William Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay examples

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth The story of Macbeth on a purely literary level could be appreciated as a fantastically dark story teeming with evil and uncertainty and the blind ambition of a blood thirsty warrior. However one would have to merely scratch the surface to discover that it is bursting with periodical references to political and social foundations of Shakespear's and James I era. Shakespeare's blend of the subliminal political and social references compliment other ever present themes also woven into the plot resulting in a rich tapestry of intrigue that elevates the play from being just a totally fictitious story but also a historical document that reflect the fears and beliefs of…show more content…
Macbeth does display ambition but it does require a spark to ignite the flame inside of him. That spark comes to him through the witches prophecy as opposed to Macbeth's own invention. One could deduce that Macbeth would have never contemplated killing the king if it hadn't been for the influences that other people had on him. Initially when Macbeth hears his fortune from the witches he doesn't instantly grasp it; in fact he acts quite differently. The experience with the witches makes him quite uncomfortable " cannot be ill, cannot be good"(1,3,130). Although the witches have made him feel uneasy "present fears are less than horrible imaginings"(1,3,136-137) he decides he will allow what fate he is destined to prove itself by alowing time and consequence to run its path " come what may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day"(1,3,146-147). However whilst discussing the witches prophecy Macbeth says "my thought, who's murder is yet but fantastical"(1,3,138). The wholesomeness that Macbeth appears to exhume comes into question when he begins to talk of murder. Macbeth confesses also to "black and deep desires"(1,5,51) and acknowledges that the king's son the Prince of Cumberland is an obsticle between him and the throne. Macbeth's dark desires and mutterings of murder

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