What drives apparently good men to become ruthless, ambitious, jealous and greedy? We see an example of this in the play “Macbeth” performed at Pop Up Globe, directed by Tom Mallaburn, was written originally by the well-known author, William Shakespeare. Macbeth is based upon a big tragedy, where the two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, inevitably were forced to do evil things due to their ambition; taste the sweetness of victory and then downfall again. Although the play was written by an English author, Shakespeare smartly sets his story based upon the idea of ambition, a concept that relates to all of us, no matter where we are from. We have to admit that in our minds, the concept of power and ambition is linked to men.
Historical Lens Impact on Macbeth The historical lens allows the reader to understand the time periods effect on the text through significant effects. In Macbeth, Shakespeare portrays this lens very effectively through the plot of the play. Macbeth took place in Scotland during the Middle Ages where political ambition had a big impact on society. The political warfare lead to the demise of many of the people during the time and led Macbeth to his own demise. There was also traditions and beliefs that many of the people had to conform to for the sake of their lives like witches and success lineages.
However, when she begins to tell Macbeth her ideas he attempts to be steadfast in his loyalty to King Duncan. Macbeth states that “We will proceed no further in this business:/he hath honoured me of late;” (1.7.507-508). Macbeth’s only issue with murdering King Duncan is that he just got honored by him and that would be rude. Again it does not take much time for Macbeth’s ambition to take control due to his wife stating how much more of a man he could be if he just went through with it. Despite these influences Macbeth is in control of his own actions.
on the other hand after Macbeth met the three witched he fond out he was about to become king and after finding out he was about to become king joy greed and ambition filled in him which changed him dramatically he didn’t care who dies in his path has long as his throne was secure he would do anything he didn’t care for the common good just for himself. After this
Due to ambition most of humanities’ greatest triumphs would not be possible, but it is also important to understand that uncontrolled ambition is the cause of humanities’ ultimate downfall. Throughout Shakespeare’s Macbeth the most crucial theme is ambition. This is shown all through the play by the Weird Sister’s prophecy, Lady Macbeth’s desires, and the consequences of uncontrolled ambition. Ambition is a critical theme in Macbeth it is illustrated by the weird sister’s prophecies that leads to the development of ambition for Macbeth. The first prophecy that the Weird Sister’s depicted is that Macbeth will become the King.
The representation of power in Macbeth is effectively developed through the impact my supernatural power has on Macbeth in comparison to Banquo. Shakespeare’s intention for Macbeth was to reflect his close relationship with the sovereign and pay homage to his king’s Scottish history. The play, Macbeth has developed the theme of power through the representation of my character’s
When first learn of the planning of Banquo’s murder in act III, scene 1, when Macbeth meets with the two murderers. When speaking of Banquo to the men, he tells of how he can survive while Banquo is still alive, even though Banquo has never wronged Macbeth, but just because he knows of the witches prophecy (Shakespeare, 3.1). This means that Macbeth wants to kill Banquo for just knowing of the future that already came true and no good reason at all. He then goes on to not even tell Lady Macbeth, his wife, of his plan, even though she was in on it with him from the start. In the beginning, “When Lady Macbeth is trying to convince him to do the murderous deed,” Macbeth only becomes convinced to do it after, “she first impugns his courage” (Berquist, 111).
INTERVIEWER: Welcome back to Reinventing the Classics, I am your host Edward Caulfield. I am currently situated at the set of Oliver Hill’s new movie, The Red King. This new movie is a reiteration of acclaimed play Macbeth, which was written by Shakespeare. Oliver’s new film unveils the corrupting force of power and what someone with evil ambitions would do to achieve and hold this power. To help explain further Oliver has joined me today to help us better understand this.
The reason some readers may give him that name is for all the killing Macbeth does in order to become king. The audience believes that Macbeth was under realization of what he was doing for his own good. They also consider him an antagonist because Macbeth told Lady Macbeth “To know my deed ‘twere best not know myself” (2.2.71). There the audience knows that Macbeth understands what he did but he is trying to forget. But many see him still as a tragic hero because his flaw is what allowed him to proceed with the killing.