William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - The Natural And Supernatural World

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Carter W. Dunn
AP Literature
To be or not to be? That is the Question of Macbeth
The idea that not everything is quite what it seems is not a new one, and has been explored even long before the time of William Shakespeare; however, the playwright whose name has remained the talk of dinner tables worldwide, did an exceptional job of weighing the plurality of the different forms of the natural world. In the Scottish play, Macbeth, Shakespeare both entertains his audience, and poses questions as to what is real and what is changeable. The play explores the themes of the natural and supernatural world, questions whether or not the presence of evil is natural within men, and what motivations can be provided by the presence of power. His single most impactful analysis on the dual nature of all things however, was his portrayal of what it means to be a woman. His female characters develop differently from one another, and their choices and fates can help the audience to interpret Shakespeare’s views on womanhood; nevertheless, the great beauty of Shakespeare lies in the mystery, and it is the obligation of the attentive viewer to unravel that mystery form themselves. The mystery currently in question, is Shakespeare’s portrayal of womanly nature, whether or not they can survive in the dog-eat-dog world of men, and if even men are beneath their supernatural ambitions. To be a woman in any era has had its many challenges, and while those challenges have fluidly
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