This quote states that god has given... ... middle of paper ... ...ds for example, Shakespeare stated “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” (Romeo and Juliet II.II.33). In the way we use English today we would say something like “Why do you have to be Romeo!” This is how Shakespeare speaks and writes his plays. William Shakespeare is an important person who will never be forgotten and will always in courage new writers to write their play extraordinary like Shakespeare’s. Works Cited Shakespeare, William.
Macbeth is a man with one goal; to become king. His evil nature is shown to the audience and the tension increases. This tension is used to gain sympathy from the audience. His bloody downfall not only relieves the audience of its tension, but the tragic hero from his burden. However, who was responsible for Macbeth’s death?
In both the Royal Shakespeare Company and Macbeth on the Estate versions of act 3 scene 4 starts with a pleasant atmosphere. Ian Mckellen English Coursework – Macbeth Act 3 Scene 4 ========================================== How does Shakespeare portray Macbeth in this scene? Macbeth presents himself as a very noble and respectable person at the start of the scene but soon his act slips and the true side of Macbeth is evident. Macbeth is the first to speak in this scene showing that he is trying to show his power over the lords. I think Shakespeare did this because the whole point of this scene is to show that Macbeth is trying to take charge.
William Shakespeare's Henry V William Shakespeare is one of the most famous and influential writers of all time. His plays not only portray the past, but also aspects of love and hate, humour and tragedy. Henry V, written by Shakespeare, using Raphael Holinshed's historical chronicles, appealed to many of the citizens of that time, as it presented an insight into their country's past, as well as 'feel-good' nationalism. It would have been performed on stage at a time when Henry VIII had secluded the country of all contact with the Church of Rome. Providing the audience with its country's past glories and triumphs, the play counter-acts this feeling of seclusion and loss of identity with glorified achievement and renewal of patriotism.
The Character of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play Macbeth Macbeth was most likely written in 1606, early in the reign of James I, who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. James was a patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote under James’s reign, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s close relationship with the sovereign. In focusing on Macbeth, a figure from Scottish history, Shakespeare paid homage to his king’s Scottish lineage. Additionally, the witches’ prophecy that Banquo will found a line of kings is a clear nod to James’ family’s claim to have descended from the historical Banquo. In a larger sense, the theme of bad versus good kingship, embodied by Macbeth and Duncan, respectively, would have resonated at the royal court, where James was busy developing his English version of the theory of divine right.
Because of his play Romeo and Juliet, the English language became more vibrant and vivid through his exceptional usage of literary devices. Not only that, but also Shakespeare had managed to merge the two opposite classes of the Elizabethan era into one single family, where all would understand and appreciate the true masterpiece of Romeo and Juliet. Lastly, due to Shakespeare’s great insight upon human psychology, his characters seemed to exist in reality and were passing their legacy through the power of storytelling. For these reasons, Shakespeare was truly the “Bard” of the English language, for he had accomplished the impossible to become the greatest playwright in history.
William drastically altered history for the approval and satisfaction of King James I. Since Shakespeare was a well-established actor and playwright during King James I’s reign, James wanted William to write and produce plays for him. Although teenink.com states King James I as a “…huge supporter of theater”, he also wanted Shakespeare to glorify him and his ancestors. With William being “…offered royal protection and money…”(shakespeare-online.com), he took the king’s offer and began writing Macbeth. Teenink.com explains, “Shakespeare drew the plot for Macbeth from historical sources--particularly Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
Throughout this play, Macbeth journeys from a noble, loyal soldier to a power-hungry, deceptive monster, destroying any obstacle in his path. These obstacles are sometimes people, including the former King Duncan and his “friend” Banquo. Evil and greed take over his every thought, and in the process of destroying his obstacles, he never realizes that his own actions will lead to his downfall. Many quotes in this play prove this to be true. Throughout the play his attitude goes through drastic changes, and he ends up thinking he is indestructible.
In order to conceal the violent nature of his ascendance to power, Macbeth must perform increasingly desperate and violent actions, making it difficult for him to enjoy the benefits of his authority. So significant is Macbeth’s discontent with his position, that he prays for the death of one of his most loyal friends. Another example which proves that evil begets evil can be found im... ... middle of paper ... ... discovered to be a traitor, Macbeth becomes anxious and paranoid, which prevents him from attaining the happiness that he envisioned when he decided to murder King Duncan. In conclusion, William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, contains many themes, but none are more applicable to today’s society than the idea that happiness cannot be achieved through acts motivated by selfishness and avarice. The conversation between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth before their dinner feast successfully elucidates this thematic statement by illustrating how immoral actions give rise to more immorality, guilt punishes individuals for their crimes, and evil actions instill fears of retribution.
The goal of increased power causes Macbeth’s mind to distort his morality and make diabolical deciscions, such as killing the king he once loved so dearly. Futhermore, the threat of losing power also causes Macbeth great mental distress and leads to further loss of loyalty and morality. He fears Banquo is plotting against him shortly after his coronation and hires murderers to kill his old best friend. This demonstrates Macbeth’s paranoia being placed above rationality, due to his fear of losing power. “ We have scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it;”(III,ii,15).