Macbeth, who was very much so a loyal subject, did not want to commit murder, but was tempted by his wife to carry out actions that he eventually regretted. As revealed throughout Act I of Macbeth, Macbeth really had no thoughts of murdering his king. Though his vaulting ambition made him start to lust after the crown, Macbeth knew his boundaries and did not have treason on his mind. In fact, in Act I Macbeth even said, “We will proceed no further in this business:/ He hath honored me of late, and I have bought/ Golden opinions from all sorts of people,/ Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,/ Not cast aside so soon?” (Act I, scene vii, lines 31-34). In this short quote, Macbeth mainly said that King Duncan had been such a great king and he had no reason for backstabbing him.
Keys to Interpretation of Hamlet William Shakespeare's Hamlet is, at heart, a play about suicide. Though it is surrounded by a fairly standard revenge plot, the play's core is an intense psychodrama about a prince gone mad from the pressures of his station and his unrequited love for Ophelia. He longs for the ultimate release of killing himself - but why? In this respect, Hamlet is equivocal - he gives several different motives depending on the situation. But we learn to trust his soliloquies - his thoughts - more than his actions.
O God! O God!” (Act I.ii,131-2). The suicide theme is later mentioned again, however, in a more philosophical manner in the “To be, or not to be:” soliloquy. He wonders “Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer…”( Act III.i.57) showing his thoughts of whether the suffering is worth it. Themes of grief and anger are too express... ... middle of paper ... ... were all displayed as the play developed and were important in understanding the essence of Hamlet.
In Hamlets perhaps most famous soliloquy he cries out, to be or not to be, that is the question/Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, /Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, /And by opposing end them (Act III, I, 56). This quote furthermore reveals a part of the story that would be otherwise hidden to the reader, for example, his state of mind and also his desire to commit suicide in order to escape the pain of his life. The readers response, in result, is altered as it is made clear that Hamlet is obviously struggling to come to ter... ... middle of paper ... ...revenge will come (Act IV, VII, 25). This act of murder reflects upon the society through the vengeful advance of Fortinbras and his army upon Denmark in pursuit of reclaiming his fathers land. This dual understanding gives the play an additional element of excitement and intensifies the overall meaning and depth of the play through the relation to political elements of the surrounding society. The technique of dual understanding creates depth within Hamlet and influences the reader to examine the deeper meaning of the overall play. Through the elements of technique portrayed in this essay, it is clear to see that Shakespeare is able to influence the reader through soliloquies, imagery, and dual understanding.
That’s the end. (Shakespeare, 4.3.21-27) In this speech, Shakespeare targeted his Elizabethan audience through allusions to the Great Chain of Being, which governed their society, with the intent of influencing the themes that his audience interpreted. Targeting the audience with that aspect of their lives had the effect of developing Hamlet’s underlying themes: the frailty of man, appearance versus reality, and the uncertainty of death. In Hamlet’s speech, Shakespeare’s efforts to target his Elizabethan audience develop the theme of the frailty of man. Shakespeare conveys this underlying theme of the play by subt... ... middle of paper ... ...amining the masterpiece that is Hamlet, it becomes clear that Shakespeare was a successful playwright because he understood his audience and knew how to connect with them through his work.
His work affects everyone and inspires them to do many good things in life. For example, in the play As You Like It Shakespeare implied, “A fool thinks himself to be wise, a wise man knows himself to be a fool” (As You Like It V.1.30). William Shakespeare’s plays are highly popular and are frequently studied. Shakespeare’s play makes his plays so real that he changed the face of drama forever. William Shakespeare has become an important landmark in English history and impacted the world of history.
Macbeth adds that "Duncan hath born his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues will plead like angels." Lady Macbeth knows her husband and feels that he is "too full o' th' milk of human kindness." To counter this she accuses Macbeth of being a coward if he does not kill Duncan. Macbeth does not want to be a coward, either as soldier or as husband, so he accepts to murder Duncan. His ambition and self-image of bravery win over his virtues.
“My noble partner you greet with present grace and great prediction of noble having and of royal hope,…” Act 1 Sc 3 this is of Banquo talking about Macbeth as these are traveling along together. Banquo is as a loyal partner and friend to Macbeth. But because Macbeth thinks that he is a better leader he does not want Banquo and his sons to rule the country. “Your children should be kings” Act 1 Sc 3. Even with Banquo being a noble friend this prophecy scares Macbeth and is left with one choice to kill his friend.
As a “subject” he has to host Duncan giving him a safe place to stay. This shows that Macbeth has a clean conscience as he says he is “against the deed” but is being pulled by his greediness for more power. While Macbeth considers whether murdering Duncan is feasible, Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth that he would murder Duncan if he were truly brave and masculine. Lady Macbeth goes on to remark that if he murders Duncan, Macbeth "would be so much more the man" (A1, S7, L50-51). This shows Lady Macbeth’s superiority over her husband.
Although Macbeth’s decisions determine his plight, he finds himself transgressing when he believes his prophesized throne is in danger. By eliminating what he perceives as threats, he sacrifices his honor, his friendship with Banquo, his wife, and his sanity, resulting in a personality change. Macbeth, as a nobleman of King Duncan, upholds the moral code of honor. Possessing the characteristics of a nobleman, he has integrity, honor, and righteousness. At one point, he tells Lady Macbeth, “We will proceed no further in this business: / He [King Duncan] hath honored me of late, and I have bought / Golden opinions from all sorts of people.” (I:vii, 31-33).