The main themes of this tragedy are power and betrayal. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare explores aspects of the human conscience. He pays particular attention to our sense of right and wrong, innocence and guilt. Once Macbeth has a taste of power he is continually driven by his desire for it. His fear of having his power taken away from him drives him to continue to act ruthlessly in order to eliminate all threats of being found out for his treasonous deeds and to maintain his position of power.
His unfortunate flaw of being gullible is what gets him to kill Duncan, Banquo, and many other poor victims. Macbeth’s greatest tragic flaw: being gullible is what brings him deep into sin. This is shown by him believing the witches, his wife, and his own delusions. The witches wanted to play tricks on Macbeth and his wife measured his love by his actions. Being haunted by delusions of Banquo and a dagger tormented him yet motivated and drove him to continue his horrible deeds.
Othello represented these traits through character, Iago, as he reveals his true nature of evil by diminishing people lives and becoming the downfall of many people around him. “Hell and night/ Must bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light” (I, iii, 394-396). Though Iago may not have a purpose of participating in many of his act of evil, he presents it as a self-obsessed driven supremacy. He plots to destroy Othello and to gain dominance by observing each weakness from Othello, and takes advantage of it. He uses his aid of human nature to help with his evil schemes and plots throughout the play.
He uses three particular methods to achieve the goal of causing the reader to empathize with the "bad guys". These methods include having the antagonists reveal themselves as someone else, having the antagonists tell about all of the hardships that they have endured, and having the antagonists explain why they did something evil (such as kidnapping). Edward Bloor takes on a challenge when he attempts to make the reader empathize with people that he had intentionally tried to make the reader dislike earlier in the story. This is a challenge because i... ... middle of paper ... ...elieve that the kidnappers are good people. The reader remembers all of the bad things that the antagonists did, and realizes why they did them.
Evil came from the fate of Romeo and Juliet’s love story causing them to make rash decisions. As fate comes into play, the stronger everyone’s anger develops among the families. This evil ends up causing more hurt and pain than ever before, which in turn,
The use of Jack and Ralph as foils to each other shows the evilness of the human race and the conflicts we have with our own kind. Ralph and Jack are like two sides of the same coin, without one, there cannot be the other. Dispute between the two is inevitable and necessary for the action in the novel. Jack is not all bad, nor is Ralph all good. These two characters foil each other because their many similarities highlight the few differences.
An... ... middle of paper ... ...nifies Macbeth’s decent into evil because he has thought about the consequences of his plan but he still decides to follow through with it. He is starting to submit to his lust for power. During this scene there are developments in Lady Macbeth’s character as well. “When you durst do it, then you were a man;” (I.VII. 49) This showcases Lady Macbeth’s true character as manipulative and cunning since she preys on Macbeth’s weakness.
Later, two murderers are sent by Richard execute him. Richard's opening soliloquy frames much of the play and reveals a great deal about the personality of Richard's character. The opening remarks are very logical in their progression: because Richard is deformed, he cannot be loved; because he cannot be loved, he must be a villain; because he must be a villain, he will strive for the throne. This logical progression is of course anything but logical.
A villain is defined as an evil character in a novel, movie, play, or other story, especially one who is the main enemy of the hero according to Encarta Dictionary. In "Othello," Iago fits this definition perfectly though Othello does not recognize that Iago is his enemy until the end of the story. Iago is the evil-minded, backstabbing character in this dramatic story. He demonstrates this villainy act all through out the story beginning with being angry with Othello for not appointing him as lieutenant, his revenge on cassio for taking his place as lieutenant, and setting up Desdemona to look like she is cheating on Othello. His machinations are so effective because they flow consistently.
It looks at the extremes of cruelty and harm that one human can inflict on another by denying them basic human rights, choices, and freedom of association. Her brothers, who seem to be inertly malevolent and corrupt, show the audience how the darkness can consume you and that wickedness does indeed exist in humans. Although there are unexpected glimpses of light in the play that grasps the readers interest, the darkness and horror is compelling. Taking all these things in to account, the play achieves what Webster expects for us as the audiences to explore, being that darkness is always present but does not always take over the light.