Shakespeare Macbeth (1606), tells the catastrophic story of Macbeth’s bloody rise to power and then tragic downfall. (Harcour, 2016) Shakespeare, conveys a theme that integrity can be overpowered and destroyed by ambition. The theme is demonstrated throughout the play by the clever use of literary devices and language features. Shakespeare focuses on how Macbeth’s integrity is damaged and diminished due to his ambitions. At the first stage, a Captain describes Macbeth as a loyal subject dedicated to serve King Duncan.
Macbeth’s integrity becomes undone in Act two, Scene two, consequently, the complete destruction of his honour is delivered in a killing blow in Act Five, Scene eight. Firstly, in Act one, Scene two, Macbeth beholds as a man of integrity; which displayed through the literary devices Shakespeare used to emphasise his nobility in battle. By first exploring the mayhem of combat utilising a metaphor, Shakespeare advances to express the fulsome bravery of Macbeth as a warrior to the King. “Doubtful it stood, as two spent swimmers that do cling together and choke their art,” (1.2.7-9). (Acosta, 2014)The use of this metaphor is to prove Macbeth was a brave, loyal and ferocious warrior in a battle that held little hope for either side.
William Shakespeare, one of history’s legendary writers, created the play Macbeth with a tragedy that still burns with pity and sadness for Macbeth to this very day. From Macbeth’s tragic flaws, his continuous errors in judgement, to his complete downfall, this character actively demonstrates many characteristics of a Shakespearean tragic hero. The character Macbeth is a tragic hero in the play Macbeth. One of the reasons how Macbeth is a tragic hero is by his tragic flaws. In the play, the audience receives a sense of Macbeth’s ambition from this quote: “I have no spur/to prick the sides of my intent, but only/vaulting ambition, which overlaps itself/and falls on the others” (1,7,25-28).
Shakespeare believes that ambition, when taken too far leads to our destruction as shown through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a heroic soldier who fights for the king without mercy, but he has track by ambition, his curious nature and his wife’s ambition lead him to the witches who told him the prophecies. After the second prophecy has come true, Macbeth has become the thane of Cawdor. He has led to the growth of his ambition by his thought “whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and Ames my seated heart knock at my rib again the use of nature? Present fears are less than horrible imaginings” (1.3.150).
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play by William Shakespeare set in Scotland about a murderous and vehement king who spirals on a path of destruction as he suffers from the consequences of determining his own fate. The predominant theme portrayed throughout the play is honor vs. loyalty. This is represented through the identification, actions, and quotes of numerous characters. To introduce the theme of honor vs. disloyalty, the characters Banquo and Macbeth exemplify traits that are equivalent with the moral of the story. In various parts of the play, Banquo can be characterized as loyal, thoughtful, and trustworthy.
In this play, a series of events take place: starting with Macbeth being prophesied as being king, his ambition to seize the throne, and his death as a corrupted ruler. The word “kingship” in this play implies both goodness and corruption that leads to the overall theme of disrupting the natural order and the expansion of distrust within the royal court. Macbeth’s ambition to be “Scotland’s King” starts when the weird sisters announce, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! /All hail, Macbeth!
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” is a quote used to start off the play “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” That quote is used to portray how everything in life that is fair is more than likely not okay, and everything that is not okay is fair. This play was written in 1606 by William Shakespeare. How is this play still relevant to this day in time? In this play, Shakespeare tells the story of a hateful king. The play shows the readers the story of vicious man who wants power.
Macbeth demonstrates both literal and figurative nobility as the plot beings to grow throughout the play. Literal nobility is shown at the beginning of the play when the audience is shown macbeth is a general, and a good one at that. This is demonstrated in (I.II.2) “For brave Macbeth well he deserves that name disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel, which smok’d with bloody excecution, like valor’s minion carv’d out his passage, till he face’d the slave”. This shows that as a noble general, Macbeth deserves more. However, his nobility falls short in act 2 scene 7 after he kills King Duncan to take the throne.
Nobility of Birth, is the first requirement for a tragic hero: the hero has to start off as a hero, respected and often of royal descent. Macbeth, starts off the play in this state. Macbeth has just won a major battle, already is a Thane of Glamis and is about to become Thane of Cawdor, which are positions of nobility. Macbeth is described in the beginning as, “Brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name-Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel” (Shakespeare Act I, Scene II). The moral character of Macbeth, at this moment is clear.
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare.It was written sometime between 1599 and 1606, and was first performed in 1611. The play is about a warrior named Macbeth, and the crimes he commits to become a king, and his eventual downfall. Macbeth’s downfall is caused by the crimes he commits, as well as the lack of compassion that he feels towards his people. One of the most important factors that led to the downfall of Macbeth were the crimes that he committed to become the king, and eventual tyrant. The first time he kills in the play is in Act Two Scene One, where he kills the current king, Duncan.
In Macbeth, Shakespeare writes about a man named Macbeth, who has a very strong ambition to be the the king of Scotland. His credulousness led him into believing the prophecy from the three witches without thinking rigorously. Because of this prophecy, Macbeth is willing to do everything he can to gain the throne, even to the extreme of murdering someone. Shakespeare uses syntax, similes, and personification to convey the evolution of Macbeth’s insanity. Before Macbeth’s entanglement in bloody deeds, Shakespeare portrays Macbeth as rational.
Nevertheless, the encouragements of the witches and Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is entirely accountable for his own downfall. Throughout the Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth is a tragic hero who abolishes himself by his own wicked and selfish determinations. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is portrayed as a brave, noble hero of Scotland who has fearlessly won the war. As the story progresses, Macbeth soon becomes a tyrant king who is willing to kill anyone who becomes a danger to his kingdom. Although Macbeth is influenced by a number of things, his deep desire and character persuades his ambition.