It is vital that the audience is aware of Macbeth’s strengths early in the play, because it evolves Macbeth as a tragic hero when the audience witness Macbeth’s downfall, instigated by the witches and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is seen as intelligent and kindhearted by Lady Macbeth who illuminates Macbeth’s personality" too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness/Thou wouldst be great (1.v.15-19)”. Shakespeare’s Macbeth experiences immense feelings of guilt for his role in the murder of King Duncan, which derived from The Chronicles. Holinshed describes King Kenneth who experiences a guilt ridden conscience, once the slaughtering of his nephew takes
Shakespeare is known thorughout the world as a genius author. He is a master of using different devices to convey meanings beneath the surface of his plays. Henry VII is no different. In Shakespeare’s play, Henry VIII, the playwright uses allusion, tone, and figurative language to convey Wolsey’s response regarding his dismissal from the court. Shakespeare is known for metaphors and intense figurative language and this play is no different.
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.
In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays John Proctor, the protagonist, as a tragic hero who has a major flaw—lust for Abigail, his house servant. For fear of being exiled in a town where reputation is highly upheld, Proctor initially tries to hide his crime of adultery, but this affair triggers a major series of events in Salem, where unproven accusations lead to internal struggle and eventually to catastrophe. John Proctor illustrious attitude for himself and the truths to be told within the play. Such truths could have helped the conflict from ever occurring. John Proctor decides to make a web alternate truth to save himself and his relationships; granted he is to be made a hero with exceptions to his flaws.
“Fair is foul and foul is fair”. This is possibly the most iconic quote from the play Macbeth. Written in 1606, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, the play dramatizes the effect of the greediness for power, strong lust after a goal, and envy, all of which are three of the seven deadly sins that many people believed in during this day age of England, in which, Macbeth takes place. Macbeth was written about eleventh century Scotland, which was troubled, violent, and lead by feuding families. To make his plays as realistic as possible and as entertaining as he could, Shakespeare reflected history in his plays.
An encounter with the three witches and the suspicion that Macbeth “shalt be king hereafter”, triggers his ambition for power – with dangerous consequences. In the play, Macbeth states, “I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself / And falls on th’ other” (I. vii. 25-28). This reveals that Macbeth is certain that ambition is what is driving his actions, by saying “vaulting ambition”, in this case he is referring to the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth states, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man That
“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.
Ghost are what the Devil uses to incriminate our minds. In Macbeth, the Three Witches bring up three apparitions that are meant to convince Macbeth to make bad choices. Macbeth is asking the Three Witches about his future as a King. The first apparition they show him is an armed head which was a warning to him. He told Macbeth that he should beware of Macduff.
The witches also known as the weird sisters prophesize that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, which comes true, but is also apparent based on Macbeth's job and performance in battle. They also prophecize him to become king which Macbeth makes happen through various dastardly deeds. Making these “weird sisters” actual supernatural power a discrepancy; a more likely reality is they are scorned women who use things they hear or fabricate to manipulate the lives of others. The name weird sister suggest they are not welcome, liked, or trusted. They most likely use their knowledge of people weakness and ambitions in order to gain some control.
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.