On a political scale, during the year of 1605, the Romans planted gunpowder underneath Parliament in a plot to assassinate King James. Although this plot failed and King James lived, the Romans were content with their plan as it put the English in a state of paranoia and fearfulness. three years later, Shakespeare wrote Macbeth and there is clear evidence to suggest that Shakespeare’s inspiration to write this book was based on this plot now known as the ‘Gunpowder plot’. Shakespeare wrote this play to explore what might have happened if a King I.e. King Duncan, were to have been murdered, and his play portrays the same fears and anxieties as the English experienced after the gunpowder plot.
With his words and power as King, he sent Hamlet to England to “get better” from his illness. Along with that he sent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two of Hamlet’s old friends, to supervise Hamlet and confirm he would meet his doom. Claudius had arranged an execution for Hamlet, to get rid of him permanently. Behind these acts of deception, we can see Claudius had wanted power, and would do anything to achieve it. This makes
Shakespeare had his own many reasons for doing this. Shakespeare knew that adding drama to the play would increase excitement. Macbeth is first introduced into the play as a well liked hero that King Duncan had sent to crush a rebellion. Macbeth seems to be a valiant and noble man. There is an example that involves this.
Shakespeare shows the reader that one persons greed can get him killed and other people around to turn on him, By showing the reader what decisions Macbeth made to elevate his status in power. The kind of people who changed around them and how they changed. Furthermore in Act 1, Macbeth is given a prophecy that he would become king by three witches. This leads to him into thinking greedy and commiting murder. He acted because his first prophecy came true about being thane of cawdor.
Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatum, be a coward or kill the king. Macbeth succumbs to evil and in doing so, betrays his King. You could argue that when he ‘wore the Thane of Cawdor’s robes’ he became a traitor like the Thane of Cawdor. His traitorous actions would have been met with death at that time. God's divine order is disturbed as Macbeth challenges God by killing the God appointed King and assuming the role for himself in his quest for power.
Macbeth claims “[He]Put rancors in the vessel of [his own] peace/Only for [Banquo and his son], and mine eternal jewel/Given to the common enemy of man,/To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!”(3.1.67-70). He seems to be in disbelief and is trying to convince himself that Banquo’s son would not become King. Until he realizes that his fate is not to stay King, but Banquo’s is. Macbeth appears to be both fair and foul as he unnecessarily claims that he is selling his soul to the devil to “make them Kings”. As paranoid as he is, Macbeth is characterized by metaphors as afraid of losing power to anybody.
Lady Macbeth persuades and manipulates Macbeth by pointing out his insecurities successfully and pressuring him into murdering the king. Along with this, Lady Macbeth also questions Macbeth’s manhood and masculinity when he does not want to carry out the plan when she says “When you durst do it, then you were a man;//And to be more than what you were, you would//Be so much more the man” (Shakespeare 1.7.49-51). By saying these things, Lady Macbeth persuades her husband to believe that murdering the king will be his redemption from being a
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
Traditionally this would be a great way to describe Macbeth, throughout this book readers slowly started to comprehend his intentions and actions . In one part of the scenes we can furthermore see through Macbeth 's words and ego. In this case Lady Macbeth was manipulating Macbeth into thinking he was less of a man for not Killing The former king to have the throne all to himself.In this scene you can see how insecure Macbeth truly is, he wouldn 't of needed to prove anything to anyone if he already knew he was manly.Readers could further understand Macbeth 's change in thoughts, by taking a further look into his goals, consequently
The prophecies also affect other characters into persuading him into committing acts that he normally would not do if it weren’t for the false hope that the witches had given him. In Act one the King hears of Macbeth 's noble deed in battle and awards him by making him the Thane of Cawdor. In the very next scene Macbeth and Banquo are visited by the witches who great Macbeth with “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to the Thane of Cawdor!” (I.iii.49). Macbeth is in doubt of the prophecy, but once he is formally given his title by Ross, he believes that the witches’ prophecy has come true.
His qualifications as a king did not meet what the old testament had desired, a king who had to be of that nation and divinely chosen by the people and God. Herod’s throne was given to him by the Romans. Herod the Great suffered greatly from paranoia, which lead him to murder his wife and son, all because of a false accusation that they were planning to overthrow him. Not only did he murder his family, but massacred all the infants age two and under to prevent a heir to the throne. Such was an act against god, because he attempted to kill baby Jesus as soon as he found out that he was the true king of Jews.