William Shakespeare, playwright of Macbeth, shows the importance that power and corruption can hold on a person’s humanity. In order to prove the true effect of personal gains, he uses the main character, Macbeth, to show how evil people are willing to become. Personal power has the ability to be essential to greatness, but at the same time is able to destroy a person’s true nature. Believe it or not, Macbeth once was a man of honor. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth was loyal to King Duncan, a strong military leader, and a respected husband.
Macbeth’s self-centering nature is crucial because it was what drives him to pursue ambitious tasks and venture on a wild path. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, there are many instances in which Macbeth exhibits egocentric behavior. In the first act of the tragedy, the readers can already spot a whiff of Macbeth’s selfishness as they see his hidden reaction to Duncan making his son, Malcolm, next in line to the throne. After witnessing Duncan bestowing Malcolm the title Prince of Cumberland, he mutters to himself that this is an obstacle “on which [he] must fall down, or else o 'erleap,/ For in [his] way it lies” (). At this moment, Macbeth is contemplating how he is going to become king, according to the prophecy he heard from the witches, if Malcolm is going to take the throne and is considering killing Malcolm.
A tragic hero, Macbeth ultimately falls because of a poor judgement, and false interpretation. On the other hand, Beowulf, an epic hero, is greatly admired for his achievements. Macbeth falls to ambition and deception throughout the play fulfilling his role as a tragic hero, and Beowulf continues to push himself fearlessly, solidifying his part as the epic hero. Hero’s are not born, they are made, thus both Macbeth and Beowulf needed a beginning.
When a play is referred to by many as one of the greatest tragedies of all time it 's safe to assume it’s writer had a good method for tearing their characters lives apart. In Shakespeare 's Macbeth, the playwright uses the main character’s ideas about predetermined fate to plummet him into insanity. Macbeth’s fate was not determined by outside powerful forces but by his own actions and decisions, and ultimately the tragic nature of his fate was caused by his assumption that his fate was sealed. Macbeth initially has no reason to believe in any certain path his life would take. Because of this Macbeth acts unselfishly and makes an effective hero.
In both stories we are introduced to Macbeth and Ahab who originally are portrayed as very noble men. Ahab was the king of Samaria and held a high place of leadership and Macbeth was called a hero. In the very beginning of the book a bleeding sergeant proclaimed, "For brave Macbeth — well he deserves that name — ..." (Shakespeare Act 1, Scene 2), he was considered a brave man. Unfortunately, their personalities were very quickly hindered . Both men allowed their ambitions to lead them to do unthinkable things, including murder.
As Norton states: “Far more than any other of Shakespeare’s villains, more than the homicidal Richard III, the treacherous Claudius in Hamlet, and the cold-hearted Iago in Othello, Macbeth is fully aware of the wickedness of his deeds and is tormented by this awareness. Endowed with a clear-eyed grasp of the differences between good and evil, he chooses evil, even though the choice horrifies and sickens him” (837). In 1.7, Macbeth exhaustively weighs the morality of his decision: “But in these cases, we still have judgment here, that we but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague th’ inventor. This even-handed justice commends th’ ingredience of our poisoned chalice to our own lips” (1.7.7 – 12). Macbeth is clearly debating his choice – he is controlled by his own conscience, not a third
On Macbeth's quest for power, he will do anything to reach his goal. He begins to lie to those all around them. Although there are a handful of themes present in Macbeth, power is the most important theme displayed, and is strongly supported by the motif of equivocation and lying. As the play begins, we are introduced to the war heros, Banquo and Macbeth. Macbeth became a favorite to Duncan and wanted to please him.
It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero. He is strong, brave, and courageous but is also boastful and seeks only fame and glory. These characteristics are examples of things that could be related to hyper masculinity and are not necessarily desired in a hero today. In the quote “They have seen my strength for themselves, Have watched me rise from the darkness of war, Dripping with my enemies' blood. I drove Five great giants into chains, chased All of that race from the earth.
Macbeth’s tragic flaw is ambition, Macbeth desired more that he had, and sacrifices his honor, mind, life, and relationships to have authority and power. Macbeth is an example of a Shakespearean tragic hero because he displays all the characteristics and because of Macbeth’s tragic flaw, ambition, which ultimately leads to Macbeth’s downfall. Macbeth portrays the Shakespearean tragic hero, because he has all the characteristics and qualities of one. A Shakespearean tragic hero is a figure of high statue with a noble background. The person is mainly good, but is
Ambition empowers Macbeth to face guilt, greediness and great oppression. His excessive ambitious motivation of becoming king leads himself to his own downfall. Praised and heroic to all, Macbeth is introduced as a courageous and brave soldier. Shakespeare intends to shape Macbeth initially as a good character to epitomise the effect of his corruption. Evidence of this is seen in Act 1, when the Captain describes Macbeth as brave and “…well he deserves that name (Act 1 Scene 2).
The Tragedy of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is an expressive and enticing play that is set in the country of Scotland. Macbeth, the main character, allows his pride and greed to provoke him to take drastic measures in order to obtain what he desires, without contemplating the results of his actions. A prominent theme within the story is the unfailing ambition evidenced continuously through the characteristics, actions, and words of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. To begin, the various characteristics of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth display their ambitious, yet somewhat hidden, desires. Due to his position as a nobleman and Thane, Macbeth is an esteemed and trusted hero among his people.
The third claim is how Shakespeare 's work gives literature professionals a strong basis for how literature is or should be. Actors are performers, and performers know about literature and how to present that literature in the most appealing way possible. Actors from the film "Why Shakespeare?" by Lawrence Bridges, present a soliloquy from any work of Shakespeare, and they present with professionalism. Chiwetel Ejiofor performs Hamlet from Hamlet with a vigorous tone yet perfect speed, he knows how to give a professional act.
Molière changed acting from what it had previously been by adding what many call “naturalness.” Prior to Molière many theatres focused on reusing characters and ideas, but Molière added individuality to every character he played and created, as well as adding amore show specific prop and scene elements. While in modern times we have greatly adapted our acting methods in recent years, the way that Molière changed theatre can still be seen today. In modern times shows have become so individualized that the same show can be completely different depending on those who bring it to life. This adds a great deal of diversity and allows people to tell stories the way they see them rather than just repeating what others have done before, and while this is not exclusively due to Molière, his impact is anything but a small