Motif Motifs In Macbeth

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William Shakespeare’s play, “Macbeth,” explains the tales of a Scottish noble aiming to become the future King of Scotland. The Scottish noble, Macbeth, is driven by his selfish desires to murder King Duncan and steal his throne. Along the way, Macbeth’s guilt and paranoia begin to take over, causing him to make unacceptable decisions. Throughout the play, Shakespeare uses several motifs to further explain his ideas. A motif is a recurring element or symbol that is seen in a literary composition. One specific motif used by Shakespeare was disordered nature. Unnatural events are featured in many parts of the play. The first occurrence takes place when Banquo and Macbeth meet the three witches in Act 1 Scene 3. While speaking to Macbeth, Banquo…show more content…
At the deserted area, Macbeth claims to the witches, “ though the treasure/ Of nature’s germens tumble all together,/ Even till destruction sicken, answer me/ To what I ask you.” Macbeth is willing to risk anything to receive King Duncan’s title, even if it may involve destroying nature itself. After hearing the words of the witches, Macbeth ensures that he will not be defeated by telling himself, “high-placed Macbeth/ Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath/ To time and mortal custom.” Macbeth believes through the witches’ prophecies, he will live a long life and die naturally. However, Macbeth feels all the murders he has committed are beginning to hold him back, causing his time to pass quickly.
In the last act of the play, Lady Macbeth’s guilt begins to build up, as she is constantly seen sleepwalking. Lady Macbeth tries to clean her hands from the evidence of Duncan’s murder; however, nothing seems to purify her. The doctor who has been observing Lady Macbeth claims, “ Unnatural deeds/ Do breed unnatural troubles. Infected minds/ To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets./ More needs she the divine than the physician.” Lady Macbeth’s actions have greatly impacted her, that no earthly assistance would be able to cure her of her disease. She has ruined her soul, and nothing could bring her
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