The Contemporary Connections Between Macbeth and Today William Shakespeare 's Macbeth is a play that portrays a tragic event and that has many contemporary influences. Despite the fact that this play is from the past, the materials discussed throughout the play display various themes that are still very relevant to this day. This tragedy tells a tale of a heroic soldier that seeks into a prophecy composed by a group of witches. The prophecy foreshadows a heroic soldier becoming king of Scotland. Macbeth, in which is the brave soldier soon eagerly decides to follow the prophecy in which he becomes king.
Comparison and distinction between Macbeth and Banquo Macbeth and Banquo are two main characters in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth. While the two men do initially have some similarities, they also are very different. In the play courage, ambition, and loyalty play major roles in how the characters Macbeth and Banquo behave and react. Both Macbeth and Banquo present all three of these behaviours at one time or another during the play. Firstly, the captain recalls Macbeth’s heroic performance in battle against Macdonald’s forces by telling King Duncan, “For Brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name) - Disdaining fortune with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution” (Shakespeare 1.2.16-18).
At first, he second guessed the bloody murder of his king. However, his wife, Lady Macbeth, talked him into this by calling him a coward and asking if he was a man. To prove to her that he was a strong individual, he followed through with the act of killing King Duncan. This confirms that the pressure of others persuaded Macbeth’s actions. Macbeth wanted the blame to be placed on someone other than himself so the people showed loyalty to him as the new king.
She says he is “afeard” and that he is a “coward”, this presents the reader with the lady’s manipulative mindset, and opens up the idea of her being the culprit. Although making him think that he is only a man if he kills Duncan is an action to be reckoned with when looking at who is amiss, it is only the idea that leads to the action. Only with a deeper look can one understand that lady Macbeth is not the “smoking gun” of the play, as Macbeth himself is the one who decided to literally cause Duncan’s demise. As the play continues, Macbeth reveals his murderous nature yet again, as he does not tell apart friends from
This allows him to not only get sympathy from ready but to also get readers angry. These are simply the evidence that made Macbeth, himself. In the beginning Macbeth has a strong purpose, and lives to protect his king and serve him in any way that the king may ask him. First, Macbeth is easily known for his values and how he follows through with anything
This quote proves he will do anything to right what is wrong in the kingdom, which indicates not only character development but bravery as well, especially when he joins his army to fight against Macbeth in war. Recruiting Macduff for the battle against Macbeth ultimately corroborated as a smart idea, especially since he was the one that was able to defeat Macbeth at the end. Overall, Lady Macbeth and Malcolm, even as the secondary antagonist and protagonist, display important examples of courage for both good and
In the story of Macbeth, the story’s protagonist, Macbeth, is shown as an example of a Shakespearean tragic hero because he shows the characteristics of Aristotle's’ defined tragic hero. A result of Macbeth’s demise is caused by the tragic flaw Macbeth has, which is ambition. Macbeth’s development of character is shattered from a man of nobility to his own destruction. “A tragic hero is a person of noble birth with heroic or potentially heroic qualities,” all which Macbeth meets the standard of. 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.
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.
In the beginning of “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” Macbeth is revered as a courageous war hero who fought bravely among his comrades. After Macbeth returns from war, King Duncan comes to his castle to visit. Upon seeing Macbeth, the King exclaims “O worthiest cousin! / The sin of my ingratitude even now / Was heavy on me: thou art so far before, / That swiftest wing of recompenses is slow / to overtake thee” (Shakespeare 1.5.14-18). King Duncan is commending Macbeth for his brave actions during battle.
The moral of Shakespeare’s play is to always keep your morals and not let greed and ambition take control. In the play Macbeth, Macbeth’s good traits slowly transform into bad qualities until there is nothing left but a greedy, murdering tyrant. In the course of the play, Macbeth changes from a loyal thane of Scotland to a disloyal, murdering tyrant. Loyalty is a strong feeling of support or allegiance to someone or something. Macbeth clearly demonstrates loyalty to many people at the beginning of the play.