His internal contradiction between ambition and passivity allowed him to become susceptible to the witches' prophecies and Lady Macbeth's wickedness and eventually led to his downfall and death. Works Cited Bradley, A.C. Shakespearean Tragedy. Fawcett Publications: Greenwich, Conn., 1965. Shakespeare, William. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
Throughout Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the symbolism of night portrays an underlying evil within characters, ultimately revealing how acting upon desire results in the spreading of darkness inside one’s soul. Prior to the
Power in Macbeth The truth of the cause of Macbeth’s fate, his doom, and his unavoidable misery lies within the evilness of the supernatural beings in the play. In Macbeth, written by none other than William Shakespeare, Macbeth struggles with his internal greedy demons which constantly desire more power. These thoughts can be traced back to the evil witches, who love to play around with people’s lives. The witches in the play say, “He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear / His hopes 'bove wisdom, grace, and fear. / And you all know, security / Is mortals ' chiefest enemy (III.v.30-33).” The witches desire ill will for Macbeth, and strive on seeing him struggle with his greedy internal demons.
Many have been said to agree with this statement. For example, as stated in Shakespeare A to Z, "The Witches are an enactment of the irrational. The supernatural world if terrifying because it is beyond human control, and in the play it is therefore symbolic of the unpredictable force of human motivation." The magic of the witches is thus an image of human moral disruption. Through their own uncertain nature, they demonstrate- and promote- the disruption in the world of they play.
As part of my English GCSE I have been asked to evaluate the 1st and 2nd acts of Macbeth and show how Shakespeare makes us aware that Duncan’s murder is evil and against the natural order. An atmosphere of evil is created right from the very start of the play. “Thunder and lightening. Enter three witches.” They plan to meet Macbeth “When the hurly-burly’s done. When the battle’s lost, and won.” Every word they speak seems to link them with evil and foulness.
His soliloquy in which he says, "Is this a dagger which I see before me... ... middle of paper ... ...he room in which the events took place. The act ends with a return to the dark, mysterious, evil tones of the witches and their leader. The witch scene signals the beginning of the downfall, and the tone becomes more hopeless towards Macbeth and the reader senses that he won't be suffering much longer. This dark tone ends the act with Lennox saying, "May soon return to this our suffering country...". The tension still stimulates interest in the conclusion of the foreseeable tragedy.
It also creates a feeling of suspicion between the characters and the idea that there is no going back. Lady Macbeth's evil is shown in her soliloquy in Act 1 Scene 5, "Come to my woman's breasts and take my milk for gall", "and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell". I have sympathy with Macbeth in Act 2 Scene 2, after the murder, and I think Macbeth would not have ever committed such an act if Lady Macbeth were not influencing his actions. His ambition is his flaw and Lady Macbeth exploits that weakness.
The atmosphere of the play symbolized this resulting turmoil. Specifically, light and darkness were used to exemplify the unnatural chaos and ominous tone of the work. The role of light and the role of darkness relates to the chaos resulting from the violation of the Great Chain of Being. The very first time light/darkness was seen was in Act 1, Scene 3. Shakespeare compares the witches to “instruments of darkness” (I.3.23).