Macbeth by William Shakespeare

analytical Essay
1612 words
1612 words

Macbeth by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth. It was written at the time of King James, and it is relevant as you read on. King James was attracted to witches, and the play includes many matters that interest him. Macbeth as a character is very expendable, thinking and mostly unpredictable. The way Shakespeare uses Macbeth and Lady Macbeth I unique. The play is very powerful in terms of evil and lessons in life. The moral is that there are no shortcuts in life. In the eleventh century Scotland was a violent and troubled country. Families and clans fought for any sort of territory. Macbeth was born in 1005, son of the great family that ruled Moray and Ross. Throughout Shakespeare's life, witches and witchcraft were the article of morbid fascination. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, 16,000 people were killed burned to death (nearly all women) were convicted of being witches. There were hundreds of pamphlets describing the lurid details of witchcraft trails. These were women who were convicted. The function of the witches is to introduce uncertainty in to the play. We are never really sure what they are able to do, how strong their influence on Macbeth is, for example. The witches open the play with great dramatic force- this is something which would certainly shame late comers to the seat. There is thunder, there is lightening- things are not right in the world of nature, and then there are some weird, hag like creature say they come to meet Macbeth. This would make our full attention on the women, as they have named the person who the play is about. We as the audience think what are they? What can they want from Macbeth? Where have they come form? The witches are also part of the play because of th... ... middle of paper ... ... relationship with the witches also helps the reader to see the changes in him, initially they find him, by the end he is calling to them. You could also look at how he speaks to them; he gets more and more familiar and even rude as he gets further away from the usual constraints of human society. Finally, on a more practical level, they literally provide a change of scene and of tempo to keep the audience interested. People in Shakespeare's time would view them quite differently to a modern audience because most people believed in witches. You ask if they are to blame for what happens to Macbeth. He is the one who listens to and acts on their advice so he is partly to blame for his own downfall. Lady Macbeth really encourages Macbeth to kill Duncan and she actively helps him to cover his tracks so she is partly responsible for starting him on the path of evil too.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how william shakespeare wrote macbeth at the time of king james. the play is powerful in terms of evil and lessons in life.
  • Explains that scotland was a violent and troubled country in the eleventh century. witches and witchcraft were the article of morbid fascination during shakespeare's life.
  • Analyzes how the witches introduce uncertainty in the play, which would shame late comers to the seat. there is thunder, there is lightening, and weird, hag-like creature say they come to meet macbeth.
  • Explains that the king of scotland-james was interested in witches and wrote his own treatise on witchcraft.
  • Explains that shakespeare liked a full hose at his plays and included the king in the play.
  • Explains that the witches' influence or the potential of their influence upon macbeth is also part of the role.
  • Analyzes how macbeth allows himself to be influenced by evil, and everything becomes topsy-turvy and things fall into chaos.
  • Analyzes how the witches made an even bigger impression when they named macbeth. the forces of evil and darkness have a relationship with the person the play is written about.
  • Analyzes how the witches use 'fog and filthy air' as a form of deception and things not being what they seem.
  • Explains that the way the witches are seen in a scene can vary with each film/theatre production.
  • Analyzes how macbeth was a hero before he saw the witches, but there was an evil effect in him, after finding out that the thane of cawdor. banquo was more careful about the unknown women's prediction.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's evil ambition of becoming king was becoming so desireful that he knew to kill duncan for the crown, all because the witches wanted to cause harm.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth was the most shocking character in terms of evil. she plans everything, knowing what she has to do, and how she is going to kill duncan.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth's need for procession is powerful, as it describes her character greatly.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth is practical, expedient, and has a big appeal to the spirits that tend on mortal thoughts.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's murder of duncan made him nervous, and he didn't have any effect on lady. she was diabolical in every way.
  • Narrates how macbeth knew he killed for the crown so could anyone else. the evil ambition of succeeding was making him commit a hellsome crime.
  • Opines that macbeth's best friend banquo was dead because of the evil ambition and eagerness of denying the future.
  • Analyzes how the ghost of banquo comes back to haunt macbeth, as his plan backfired. he wonders what the future holds for him.
  • Explains that in shakespeare's time women were still being burned for witchcraft. the idea of witches would have given the play a worrying feel.
  • Analyzes how the witches in 'macbeth' give a supernatural edge to the play. they create ambitions and make him believe that he is invincible.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth is the force behind the murder of king duncan, which led to his killing.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's relationship with the witches helps the reader to see the changes in him.
  • Analyzes how shakespeare's plays provide a change of scene and tempo to keep the audience interested. macbeth is the one who listens to and acts on their advice so he is partly to blame for his downfall
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