Themes in Macbeth Essay
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In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth evil is conveyed in many ways through characters, themes and settings. Many themes are explored in detail contributing hugely to the sense of evil with characters being used along with these themes to create evil within the characters. These themes and characters are shown in different settings at different times consequently affecting the mood and atmosphere of the play.
In relation, Shakespeare uses characters in order to raise the appeal of themes being presented. A character which has the largest influence on the play is Macbeth. Macbeth is someone who is tortured by the pain of the words of those around him. Macbeth is influenced heavily by the three witches who prophesize that he is going to…show more content…
She tells the sprits ‘Come to my woman breasts/And take my milk for gall’ so that she can get rid of all the kindness within her-blood and milk form her breasts- Shakespeare uses ‘direst cruelty’ to express the desperation running through Lady Macbeth and with this Shakespeare creates a very hell-like picture for the audience. However, eventually Lady Macbeth persuasion overcomes Macbeth and finally he agrees to kill Duncan. ‘Let light not see my black and deep desires’, this shows Macbeths ambitions are not of good intention and turns to the universe to express this ambition (about how great it is) It also shows that even though he wants to kill Duncan, the audience is still finding Macbeth arguing whether or not to do it. Shakespeare also uses alliteration to emphasize the amount evil involved in this deed. In relation, Shakespeare shows Macbeth willing to jump the hierarchy of position. ‘We’d jump the life to come’ show the willingness to jump the hierarchy, which instantly shows the relation to the archangel which went against God and the hierarchy of Heaven to create his own land of chaos which is better known as hell. Moreover, Lady Macbeth is shown with even more evil to represent her will for Macbeth to complete the deed, ‘I have given suck and know how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: I would while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from
Discuss The Main Themes Examined In Macbeth
Stage 1: English Communications
Macbeth Text Response
Discuss the main themes examined in Macbeth.
Macbeth written by Shakespeare clearly presents many themes in different ways. Macbeth is a tragedy, and many of the themes of the play are dark and sinister. The main theme that is focused on in Macbeth is the themes of ambition, appearances often hide reality and the theme of hypocrisy. These themes can mainly be seen through the two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Ambition is a clearly evident theme throughout the Macbeth play. Due to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth ambition of becoming royals', they strived for the political power and glory which resulted in a tragic ending. An example in the play where Macbeth's ambition is clearly evident is when Macbeth says "The prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else overleap, for in my way it lies. Stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires. The eyes wink at the hand; yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done, to see" (Act I Scene IV). This showed how much ambition Macbeth has in wanting to become the King. Macbeth begins to realise that if he is to become King of Scotland, then both King Duncan and his sons, are to be killed. Due to these kinds of thoughts, and his ambitions to become King, it causes him to act in a fearful way.
A character in the play, who is more ambitious than Macbeth, is Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth ambition is shown when she receives a letter from her husband's messenger that tells of his encounter with the three witches and what they had to say regarding his future. While reading, Lady Macbeth quickly becomes fascinated with the idea of her husband future and the power that the couple would gain. Due to the ambition of gaining power, she is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve her goal, even if it is pushing her husband to the edge. Lady Macbeth's ambition is evident when she says, "Thou wouldst be great art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it."(Act I Scene V). Lady Macbeth is trying to say that without wickedness and ambition, you will not be powerful and great. Lady Macbeth's ambition causes her to become an even more heartless and...
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