Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment explore the psychological depths of man. These two works examine tragedy as represented through the existential beliefs of many philosophers. Existentialist theory expresses the idea that man can satisfy his own needs, regardless of social codes, if he has the energy and ambition to act. Both Macbeth and Raskolnikov have the ambition to act, but each struggles internally with their actions, frightened of the consequences. Although these
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic plays. It is considered a tragedy because the main character has a tragic flaw, and this is the cause of his downfall. One major reason for his downfall is how corrupted he becomes due to the power he has. Shakespeare utilizes the aspect of corruption of power in Macbeth. William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564. Ironically, it is on the same date, just 52 years later that he dies. William had 6 other siblings, of which he was the third oldest
The Supernatural in Macbeth More than a few elements of the supernatural can be discovered within the action and dialogue of Shakespeare's plays. However, the extent and nature of those elements differs to a large degree. There are traces of it to be found in Henry V, "Pardon, gentles all,/The flat unraised spirit that hath dar'd...to bring forth/So great and object" (Lucy 1). There are also elements of it apparent in Winter's Tale, "What I did not well I meant well" (Lucy 1).
Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth When comparing the witches from the play 'Macbeth' to their image of the time we must first make clear what that image is. During Macbeth's time, the 17th century, there was a universal belief of witches. This belief was in the fact that witches were powerful and fearful, unlike their pantomime figures of today, and that they had extraordinary powers which the public couldn't understand. Using their power they would do evil things and so as a result