The witches as they are known would have been considered by the Elizabethans to be human representatives of supernatural or dark forces. The thunder and lightening used to mark their entrance emphasises their "other worldliness. This association of animals and insects with horror and evil is still evident in our Halloween decorations and scary movies.
Typically, Shakespeare ambiguously suggests that all three main protagonists, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the witches, contribute to the tragedy.
However, at the same time, he leaves it up to the audience to determine how much blame they would apportion to each.
It is important to analyse carefully the interplay of the main protagonists and their attitudes to ambition and conscience. What is the role of fate?
Shakespeare presents Macbeth as if he were at the mercy of the forces of evil.
The witches appear to have considerable supernatural power and their strength is reinforced through the sequential order of the events.
Indeed, to Elizabethan audiences, there would have been no doubt that the witches had the power to play moral havoc. Shakespeare typically employs dramatic irony: The role of the witches: Also, the fact that Shakespeare positions the witches as if they are the harbingers of great news, gives them credibility.
Nevertheless Macbeth is uneasy. Why is he scared of evil thoughts? Again, Shakespeare appears to be drawing upon the political landscape, that came to the fore in the Gunpowder Plot in Macbeth mentions as such in the final part of the play: According to Shapiro, by when Shakespeare was writing the play, playgoers would have recognise the universal meaning of equivocation with its anti-Catholic associations.
This is a world where honest exchange becomes difficult. One lone conspirator remained from the Gunpowder Plot. Macbeth is so captivated that he automatically believes that King Duncan ought to name him as his successor. He is mortified when he discovers that Malcolm will be heir, Prince of Cumberland.
Let not light see my black and deep desires. What is Macbeth starting to imagine and starting to hide? What is the role of free will? Whilst Shakespeare presents Macbeth as a victim of the witches, Macbeth never completely loses the capacity to make his own choices.
Significantly the witches greet both the kinsmen on the heath. Banquo implies that Macbeth is too quick to place his trust in unworthy sources.
Shakespeare characterises Banquo as morally incorruptible. Morally, Banquo appears sure of himself. Is Macbeth a tragic hero? Macbeth is tragic in the sense that he predicts his downfall but cannot control his ambition. He is also tragic in the sense that, as a fine and noble soldier, he becomes corrupted.
As a tyrant, he becomes steeped in blood for evil purposes. However, Macbeth differs from the ancient Greek tragic hero. He is unaware of his moral shortcomings; he acts out of his good intentions and benefits from a greater awareness of self. Macbeth is plagued by contradictory thoughts: Macbeth is aware of his flaw — his uncontrollable desire for power fuelled by his ambition.
Shakespeare depicts Macbeth as a person who is morally astute, honourable and loyal. He is constantly aware of his deception and the hypocritical nature of his musings. Ironically, Macbeth parallels the Thane of Cawdor upon whom King Duncan invested his trust and faith.In Macbeth, William Shakespeare's tragedy about power, ambition, deceit, and murder, the Three Witches foretell Macbeth's rise to King of Scotland but also prophesy that future kings will descend from Banquo, a fellow army captain.
Characters of Shakespear's Plays is an book of criticism of Shakespeare's plays, written by early nineteenth century English essayist and literary critic William Hazlitt. Dec 02, · The great play Macbeth by the wonderful English author William Shakespeare is a very haunting and scary depiction of a royal Scottish family.
Even though this play was written and performed in time period that would be considered pre-Gothic, this play demonstrates some very Gothic elements in its contents.
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is the cause of his own downfall. Macbeth is ignorant as he does what he pleases, not taking into consideration who he is hurting. Macbeth does what is necessary to become King and hears only what is beneficial to him, using it as motivation to stay King.
In William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, ambition is presented as a dangerous quality. Because it is unchecked by any concept of morality, It causes the downfall of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and triggers a series of deaths, making ambition the driving force of the play. Macbeth: a study in power “And nothing is But what is not”: Macbeth: a study in power by Dr Jennifer Minter In Macbeth, Shakespeare depicts the tragic consequences of Macbeth’s lust for power.