Ultimately, Macbeth’s actions answer the essential questions of Shakespearean tragedies, namely, “What is a man? Of what is he capable? What are his moral…limits?” (Ramsey 285). Illustrating his answer through Macbeth’s downfall, Shakespeare shows exactly what man can become without morals; specifically, Shakespeare asserts that the loss of morality causes damage that cannot be undone.
Brutus’ emotional wound ultimately deals with his internal conflict of the decision to kill Caesar in order to better Rome. In addition, he deals with such difficulty over the decision because his reason to kill Caesar does not come out of hatred or jealousy, but due to his fear of life under Caesar’s rule. In Act I, scene ii, lines 39-40, Brutus says, “Merely upon myself. Vexéd I am / Of late passions of some difference” (Shakespeare 848).
Macbeth was contemplating the consequences of murdering Duncan and foresees his future of being overthrown by righteousness. He is worried that “This even-handed justice/ Commends th’ ingredience if our poisoned chalice/ To our own lips.” (1.7.10-12). Macbeth, at this point, have not been obsessed with lust for power. He raised self-awareness that the violence he used to wrongly proclaim himself king will be used to take vengeance against him.
The voices he hears that threaten: “Macbeth shall sleep no more” indicate a relationship between guilt and madness. Therefore, the manifestation of the dagger suggests that he feels guilty because of his attempt to murder Duncan. There are three major transitions of thought. First, he contemplates about the dagger’s existence; the second is the invocations of dark images; finally, there is the bell that cuts off Macbeth’s contemplations. The transitions between topics indicate that while Macbeth feels guilty for the murder, his determination makes him ignore
In order to be believable for readers, the insults must be very painful for Montresor, so it urges him to commit such a crime. “The Cask of Amontillado” is missing an important element of Montresor’s motivation to punish Fortunato by burying him alive. Montresor neglects to explain how Fortunato insults him as the story lays the foundation at the opening paragraph, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” (Poe 866); however, no evidence to be found in the story to support Montresor’s claim.
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.
This conveys Macbeth’s character at the beginning to be a misrepresentation because for him to have killed Duncan who was his king and cousin as well as Banquo a friend and man who he fought alongside in the war is not the actions of a noble man. However, he first acts on his ambition in (2.1) when Macbeth makes his “is this dagger before me” speech; he acknowledges that what he sees is not real, but through this vaulting ambition he visualizes the dagger as sign that he should kill Duncan. After he kills Duncan it is apparent that his
“Better be with the dead” Here Macbeth says that it is best that he be with King Duncan in the grave, rather than alive and having to cope with his mental instabilities. The reader can note the dark nature of these thoughts, which is further evidence into the declining mental health of Macbeth. “Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,” It is here that the irony is seen in the sense that out of desperation for the Kingship Macbeth had killed King Duncan with the intention obtaining freedom from his evil thoughts, “Than on the torture of the mind to lie” Instead however, Macbeth has been the opposite of serene as he is still troubled by malignant thoughts. The reader can note that Macbeth himself acknowledges the decline in his state of mind as he speaks to “the torture of the mind” Shakespeare makes it apparent that Macbeth is fighting a mental battle with himself, and is obviously
He also later finds out that he is a difficult man to murder, so it goes to his head and he believes he 's invincible. In Shakespeare 's Macbeth, the theme of blind ambition is developed through the motif of blood as seen in the assassination of King Duncan, the murder of Banquo, and the outcome of the second apparition. The assassination of Duncan was bloody and was the first act that was influenced by Macbeth’s blind ambition to be King. Macbeth at first tries to fight his ambition, he says, “First I am his kinsman and his subject,/Strong both against the deed: then, as his host,/Who should against his murderer shut the door,/Not bear the knife myself.”
Following Desdemona’s murder, the satanic allusion in Emilia’s accusations “thou art a devil … thou art rash as fire” reduces Othello’s initially high status of an honourable soldier to that of a “cuckhold”. This loss of his positive image leads to Othello’s self-execution in an act of attempted atonement, portrayed in the paradoxical statement “for nought I did in hate, but all in honour …” demonstrates his preoccupation to salvage his reputation. Othello’s inability to face the consequences of his actions, resulting from his obsession with reputation facilitates his ultimate demise and the pathos in this allows the play to retain relevance with modern
To this scene, Elizabeth Griffith offers her view of the situation by saying: “Here our detestation and abhorrence … serves to heighten our reinforcement of the injury. ”2 Indeed, the reader is pulled into this realm, like Titus, of wanting more blood, more hewn body parts to be added to the protagonist’s belt. It is interesting that, while he was so determined when killing his earlier son and causing the death the beloved son of a vulnerable and helpless, he is so desperate to save his sons from possible death. The answer is obvious: his sons are not dying by his command.
The quest for power in literature leas the character’s actions which in turn reveal and enhance the reason why the work was written. Shakespeare uses Macbeth and his quest for power in order to show that the desire for power leads to the fall of these tyrannical people. First, Macbeth’s quest for power shows how easily anyone can seek power which causes actions that one would normally not do. Macbeth was a nobleman who had met witches that told him he would become king which he believed meant that he had to kill the king.
The Most Important (An analysis of the importance of act 4;2) The story of Macbeth is an interesting and intricate story to say the least. A story loosely based around insanity and murder it is considered one of the most important stories of all times. Written by a famous man, William Shakespeare, this play is a story of betrayal and literal backstabbing to achieve the good and the rightful outcome of the story.
In the play Macbeth, the character Macbeth has many different roles. He is an ambitious man with inner conflicts. Throughout the play he had many different character transitions and motives. Most of his motives are his wife commanding him to do what she says, so his motives are not self-motivating, they are from other characters. Sometimes Macbeth does not know what to do with himself so he asks the people around him for assurance.
With respect to Shakespeare’s drama Macbeth, Macbeth is a successful general who through a series of treacherous acts would later ascend to the medieval Scottish throne. In an effort to claim the Scottish throne and prevent some undesirable prophesies from witches, Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth organized a series of murders and assassinations targeting King Duncan and his probable heirs. Out of guilt and shame attributed to the treacherous acts, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are haunted by troubled consciences, initiating their fateful endings. Admittedly, the emotional forces of shame and guilt played roles in directing Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to their early graves. Prior to analyzing the roles of shame and guilt in influencing the character’s