Macbeth Irony

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MACBETH & DRAMATIC IRONY The story of Macbeth written by the infamous William Shakespeare is an excellent storyline known and taught as a great piece of literature. Even after the creation of this tale almost 400 years ago, this wonderful written work is still admired and known all over the world. It is an adventure of a noble and truthful hero who is overcome by the lust for power and by greed. His aroused hunger for authority and supremacy leads to him losing his path and turning to the way of malice. The play progresses, as this character plays deeper and deeper into Satan 's evil hand. Through the growth of this malevolent character, the story grows and develops as well. Each and every move this character makes affects someone…show more content…
Duncan was on top of his kingdom but Macbeth 's actions completely changed the empire and a new king took control of the throne. These changes in ranks of characters are hidden in some scenes in which certain objects camouflage truths and secrets. One such object was Macbeth 's castle that hid the dreadful destiny of King Duncan. Duncan thought of the castle as if it had "a pleasant seat." He added that "the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself" into his gentle senses," (I, vi, 1-3). He did not anticipate the castle and it 's sweet setting to be nothing but a prop to foolishly guide him into Macbeth 's hand. Lady Macbeth also proved to be such an object when Duncan declared her "our hounour 'd hostess!" (I, vi, 12) without realizing that she would be the counselor in this crime. This act of regicide by Macbeth was also foretold by dramatic irony when the sister witches greeted him with "all hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter," (I, iii, 53). This scene is not only significant because of evidence from the play but also from events that occurred in reality. This play was first performed for King James I of England who about a year before the performance was involved in an incident where Catholics tried to kill him and destroy the English parliament, making this scene very important. The dramatic irony in the story supports the theme through Macbeth 's rising ambition, which leads to him murdering the king and gaining
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