Misfortunate Souls Macbeth, a play about misfortune or should one say a misfortunate soul? In the First Act of Macbeth, we hear of this heroic character known as Macbeth...who later turns out to not be as heroic as we thought. This play has various hidden meanings, but most importantly it has one authentic theme: the nature of power. Macbeth bears the responsibility for the death of Duncan, his king, his kinsman, and his guest; however, he only gets away with all these murders with the help of Lady Macbeth. Nevertheless, he is accountable for most of the murders.
Macbeth is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, it is thought to have been performed during the early 1600’s. It demonstrates the harmful physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power.Throughout the play of Macbeth the reader is able to see common phrases that are comparable to those of this generation's music, more specifically act 1 to the song ‘I want it all’ by Queen. Firstly, ‘I want it all’ by Queen relates to Macbeth’s ideas of killing King Duncan in act 1, scenes 3-5, it speaks of wanting all of something and doing whatever it takes to get it no matter what consequences that come from it. When Macbeth first learns of the prophecies to become future king his instinct is to kill the king and get him out of the way so he could gain all power. The song states "Gotta get me a future, get out of my way."
Wicked desires cause people to go to any extreme to get what they want and often cause destruction. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, this is the case for the main characters and evil is a predominant theme. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare leads the plot into dark scenes with the copious amounts of murder, witchcraft and evil desires of the characters. In the play, the character, Lady Macbeth hears the prophecy from three witches that her husband will be king. Quickly, she decided to take matters into her own hands; however, it ends up leading her husband, Macbeth, down an immoral path of destruction.
The Tragedy of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, continuously uses the Blood and Staining motif. The use of this motif emphasizes Macbeths deplorable need to be safely thus, as a tyrant would when murdering those who have cared for him. It also emphasizes character, corruption and death. Macbeths need to be safely thus as a king is a psychological reaction from having murdering a king himself and knowing that rulers aren’t completely untouchable. It also can be a reaction from having known he had completed a wretched task when killing Duncan, so he was automatically concerned for keeping that secret hidden from the world.
In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, characters are influencing each other as outside forces to fulfill their desires in extreme ways. Overall in the play, Macbeth changes from a loyal and courageous character to an evil and violent person due to the outside forces persuading and influencing him. Gradually, these outside forces guide his thoughts to become over confident and evil in which ultimately leads to his own death. Through the play, Macbeth’s evil actions is a result of outside forces in which these outside forces encourage him to commit evil actions to fulfill his desires and they act as factors that change his thoughts and characteristics. In summary, Lady Macbeth, Banquo and the prophecies acts as outside forces that persuade
The masterful imagery presented in Macbeth comes in the form of light and darkness. Shakespeare the physical embodiment of darkness and evil in the play. The darkness that resonates in him is shown in the nature of the world around him as well. ince of Cumberland” ( 1.4.38-39), Macbeth realizes that if he wishes to become king and gain power, he must take actions into his own hands. He writes to Lady Macbeth, and she is quick to persuade him that killing Duncan will be beneficial for the both of them.
The Tragic Force of Macbeth In Macbeth, by Shakespeare, the play tells the story of a tragic hero: Macbeth, and his rise and fall to power. Murders, wars, suicides, and many more horrific events are exhibited during Macbeth’s disastrous rule. Throughout the play, supernatural elements are intertwined with dramatic conflicts and characters. Aside from many beliefs of what forces are responsible for Macbeth’s tragedy, the main force held accountable for his downfall is the supernatural. The supernatural forces play a key role in progressing the tragedy’s plot.
Throughout his stages of character development it is easy to depict what changes have occurred and what has influenced such a transition. In Act ii-iii it is presented that his evil conscience is what built his downfall.When Macbeth was informed that Duncan made him the Thane of Cawsor, he gives into the temptations suggested by the witches and becomes merciless towards the act of murder. In this case Macbeth states, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function; is smother’d in sunrise.” (i.iii.139-141). Macbeth demonstrates treacherous personality traits by acting inhumane towards crimes that he wouldn’t have committed before the prophecies Lady Macbeth however, has this contagious hold on Macbeth hand which influences his actions. For one, she intrigues his masculinity in order to persuade him to commit malicious crimes.
A Cruel Game Unknown to Othello, Iago was motivated by a cruelty that demanded the utter destruction of Othello’s public and private life. In the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, Iago is the main antagonist to the protagonist of the story. Iago is motivated by cruelty; his final goal is see all of his adversaries suffer. Cruelty is an especially crucial theme to any story, for it reveals the ugly truth about a character who is primarily motivated by cruelty. The social and political gains of Iago’s cruelty display how the theme functions in a work of literature and what it reveals about both the perpetrator and victim.
Macbeth is a tragedy that plays out a savage dichotomy between the head and the heart. Throughout the course of the play, Macbeth the dichotomy within Macbeth’s character by falling from the lofty hearts of a pure and loyal warrior to a murderous savage determined to fulfil the prophecy delivered to him by supernatural powers. The witches influence on how Macbeth made his decisions played a crucial part in contributing to his eventual destruction. They planted the seed of evil in Macbeth’s head that grew to dominate his mind. “Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind.” Due to the outside influence from the witches, he thinks that it is his destiny and that he must do everything to fulfil it; Lady Macbeth’s constant harassment pushed Macbeth to commit all evil.