Theme Of Isolation In Macbeth

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Isolation: Cause and Effect Dalai Lama once said, “Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.” Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth show this because their greed, ambition, and guilt lead them down the path of isolation and ultimately, there downfall. Shakespeare’s Macbeth clearly shows the cause and effect of human isolation which is also present in the real world. Macbeth starts off as a loyal supporter of the king. Throughout the play, his character morphs into a man with little empathy or conscience. Near the end of the play, Macbeth says, “She should have died hereafter; /There would have been a time for such a word” (V,v,16-17). During this scene, Lady…show more content…
The slippery slope that lead to this started off with their own ambition. Many people have experienced jealousy and the want to be on top of the world. When Malcolm is named successor of the king, Macbeth feels hatred and betrayal. Because of what the witches said and the fulfillment of one of their prophecies, Macbeth was certain that he would become king. When this ball of glory and hope was ripped away from him, his ambition took over. Later on, his guilt and paranoia speeds up his seclusion from society. Generally, isolation is the result of ones own action. OJ Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, and Miley Cyrus have all been subject to their own action, all resulting in the fall from society’s grace. Now, society shuns them for what they have done in the past, not letting them climb back to the correct path. People tend to forget about the good they have done and focus on the bad. This is why gossip magazines and tabloids are so addictive. People do not forget mistakes easily. Isolation comes from both the actions of oneself and societies unwillingness to forgive and
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