Themes in Macbeth

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Within Shakespeare 's famous 'Macbeth ' there are many different themes that make the play the captivating masterpiece that it is. The role of the 'supernatural ' is a very important element of Shakespeare 's Macbeth. Just as important, the theme of 'masculinity ' is very dominant. Both themes contribute to the play 's unique and powerful nature, overall creating a very effective storyline, strong characters, and unexpected twists and turns throughout.

In the time of William Shakespeare there was a strong belief in the existence of supernatural forces. Thus, the 'supernatural ' is a very prominent theme within many of Shakespeare 's plays. In 'Macbeth ' this theme is an indispensable part of the structure of the plot, providing a
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He speaks of a "half-world [where] nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse the curtained sleep", proclaiming that "witchcraft celebrates", showing Macbeth 's imaginings of evil at work. Enabling a very mystery-filled play, the 'supernatural ' aspect of Shakespeare 's 'Macbeth ' is very dominant.

Another very dominant theme within 'Macbeth ' is that of masculinity. The characters within the play tend to associate masculinity with aggression, bravery, and vengeance, as well as showing a lack of emotion. Whenever manhood is the topic of any conversation between characters, violence is always quick to follow. This is proven at multiple points throughout the duration of the play; through Macbeth questioning the manhood of the murderers he hires to ensure the death of Banquo, through Lady Macbeth 's provoking Macbeth to murder the King by doubting his manhood and through Malcolm telling Macduff in a very manly fashion that he must seek revenge for his family 's death. In the beginning of the play where Lady Macbeth proclaims, "when you durst do it, then you are a man", she is implying that Macbeth could kill Duncan and become the King, if only he were masculine. Masculinity is not only to be associated with just the men in the play, as it is an attribute seen within many of the women. Particularly in Lady Macbeth, masculinity is seen through her overpowering, cold, and violent nature. In Act One Lady Macbeth indicates her desire to replace her
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