Role Of Motivation In Macbeth

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In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, there are various motivations that can lead an individual's course of action. The ambitions and motivation that an individual develop through life are the very factors that play an important role in shaping their identity and character. In fact, some of these factors have the potential to influence the minds and behaviours of many other individuals. William Shakespeare demonstrates how an individual can start off with a significant and meaningless purpose, but then become so altered by the environment that they are placed in, that they establish motivations and aspirations that radically impact both themselves and others around them. This motivation that he discusses in the play not only impact…show more content…
In the play, motivation is presented as a dangerous quality. It causes the downfall of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and triggers a series of deaths and downfalls. Motivation is clearly the driving force of the play. Furthermore, a central concept that shapes the intricate moral lessons in Macbeth is that of betrayal and its futile and impermanent nature. Though Macbeth is reluctant at first to commit the most evil deeds, he is wholly convinced by Lady Macbeth, a driving force of motivation within the play. Lady Macbeth plays a key part in driving Macbeth’s motivations and encourages Macbeth to overcome his strong sense of guilt and take action on the prophecies. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth that he is “green” (I.VII.40) and “a coward” (I.VII.46) and that he resembles the proverbial “poor cat”. (I.VII.48) The willingness of Lady Macbeth to reach the epitome of betrayal is displaced that heightens the understanding of the overpowering and strong nature of Lady Macbeth as well as the deep and murderous motivations she wishes to impose on her husband. Shakespeare exposes to the audience to the persuasive and emotive techniques Lady Macbeth uses to manipulate and drive Macbeth's motivations. This

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