The William Shakespeare play ³Macbeth,² depicted Macbeth as a loyal subject of King Duncan and his homeland of Scotland. Duncan was so pleased with Macbeth¹s actions during the war that he was named the Thane of Cawdor, a title not far from king. Soon after, he wrote a letter to his wife that would make his future blood stained. Macbeth told her about the possibility of becoming king and in-turn hooked her on the idea. She then did everything in her power to give Macbeth the crown of Scotland.
The Shakespearian tragedy, Macbeth has been said to be one of Shakespeare’s most profound and mature visions of evil. In Macbeth we find not gloom but blackness, a man who finds himself encased in evil. Macbeth believes that his predicaments and the evils that he commits are worth everything he will have to endure. In spite of this towards the end of the play he realizes that everything he went through, was not worth the crown, or the high price he had to pay of losing his wife, and finding himself alone. Macbeth is shown as a kind and righteous man in the beginning of the play. He is the Thane of Glamis, and a brave warrior among men and is highly regarded by the king of Scotland. All these traits make Macbeth great. Conversely, several factors transform this one great man into a great tyrant and a malevolent murderer. Macbeth grows great throughout the play yet in reality becomes less and less as a man. Macbeth proves that wearing a crown and having the power does not fulfill all of one’s dreams and fantasies. Being the king does not necessarily make the man.
The Blood Theme in Macbeth
One of the themes in the tragedy of Macbeth is that of blood. Macbeth is known for his skills as a warrior and his mercilessness that is shown in his killing of MacDonwald. This warrior mentality quickly spreads into his life, and he begins to make killing a habit. When he is told in a prophecy that he shall be king, Macbeth takes it upon himself to murder Duncan, king of Scotland. After this murder he begins to see visions of blood on his hands, blood nothing could remove.
History is made up of many time periods, many of these
periods had a certain norm, and a way of thinking that was
accepted and adopted by the majority of the people. In the
Elizabethan/Jacobean time period the notion accepted and in
place at the time was that of a great chain of being. This
notion in which God is at the top, then comes the planets,
the angels, human kind and finally the animal kingdom. In
fact, it was based on psalm 8 and placed God, the
all-powerful being, on the uppermost link of the chain and
gave him all the power. In order for any other being or thing
to possess power he/it could do so only with the permission
of God or in accordance to the will of God.
Throughout the play, there are several occasions
which may either be interpreted as manipulation of
Macbeth’s character, or more dramatically as prophecies
of his inevitable destiny. The most important of these
elements are the supernatural witches. When Macbeth first
meets the Witches (I.iii.) – seemingly by accident – they
call him titles which have not yet been bestowed upon
him. It is unclear whether the Witches plant the idea of
earning these titles by foul play to Macbeth’s head, or
whether it is a prophecy of future.
The notion of Macbeth being a good and noble man is indeed a matter in which great uncertainty arises; as is the notion that Macbeth was bought down by ‘his evil wife’. In Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s’ most famous tragedies, I am uncertain of the character of Macbeth, as throughout the text, happenings which both support and put down the good character of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are apparent.
Macbeth is a popular play written by William Shakespeare, which is a
tragedy. In order for Macbeth to be crowned king, King Duncan would have to die.
There are two main characters in the play that want the power from Duncan and are too
anxious to wait. Those two characters are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Lady Macbeth
was the one who came up with the ideas and schemes to kill King Duncan. Whenever
Macbeth would be unsuccessful through the process of killing Duncan, she would back
Shakespeare’s Macbeth is not the first play we’ve read where women are portrayed as malicious. Starting from Lady Macbeth to the witches and their prophecies. Lady Macbeth is Macbeth’s wife, but she acts as though she was the man in the relationship. However, Lady Macbeth is a leading ambitious woman that we are not used to seeing who really wants her husband to become king, and in order to obtain she think it’s fine for him to commit murder.
Different imagery are seen through out the play one of the
imagery is blood. In Macbeth by Wiiliam Shakespear in every scene the image
of blood changes, it changes through remores, bravery, and guilt. The characters
affected by all of this is Macbeth and Lady Macbeth since they are the
ones with blood in their hands.
The imagery of blood seens to effected all the characters in the
play. One that is affected by all of this is Lady Macbeth, when she is found
sleepwalkig and talking to herself after the murder of Duncan and Banquo,
" Here the smell of blood still.
Within the pages of the play Macbeth, one can find the five distinct literary devices of symbolism, allusion, alliteration, personification, and repetition used throughout. These three devices aid the story along and help develop the plot and characters each in a different way.