight Macbeth at Dunsinane. Through metaphors, Lenox, Menteith, Caithness, and Angus depict their wish to make Malcolm the legitimate king by executing Macbeth, signifying their loyalty, a prevalent theme, to the rightful king of Scotland. Relating to the motif of clothes , Angus’ simile describes the men’s perception of their King of Scotland, for whom the lords of Scotland have lost faith in.