Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

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Shakespeare, in his plays, often uses the repetition of a word, not because he cannot think of a synonym, but to place emphasis on that word and therefore the idea conveyed by the use of the word. Macbeth is no exception. Macbeth takes place in Scotland in the 11th century and discusses the issues of equivocation, fate, the future, and paranoia, as if to warn and inform the audience about such issues. Shakespeare wanted to inform the public about the consequences of equivocation - the use of ambiguous language to hide the truth - and to reassure them about placing their trust in the King, both because of the Gunpowder Plot, which had occurred not long before the writing of the play. Macbeth warns about the danger of tempting fate while indirectly persuading the audience to rebuild their trust in the monarchy, which had been precarious because of the long-lasting religious persecution. To convey this theme, Shakespeare uses the repetition of several words, a prominent one being ‘man’. All of the uses of ‘man’ rely on the social standards of the time, which dictated the behavior and traits of men and women. These social ‘rules’ were rarely broken, and those who did not abide by them were ridiculed. Shakespeare expands on the meaning of these rules through his uses of the word ‘man’, and other terms relating to gender, which convey one of three distinct social ideas: what a man is, what a man should be, and what a man should not be. Throughout human history, the roles and…

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