Upon meeting the three witches again, Macbeth is told that “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until/ Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill/ Shall come against him”(Shakespeare 4.1.92-94). Through the use of this prophecy, Macbeth is given a false sense of security to feed his confidence. While Macbeth exults the prophecy for giving him a feeling of solace, the prophecy is actually ironic as it predicts his ultimate demise. In the final act, a messenger approaches Macbeth and frantically cries that “As I did stand my watch upon the hill/ I look 'd toward Birnan and anon methought/ The wood began to move” (Shakespeare 5.5.33-34).
" He no longer confides in his most trusted confidant showing his descension into paranoia and obsession with control. The natural order of the universe is disrupted when they murder the king and chaos it unleashed. This is shown in the aftermath: Macbeth hallucinates, Lady Macbeth
When Lear effectively disowns Cordelia and turns over reign of the land to his two daughters, Regan and Goneril. Lear has gone against the social norm by giving rule of the kingdom over to two females. Shakespeare incorporates this important turn of events and the tragedy that follows to show how placing a ruler of the opposite, less accepted sex into power, can have devastating effects on the
In his tragic play, Hamlet, Shakespeare demonstrates how corrupt the society were in Denmark. Ophelia–the leading female character–is depicted as both innocent and non-politically inclined, but the fact that she has no voice in this patriarchal society, drives her to the point that leads to her inevitable death. In act 4 scene 7, it reveals Ophelia’s burden of living a life to deal with tolerating Hamlet’s manipulation and to be obligated to honor the words of her father’s and brother’s. When reporting Ophelia’s death, Gertrude states that “there is a willow grows askant the brook” (4.7. 190). The “willow” is symbolic to Ophelia’s death because it relates the situation of her death where she is mourning the desertion of Hamlet’s love.
Iago’s determination to destroy both Othello and Cassio represent gossip and rumour in everyday life. That being said the complication and lack of communication is simple yet brilliant. Lastly the role of women plays a big part in the appeal of the play as it shows how Desdemona enforces the idea of
As both a son and a prince, Hamlet’s actions reveals just how superior a man is as who he is trying to command is both his mother and the queen. When the queen, who in theory should hold the greatest amount of power as a woman is easily influenced by her own son, it demonstrates the weak-mindedness of women as a
He resents his mother because she did not hesitate to remarry immediately following the passing of King Hamlet; in Hamlet’s eyes, she cannot live independently because she is a fragile, powerless woman as all women are. Hamlet says, after complaining about Gertrude’s hasty remarriage, “frailty, thy name is woman” (1.2 150). His judgment of his mother’s character led to his generalization of all women being frail and helpless. Hamlet extends this judgment to his evaluation of Ophelia’s character. He believes that because she is female, she must be deceitful and adulterous.
Shakespeare wrote one of his most famous tragedies, King Lear, between 1603 and 1607. In the center of the play is king Lear and his relations with his three daughters; Cordelia, Regan and Goneril. He asks them to describe how much they love him so he could decide how to divide his kingdom between them. The first mention of nothingness is introduced by Cordelia after she answers 'Nothing, my lord. ' With her repetition of nothingness, Shakespeare introduces one of the authors of the Chain of Being, Aristotle, who stated that 'nothing comes out of nothing '.
Such an act would go against God himself, and so the linking of evil spirits present her to be unwomanly and almost witch-like. Gender roles were set during Shakespeare 's time. Women were considered emotional, nurturing, and fragile where men were considered stoic, strong, and masculine. Lady Macbeth laments her gender while she hatches her plan to kill King Duncan: "Come to my woman 's breasts, And take my milk for gall…" The language suggests that her womanhood, represented by “breasts” and “milk”, usually symbols of nurture, impedes her from performing acts of violence and cruelty, which she associates with manliness.
Similarly, Juliet says: “My only love sprung from my only hate!/Too early seen unknown, and known too late!/Prodigious birth of love it is to me,/That I must love a loathed enemy” (Romeo & Juliet. 1.5.138-41). Even though Romeo and Juliet think they are supposed to be enemies, after they get to know each other without prejudice, they fall in love. So, what seperates us is not our own will; it is what we are supposed to be and how we are supposed to act. Getting to know people without judging makes us aware of our true wishes and interests in
King Lear has always been looked at as a case of the clueless dad; however, when one delves deeper into the script we can see this is a story about the differences of good and evil and the battle between family and power. The Lais of Marie de France was on the opposite end of the spectrum when it came to the take home message of selflessness and love always prosper in a world of chaos. However, there is one thing these stories had in common and that is the ability to compare each character to one another. The characters that seem to have the most the most in common are Cordelia, Guilliadun, and Guildeluec vs. Regan and Goneril. Although there were many more differences that could be pointed out between the five women than comparisons, each story shows there is a clear line between the noble and the evil.