In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth experiences ambition for power. After sacrificing his conscience along with the lives of innocent people Macbeth finally comes to realize the futility of his venture as he declares,“Out, out, brief candle! / Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage / And then is heard no more”(V.iv.57).
Macbeth has a nihilistic ideology, which is his downfall, and Shakespeare states that people should not live their lives with the ideology of Macbeth. After Lady Macbeth kills herself, Macbeth’s nihilistic mindset is revealed when he goes into a monologue stating that life is pointless and “signif[ies] nothing” (V, v, 30). Macbeth is so torn by the death of his wife that he sees life as pointless and fruitless. He believes that our actions and accomplishments are insignificant, and if death is inevitable, life must have no meaning. This is the basic concept of nihilism, in which life is considered to be meaningless.
Macbeth fails at killing who he wants to. Gale writes, “The doctor says that there is nothing he can do for her, noting that she needs spiritual and not physical healing.” (Gale 1). Gale is referring to Lady Macbeth’s mental and physical state. The killings that were executed by her husband took a strong toll on her.
In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, the three letters affect the plot and outcome of the play by bringing death, banishment, and resolution to the play. Romeo’s letter resolves numerous issues toward the end of the play by showing and explaining what has really happened. The letter made by Friar Lawrence causes many tragedies, including death by the mistakes made in the delivery of the letter which eventually changes the play’s outcome. Tybalt’s letter alters the outcome of the play by developing a feud in the play between two characters which eventually leads to unpleasant events.
Thus he lashes out at everyone, alienates his wife, loses her to her madness and despair and ultimately finds himself utterly alone having lost everything yet he is unable or unwilling to surrender or admit defeat and so instead he fights to the bitter end.” (Evelyn O’Connor, Macbeth’s Soliloquies). The tragic hero’s hardship is not always wholly deserved. The punishment does often exceed the crime. Some argue that Macbeth does not entirely deserve to die as a result of his actions.
He feels so guilty that he thinks that what he did will never get better. He is seeing the consequence of listening to the witches. This is an example of guilt because at that point he would do anything to take it back. Another example of guilt is the hallucinations that Macbeth has after he kills someone.
Poor communication can cause a variety of different, devastating problems. This is conveyed in the play of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. A major communication problem that occurs is Friar Lawrence's letter to Romeo never got delivered because the wedding was moved up a day. When Romeo does not get the letter he is told by a friend that Juliet is dead. All because of this poor communication Romeo thinks Juliet is dead and kills himself.
To maintain his power, he kills anyone who is a threat to his power. Yet, in the end, it is all for nought. Macbeth is seen for who he truly is and the country turns against him. Macbeth ends up losing the position he gained through murder by being killed himself. Shakespeare’s lesson that “blood will have blood” is the reason Macbeth loses all he has gained by blood.
According to an article entitled Tempestuous Turbulence in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth it states “ Storms and tragedies might look natural a phenomenon. Shakespearean hero is impacted by the overwhelming conditions as the storms run the creation dry of life. Regrettably, the hero turns out to be just a natural piece, and struck by reality of pain and consumed by his nerves, loses courage and fails everyone. He supremely lacks the undaunted spirit that permeates a spiritually cultivated being, pursuing the art of living.” This indicates that Shakespeare had some similarities with different plays, but it also shows how Macbeth lets his ambition takes the best of him making him kill Duncan, Macduff’s family, and Banquo and eventually leading him to his own
“Ha, good father, Thou seest, the heavens, as troubled with man's act, threaten his bloody stage. By th' clock, 'tis day, and yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp. Is't night's predominance or the day's shame that darkness does the face of earth entomb when living light should kiss it?” To which an old man replied, “‘Tis unnatural, even like the deed that's done.” It is said that to kill your liege lord is the second most unnatural crime during the dark ages, the first being fratricide, the killing of one’s family.
Imagine living a life, but being unable to differentiate god actions from bad actions, just like that of 11th century Scotland in William Shakespeare’s world renowned, classic tragedy, the play, Macbeth. Through the course of the play, order is cast aside, chaos ensues and nobody can justify what thoughts and actions are fair and which are foul. For Macbeth, the king’s most brave and valiant warrior, his mind becomes clouded with greed and ambition, what he sees as fair is actually foul, he just doesn’t realize because the order of society has been discast. The inability for the characters to distinguish right from wrong, in addition to the social disorder “that takes the reason prisoner” (Shakespeare I.iii.88), are what lead to the
Death is the main recurring theme throughout Shakespeare’s Macbeth and is an important element for the play. Several characters share their opinions on death throughout the play regarding how much significance and meaning a death holds. Malcolm and Siward share their thoughts later in the play that how a person dies holds significant meaning to his or her life as well as his or her afterlife. Macbeth, however, believes that death and life are both meaningless and that how you die holds no significance.
Shakespeare, also known as the “Bard of Avon” (the nickname was provided by wikipedia), is one of the most famous and influential authors of english literature. In September 2008, at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, Michael Mack (a professor) presented his opinion on the value of reading Shakespeare as a speech to college freshman. While presenting his opinion, Mack makes a compelling argument that even though reading Shakespeare is hard, it is worth it in the end and not only is it as important as other courses you may take in college but you will also gain something from it. His use of rhetorical devices and claims helps him support his argument.