Pride In Macbeth Analysis

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Scottish Pride in Relation to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”
As one of the most well known of William Shakespeare 's tragedies, Macbeth exhibits a wide range of motifs and subtle criticisms that are still relevant today. Pride, lineage, and ethnic identity are simply a few of the major themes that continue to stand the test of time. In Macbeth we can easily see that these ideas are present. The following pages will discuss the ways in which these motifs, specifically related to motherhood and children in the northern reaches of the Scottish peninsula, played an integral role in the foundation of the play.
In order to establish a basis upon which this argument can be made, it’s important to first understand the social climate of the people of Scotland. At the time of Macbeth’s reign the people of Scotland, as with most of Europe, believed that the traits of their people would be passed via the inherited
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It was this belief that prevented the Scottish people from intermingling with the surrounding nations and ultimately birthed a form of ethnic pride
“Like many depictions of nationality in the period, it invokes climate theory, or, as Floyd-Wilson so aptly names it, ‘geo-humoralism’, the belief that regional differences helped determine an individual’s character. She argues that geo-humoralism is in fact ‘the authoritative ethnological discourse of the period…” (Edwards 181).
The people believed that in order to create the strongest most capable offspring, ones that would ultimately be able to survive the incredibly barbaric and atrocious lifestyle of that on the land, one would have to exemplify utter perfection. In this we can see the historical importance of something such as a mother’s milk, which literally symbolized purity and the capability to survive. It is this idea of a theoretically “strong” lineage that serves to inject chaos into the
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