William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

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Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare 's most famous tragedies, it is believed to have been written and first performed in 1606. Sources indicate that the play was written to appease King James I, who had ascended to the throne after Queen Elizabeth I. The play tells a tale of a brave Scottish Thane named Macbeth, whose thirst for power brought him to murder Duncan, the King of Scotland, only to become a tyrant, and have his actions lead to his eventual demise as the tragic hero. Throughout the play it is evident that audiences could potentially have many understandings of the themes present, and these understandings are met with the use of soliloquies. Soliloquies ‘reveal the mindset and motivations of the central character’ (O’Connor.E, 2012), a soliloquy is ‘when a character speaks their deepest thoughts aloud to themselves when alone’ (Shakespeare 's Life, Class Notes). Soliloquies are an important feature of any play, as they allow the audience to not only view the development of the play, but the inner workings of characters. This essay will discuss the soliloquy “If it were done when ’tis done” in Act 1 Scene 7 and how it is crucial in shaping our understanding of the theme of ambition, the soliloquy performed by Lady Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5, and how it is vital in our comprehension of the theme of the reversal of values.

Although Macbeth was written just after the end of the Elizabethan Era (1558-1603), many of the ideals held during Queen Elizabeth’s reign were…

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