Control is a recurring theme in the play "Macbeth" as it warns the audience of the reprecussions of trying to control your fate. The first key event where control features in a significant way is the witches prophecies. They tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland which establishes the importance of fate. Shakespeare conveys the witches as agents of evil that are deceptive and dangerous, "oftentimes to win us to our harm/the instruments of darkness tell us truths," showing that they use truth itself to influence a horrible outcome (Macbeth 's tragic demise.) Their message is compelling and attractive and we can clearly see their effect on Macbeth as it greatly contrasts to that of Banquo.
And dashed the brains out.’ (Act 1. Scene 7. Line 59), She says this to show and prove her willingness to see Macbeth become king and how she will eliminate anyone who stands in her way. She hopes by saying this that he will become cold blooded and tough, hopefully encouraging him to take the same oath and erase any possible feeling of guilt. This presents an evil wickedness within her character which could be interpreted as being
Shakespeare sets the tone of fear using this literary device to show how there are harsh consequences for killing Tybalt. Shakespeare further explores this theme when Romeo asks, “Doth she not think me an old murderer, / Now I have stained the childhood of our joy / With blood removed but little from her own?” (Shakespeare III.iii.103-105). Shakespeare’s choice of words ,
Importance of control elsewhere in the play • How control is shown • Reasons for control within the play Control is a recurring theme in the play "Macbeth" as it warns the audience of the repercussions of trying to control your fate. The first key event where control features in a significant way is the witches' prophecies. They tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland which establishes the importance of fate. Shakespeare conveys the witches as agents of evil that are deceptive and dangerous, "oftentimes to win us to our harm/the instruments of darkness tell us truths," showing that they use truth itself to influence a horrible outcome (Macbeth's tragic demise.) Their message is compelling and attractive and we
“Pressure is the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something.” In William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, Macbeth experience pressure from his surroundings. Pressure can lead a person in either the right or wrong direction. Futhermore it can also take away the consistent thought of one’s mind to jeopardize themselves or others. Macbeth’s wife and the witches encouraged him to be woeful. From reading this drama, some people can infer that Lady Macbeth supports her husband’s injurious scheme to kill King Duncan and the witches made Macbeth feel arrogant about himself.
What seems bad at first can often be a blessing in disguise and an apparent good can ultimately be bad for us. This is especially evident when the weird sisters say “fair is foul, and foul is fair” in William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” The play uses many examples to show how the sisters’ prediction that Macbeth will be king is actually foul. On the journey home Macbeth and Banquo encounter the weird sisters and receive the predictions. News that Macbeth will become king creates an inner conflict for him. He starts to think what actions he needs to do so the predictions become true.
Cutting Queen Margaret seems to not be appropriate because her main role is condemning Richard and emphasizing how Richard III continues to be the villain through out the play. There are many instances through out the play that Richard deems himself the villainous character. The audience does not seem to need any more affirmation of how manipulative Richard is. In Act I Scene I, Richard and Elizabeth began arguing because Richard accused Elizabeth and her Kinsmen of hoping that Edward will die soon. As they are arguing Queen Margaret walks into the scene where Richard and Elizabeth arguing and, out of bitterness, she decides to express her discontent.
Within this excerpt from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth gives a monologue expressing her dark desires. Lady Macbeth’s desire for the removal of her nurturing qualities to murder King Duncan is expressed through alliteration, metaphors, and pleading diction. The alliteration and metaphors used by Lady Macbeth accentuate her desires. Speaking to spirits, she requests, “unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top- full of direst cruelty”. Lady Macbeth asks to not be a female in order to obtain cruelty.
In this part of Macbeth, she is shown to be condemning the three witches for giving information to Macbeth and scolding them, claiming that “all you have done / Hath been but for a wayward son, / Spiteful and wrathful, who, as others do, / Loves for his own ends, not for you” (3.5.1-13). Continuing her speech, she tells the three witches of her devious plan to fool Macbeth into thinking he still “...shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear / His hopes 'bove wisdom, grace, and fear” (3.5.30-31). Thus, by giving Macbeth a vain perception of himself, Hecate condemns him to his ultimate
In Macbeth, Shakespeare utilizes the motif of appearance vs. reality to emphasize how a limited perspective of something or someone will most likely lead to the destructive nature of deception. This is shown in the first act of the play where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hold false appearances to keep their plans a secret and later in the play when Macbeth is king and dealing with the guilt of killing the king and Banquo’s death. In the first act at the start of the play the motif is introduced by three witches chanting “fair is foul, and foul is fair”(1.1.12). This sets up one of the main themes of the play. Macbeth discovers from these witches that he is fated to be the king of Cawdor.