Importance of control elsewhere in the play • How control is shown • Reasons for control within the play Control is a recurring theme in the play "Macbeth" as it warns the audience of the repercussions of trying to control your fate. The first key event where control features in a significant way is the witches' prophecies. They tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland which establishes the importance of fate. Shakespeare conveys the witches as agents of evil that are deceptive and dangerous, "oftentimes to win us to our harm/the instruments of darkness tell us truths," showing that they use truth itself to influence a horrible outcome (Macbeth's tragic demise.) Their message is compelling and attractive and we
In Shakespeare 's Macbeth, Malcolm describes Lady Macbeth as a “fiend-like Queen” The definition of fiend is someone who has an evil spirit, a person who is a cruel, brutal or spiteful person and is extremely wicked. Shakespeare presents elements of wicked deception in Lady Macbeth’s character throughout the play through her choice of form and language which is used to mask the evil of the deed she is convincing him to do, an example of this is in Act 1 Scene 5 when she chooses to use the word ‘dispatch’ over ‘murder’ to desensitize the horror of the killing. This is an effective choice of language from Lady Macbeth as it tricks Macbeth into believing the death of King Duncan was inevitable as it had already been prophecised so therefore he wasn’t committing treason, murder or disrupting the natural order which was believed to have been decided by God at the time by society.
. Speak, I charge you" (1.3.78-81). After people learn about the desire for power one has, the fear of what they think of them may be translated into rage. Desire for power can also bring out a fearful confusion between right and wrong. After receiving the prophecy from the witches, Macbeth is dragged into a "fantastical" frame of mind (1.3.152).
In Arthur Miller’s Play, The Crucible, Miller demonstrated that it was Abigale Williams’ flaws, flaws such as lust, Vengefulness, and Jealousy. The book the crucible is based off of a town called Salem in Massachusetts. The town is well known because of their witch hunts they had in the 17th century. The witch hunts were mostly based off of suspicion, or because someone blamed someone of being a witch because he or she disliked this person. If you were accused of being a witch then your public image was ruined or put to death.
Therefore, Cathy places an important role in the plot of evil is human nature. Cathy has a significant role in the novel. Steinbeck uses her for contrasting the other characters. By revealing that Catchy is truly evil, conveys how innocent the other characters are, even if they do commit dark actions. In addition, by comparing and indicating Cathy to a devil and a witch shows that she is inhuman.
In The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, the addition of the excluded scene would enhance the performance of the play. The addition of the excluded scene would contribute to the theme of hysteria. In scene 2.2, Abigail calls the villagers hypocrites and continues on this thought, saying, “And God gave me the strength to call them liars, and God made men listen to me, and by God I will scrub the world clean for the love of Him” (Miller 141). Abigail’s delusions emphasize that the villagers feel the need to execute sinners. The villagers fear sin, and the aim of their witch hunts is to purify their microcosm.
Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is a dark play full of witchcraft and foreshadowing. Lady Macbeth showed scheming qualities throughout the play which had a lot of influence on her husband, Macbeth. Because of her controlling personality, Macbeth was scared to disappoint her. She was the one who positioned the idea of Duncan’s murder into her husband’s mind where he was succumbed by her supremacies and made the ultimate mistake. It was also her idea to place the blame of Duncan’s death on the soldiers.
From reading this drama, some people can infer that Lady Macbeth supports her husband’s injurious scheme to kill King Duncan and the witches made Macbeth feel arrogant about himself. “Pressure is the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something.” In William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, Macbeth experience pressure
and obtains the title, which trigger an arrogant and self-absorbed thinking leading to madness and finally, death. The play seems to bring up the question, whether Macbeth is fully responsible of his own destiny, or under control of fate. In the first glance, the play seems to take rather fatalistic direction, meaning that we are powerless to make decisions as they are inevitably determined by supernatural power (Hugh 1)) It is due to the presence of supernatural forces throughout the whole play that systematically fulfills the prophecy; therefore the witches represent the idea of fate in the play. However, Shakespeare seems to rather intertwine fate with free will and perhaps even promotes the second philosophy as the play evolves. Free Will over Fate in Macbeth This theory is obvious in a scene, where Macbeth is consciously deciding to kill king Duncan.
1. Shakespeare opens the play by showing the witches for several different reasons. One of these reasons includes the fact to set up the scene by creating a mood/tone. The mood/tone that is created is dark, ominous, and enigmatic as witches are known to be evil and wicked. This mood/tone was also created because Macbeth is known to be a tragedy play.
Many died from those trials and it was a great tragedy that left the community damaged. The idea of witches stemmed from religious folks believing that the Devil could give certain people, known as witches, the power to harm others in return for their loyalty (Smithsonian). Due to the popularity of religion and supernatural beliefs, many people believed that the source of evil was the Devil. This idea appeared in Europe as early as the 14th century and it was quite popular in New England colonies. Villagers often blamed unfortunate things upon the Devil and other spectral sources of evil due to their lack of knowledge.
Also when casting a spell, in Act IV Scene I. the wicked sisters put in their cauldron a “witches mummy” (1713). The wicked sisters are easily to be identified as witches and their true nature is revealed. Those that deal with witchcraft have given up their claim to either masculinity or femininity. True witches use the duel gender roles to take the fertility of their victims, but only to those who fall for the tricks. True evil is shown in the play Macbeth and Shakespeare wanted the people, especially King James, to understand and recognize an actual witch in hopes of stopping the brutal murders of guiltless
Women are evil, or the epitome of. This has become an unsightly, though commonly used, metaphor in literature and even daily lives. In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, it is stressed subtly that the nature of evil sprouts from women. This can be seen in the characters of the Weird Sisters and their Queen, Hecate, and Lady Macbeth. From the beginning, the Weird Sisters, or the Three Witches, were the seed of temptation planted inside of Macbeth.