The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare effectively explores and follows the framework of the tragedy, Macbeth; a tale of systematic suffering, which foreshadows and imminently leads to the death of a great man. Essentially, it is Macbeth’s flaw – his growing ambition – which leads to these harsh repercussions. Shakespeare demonstrates his tragedy, through Aristotle’s elements and definition of tragedy, which ultimately concerns the reversal of good fortune to bad. In “Macbeth”, ambition conspires with supernatural forces to commit evil deeds and the themes of the supernatural, evil and ambition, all contribute to tragedy. The three themes are accordingly depicted by the Witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself – the trio concocting the recipe for the downfall of a great man.
The supernatural – an external force that does not correspond to the laws of nature – serves as the initial theme of the tragedy, “Macbeth” – contributing to the first aspect of a play, the action. In “Macbeth”, Shakespeare explores the world of man and the supernatural, which are both disrupted by killing – in the Elizabethan era, the killing of a king was seen as a sin against god. The play’s supernatural dimension opens with the impeding presence of the witches in Act 1, Scene 1. The dominant imagery of night and darkness is introduced as the witches gather in the ‘foul and filthy air’. The weird sisters’ perhaps most infamous statement, ‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair’, presents a combination of a
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