At the beginning of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ the protagonist Macbeth is described as ‘brave’, ‘noble’ and ‘honourable’, however Lady Macbeth’s and Macbeths desire for power consumes them. Macbeth’s ambition overrides his conscience and transformed his greatest strength into his greatest weakness. Macbeth’s inability to resist temptations that led him to be greedy for power, Macbeth’s easily manipulative nature which allowed his mind to be swayed, Macbeth having no self control and his excessive pride was what allowed him to renew his previously honourable and celebrated title into one of an evil ‘tyrant’. Macbeth is led by the prophecies of the witches after they foretell he will become the Thane of Cawdor. Not only the witches, but also his wife easily manipulate Macbeth as she attacks his manhood in order to provoke him to act on his desires.
Both texts have the same plot line where Iago or Ben Jago is set out to destroy Othello in vengeance for not getting the title/position that he thought that he deserved. He makes up the same lie where Desdemona is accused of cheating on Othello with Cassio/Michael Cass. In the play, Iago is very persistent when it comes to making Othello suffer by manipulating him and others throughout the whole novel without any empathy. Whereas in the novel Ben Jago does manipulate others but halfway through the film he does realize that maybe things have advanced past what he ever expected them to be. In the play itself, Iago does not know when to stop manipulating people and he also does not realize when things get pushed past it limits.
He is the center of the play, which causes events to happen. The first tragic fall that leads Creon to his downfall is his power madness. His power madness fall can be supported by Antigone’s dialogue, “Further: he has the matter so it that anyone who dares attempt the act will die by stoning in the town.” (Antigone 2).
John Proctor, the protagonist of The Crucible, qualifies as a tragic hero because he has a tragic flaw, is ethically superior to the other characters in the play, and struggles to find peace with himself in midst of the lies and chaos during this play. John Proctor possesses a tragic flaw that forces him to hide his prideful mistake, which eventually brings about his downfall. I guess the old saying is true, “Pride comes before the fall”. John Proctor’s tragic flaw is his excessive pride, and he expresses it abundantly throughout the play. In Act I, it states, “ Proctor: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time.
This tells the reader or audience, how Romeo is serious about his feelings for love. In response to Romeo’s quote about Rosaline and his love for her, Mercutio states “If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down”(I.iv,27-28). This expresses how Mercutio is mocking and light-hearted when it comes to love hence, making him seem as if he does not take life in a serious matter. To sum up, Mercutio mocks and jokes about Romeo’s serious love that he shares with Rosaline, thus making these two characters foil in the
Both contemporary and ancient literary works commonly use hands as a device to represent various overarching themes; for example, the possession of power or good versus evil. In the play, Macbeth, Shakespeare often uses this motif of hands to enhance the clarity of his desired message. At first impression, Macbeth appears to be a loyal and righteous character; however, his own desire for power and the influence of his wife, Lady Macbeth, both lead him to commit a relentless sequence of crimes. Along with creating this chain reaction of events, simply performing one unethical act elicits a feeling of guilt that cannot be washed away, and also corrupts those surrounding the initial wrongdoer. Through the motif of hands, Shakespeare demonstrates that the negative repercussions of an immoral action cannot be repressed and will ultimately corrupt a person’s character.
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.
The role of fool in Renaissance drama with Specific reference to Touchstone Fools in Shakespeare’s plays are unique. The clowns or fool figures are one of the most fascinating stage characters in Shakespeare’s work of art. A few of his fools have major roles in his works. Their importance and personalities may vary according to the play but their frequent appearance shows how noteworthy and relevant they are in Shakespeare’s theatre.
Tartuffe uses irony to steal their wealth and seduce Elmire, Orgon’s wife. In Tartuffe, Moliere uses irony to show how Madame Pernelle and Orgon were so easily deceived by Tartuffe and emphasizes the theme of hypocrisy through Tartuffe’s actions, deceit and lies.
One of the first examples of deception occurs at the ball when all the men are wearing masks. Shakespeare uses physical deception to bring Benedick and Beatrice closer together and Beatrice starts to show what she really thinks of Benedick. Much Ado About Nothing is bursting with contrived situations an example of this is when Don Pedro, Claudio and Hero arrange a plan to make Beatrice and Benedick fall in love. Don Pedro states “I will in the interim undertake one of Hercules’ labors. I would fain have it a match, if you three will but minister such assistance as i shall give you direction.”
Iago cunningly hints that Desdemona is cheating on Othello with Cassio. This goes to show how easily Othello becomes manipulated by Iago. The handkerchief is significant in the play because without it, Iago would not manipulate Othello since there would no evidence suggesting Desdemona had an affair. Iago uploads a picture of a person looking into a mirror and seeing the reflection of the devil.
Deception always has many perspectives; the truth, the fabrication, and how it is interpreted. An individual’s ability to deceive defines their effectiveness as a perpetrator. Within Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies and William Shakespeare’s Othello, the antagonists of each convey themselves as divine, therefore attempting to distract from their misconduct and represent themselves sincerely.
According to theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” An act considered evil must consist of intent to harm one in any form. William Shakespeare’s world-renowned play, Othello, The Moor of Venice, illustrates a tragedy while including villainy, which further complicates the dramatic piece of literature. Each character in the play has a roll in which they act the victim of Iago’s devious plan to destroy Othello and Desdemona’s marriage whilst portraying accomplices as well. Iago’s dishonesty with others creates a diversity of scenarios in which his vengeful deeds of wicked intention emerge as evil.