Ariel’s use of subtext communicated to Prospero that his power and consumption with vengeance was causing him to become inhumane. Prospero experiences an epiphany when Ariel says, “[m]ine would, sir, were I human” (V i, Shakespeare). Ariel points out to Prospero that his power is so strong and the revenge consuming him is making him into an evil person. Once Prospero has this moment of realization, he turns his behavior around by first denouncing his magic. Prospero shows how he is done using magic when he says, “[b]ut this rough magic I here abjure; and, when I have required…And deeper than did ever plummet sound I’ll drown my book” (V i, Shakespeare).
The huge storm and the ensuing shipwreck is our first introduction to the world of the play and as we later find out the first part of Prospero's elaborate plan. The tempest that begins the play engulfs the ship and leaves its occupants throughout the island, each believing that they were the only survivors. Prospero manipulated the reality of the situation, leaving the survivors unaware that they were never in danger the entire time. The presence of Prospero's magic establishes a dichotomy between this play's world compared to Shak... ... middle of paper ... ...with his magic and art to pursue his vengeance or to forgive those who wronged him long ago and return back to the real world. He ultimately chooses to forgive Antonio, Alonso, and Sebastian and restore his dukedom.
Macbeth's Sinister Side When the audience experiences Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it is subjected to a large and heavy dose of evil in the form of intent and actions by the witches, by Lady Macbeth and by Macbeth. L.C. Knights in the essay "Macbeth" specifies the particular species of evil present within the play: Macbeth defines a particular kind of evil - the evil that results from a lust for power. The defining, as in all the tragedies, is in strictly poetic and dramatic terms. It is certainly not an abstract formulation, but lies rather in the drawing out of necessary consequences and implications of that lust both in the external and the spiritual worlds.
He uses his aid of human nature to help with his evil schemes and plots throughout the play. Because he identified Othello’s weaknesses and was able to use verbal persuasion to not only gain Othello’s trust, but to also use that as a benefit to what he wanted to accomplish. It is great importan... ... middle of paper ... ...illed his needs on aiding with Othello’s insecurities, and eventually was the cause of downfall in character, Othello. Iago character in William Shakespeare’s Othello is truly the definition of the nature of evil. He portrays such a strong character describing this nature of deceit throughout the play taking full capability of characters; Desdemona, Othello, Cassio, and Rodrigo.
Many have been said to agree with this statement. For example, as stated in Shakespeare A to Z, "The Witches are an enactment of the irrational. The supernatural world if terrifying because it is beyond human control, and in the play it is therefore symbolic of the unpredictable force of human motivation." The magic of the witches is thus an image of human moral disruption. Through their own uncertain nature, they demonstrate- and promote- the disruption in the world of they play.
The prophecy, gives Macbeth a false sense of power, allowing him to be blinded by reality through his dedication to fulfilling it. Also, the witches manipulated Macbeth by spurring him
Hamlet comes up with the idea to fake madness in the beginning of the play in order to confuse his enemies. However, for Hamlet to fulfill his duty of getting revenge, he must be totally sane. Hamlet’s intellectual brilliance make it seem too impossible for him to actually be mad, for to be insane means that one is irrational and without any sense. When one is irrational, one is not governed by or according to reason. So, Hamlet is only acting mad in order to plan his revenge on Claudius.
When reading William Shakespeare’s, Macbeth, one can come to the conclusion that Macbeth’s tragic flaw of ambition leads to his ultimate downfall. Many individual factors such as his personality traits, motives, and other character’s influences must be fully examined to prove this argument. It is apparent that from the beginning of the play Macbeth’s character possesses ambition. However, his prior ambition was used in a positive manner to defeat a rebellious nobleman, the Thane of Cawdor (this title later comes to symbolize dishonesty). As time goes on, and the prophecy made by the weird sisters goes to his head his ambition begins to transform and create him to be a corrupt man.
The tempest in the beginning of the play is a symbol of Prospero’s magic. His magic is used as an abusive form of power, utilized for the purpose of self indulgence and personal profit. Prospero’s magic and the manner in which he uses his powers unethically reveals his willingness to go to any lengths to achieve his goals. He uses physical and psychological manipulation to achieve his goal of regaining his dukedom, disregarding the possible effects of his actions on those he manipulates. Prospero abuses his power over his servants so they can perform the tasks needed to execute his plan.
"Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of three?” Consequently he becomes greedy and selfish. Executing his own friend, in order contravene the prediction, of Banquo’s sons being crowned future kings. This is one of his many cruel acts prompted by his belief in fate, forming his reversal of fortune and inevitable downfall. William Shakespeare used the witches to express the idea of fate and supernatural. The witches speak in rhythmic, chant like lines, allowing the audience to differ between normal and abnormal (supernatural) speech.