William Shakespeare 's Macbeth And The Human Condition

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William Shakespeare’s plays have been analysed and studied for hundreds of years. They are an iconic aspect of human history and are considered by many, even today, to be timeless classics. But how is it that stories written centuries ago continue to maintain so much relevance in modern society? Hello and welcome to today’s public forum; Shakespeare – its relevance in our world today. Shakespeare’s ability to capture the essence of the human condition, the key characteristics and ideals that compose the essentials of human existence, in his works is a testimony to his own successes. Today, we will be looking at how the themes and concepts presented in Shakespeare’s Macbeth are able to transcend time and place, maintaining relevance in the 21st century, through his accurate representations of the human condition itself. This will be completed through the extended analysis of the destructive nature of ambition presented in the play Macbeth and finding parallels between this concept and its place in modern society using a contemporary case study; the story of Bernard Madoff. In the very beginning of the play, Macbeth’s ambitions and desires towards power are untouched and concealed. He is portrayed as a righteous and noble man whom has stood for Scotland and its people for quite some time; there is no mention of any overarching desires to ascend to the throne. However, immediately following the prophecies of the witches that reveal Macbeth is to be crowned king, Macbeth chooses

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