William Shakespeare, Regarded As The Foremost Dramatist

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William Shakespeare, regarded as the foremost dramatist of his time, wrote Macbeth. It is an amalgamation of witchcraft, allusion, and prophecies that depicts a seemingly unescapable fate of human beings in the world. It paints a black and horrid picture but it also implies the ideals of Renaissance humanism. Although imperfect, the embodiment of the characters has tremendous self awareness, freedom and, self-expression. Much like pervasive themes endemic to the Renaissance, the theme of the play revolves around the destruction of one’s humanity due to its insatiable appetite for prosperity. It shows the progression of corruption brought about by one’s rampant ambition. Shakespeare’s body of work echoes a strong response against the…show more content…
Furthermore, the and lack of ambiance creates a complete sense of mystery, that encapsulates the essence of the barbaric nature of the period. To enhance the unsettling visuals, the antagonists are in the form of witches. They have visible aspects defined as withered women with bizarre and unnatural features. They introduce an element of supernatural mystery and fear into Macbeth as they move with thunder and lightning and vanish in thin air. Prophecies govern the fate of the protagonist in the play much like Christian doctrines in new Testament predicts catastrophes. Shakespeare engineered this element as a recurring structure that developed the theme of the play as it instigates the protagonists plot into motion. Created by the antagonists in the play, the prophecy is mainly a choice handed over to the protagonist. It is a vision that posses no definite shape unless the dark thoughts have already been smoldered in the mind of the one being affected. The Witches, merely prophesize certain things for Macbeth. They do not influence him in any concrete manner, but the effect of the prophecy is to make Macbeth, start as if he were already guilty of harboring dangerous ideas. It is a fact that his ambition impels him towards “the swelling act of the imperial theme”, though his conscience fills him with horror at the idea that has come to him about how to gain the throne. This

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