Comparing and contrasting Macbeth and Havisham Both utilise dramatic monologues to present inner workings of the characters there by allowing the reader an opportunity to witness the loss of humanity. Shakespeare uses the monologue in act 2 scene 1 to show how Macbeth is a person who can rationalise and reason but becomes dark and deceitful. He appears to be a man who is rational and logical with the questions asking “is this…dagger…I see before me…toward my hand?” “Art thou not…sensible…as to sight?” reflecting that he has the ability to reason. Macbeth transforms into someone requesting evil to “hear not my step” presenting us with the fact that he is asking for support to be inhumane. Duffy structures the poem like a monologue so the reader can track Havisham’s descent into inhumanity, as she descends further into madness.
Compare the ways in which Shakespeare and Stephenson presents the theme of evil through the characters of Macbeth and Jekyll and Hyde In ‘Macbeth’, to an Elizabethan audience the evil being explored is that of killing a king. Regicide to the Elizabethan’s was an act against God. In the Victorian novella ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, Stephenson is exploring the horror and evil of science used for personal gain. Shakespeare and Stephenson use these characters ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ as vehicles to explore the themes of violence, ambition, evil, power, desire to have a better life and guilt. Essentially, they are both great mean who have a position in society but each has a fatal flaw.
In The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare demonstrates the build of guilt and remorse that Macbeth and his Queen begin to develop, consequently aids and foreshadows their demise. Shakespeare uses a wide variety of imagery to emphasize how guilt affects Macbeth’s life. Also, throughout the play, multiple pieces of evidence are displayed to prove how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both change drastically from the beginning to the end of this piece. Finally, towards the end of the play, Macbeth finally comes to terms with himself and his devious actions, thus restoring his old mentality. Guilt is a factor of human nature and touches just about everyone at some point.
Flaws and Weaknesses Presented in Macbeth In the play Macbeth Shakespeare presents the overspreading influence of evil over the sinister and ambitious minds which lead them to committing the most villainy and valour act; this act does not only lead to victory but it affects man, the state also the state and Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s relationship. Shakespeare also provides the essential morality which encourages their development in order to bring things back to normal. It shows that Shakespeare has illustrated the change of a good person to a ghastly figure. The effect of evil I Lady Macbeth is also closely examined. In Macbeth, Shakespeare transfers the evil from the villains to the hero and the heroine.
Observing the juxtaposition in these two scenes with Polanski’s Macbeth with the influence of the witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth’s role of ambition and his weaknesses. In Shakespeare, Macbeth is interpreted as being intrusive with evil as he and Lady Macbeth both make deliberate choices to do evil deeds. As a victim of fate Macbeth is deemed to some extent not accountable for his actions, but as a victim of his own actions, Shakespeare makes him subjective to the consequences by his own behaviour. Firstly, In Shakespeare’s version of Macbeth is delineated as a victim of his own actions, with his overpowering ambition and tendency to self-doubt. This is identified in Act Two, Scene Two where Macbeth converses with Lady Macbeth about the death of Duncan.
A Character Comparison between Shakespeare’s Macbeth to Brian De Palma’s Scarface Power has the capability to corrupt the most notable of characters. It is able to make a person do things that they would generally not do, and motivate, depending on the source, for acts of good or evil. Macbeth is a tragic story written by William Shakespeare that shows how a notable Scotsman Macbeth gets power, and how he became person of dishonesty. This delusional sense of power enables Macbeth to commit various crimes in order to retain his false title of the King of Scotland. In Brian De Palma’s Scarface the character of Antonio 'Tony' Montana, in similar fashion, became the drug lord of Miami through equally questionable, immoral and corrupt deeds.
Madness in Hamlet and King Lear The subject of madness is a major theme in two of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedies, “Hamlet” and “King Lear”. In both of these plays, a character feigns insanity to carry out a motive - Hamlet and Edgar respectively. However, while it is made quite clear to the audience that Edgar is only pretending to be a mad beggar (“Whiles I may escape I will preserve myself, and am bethought to take the basest and most poorest shape that ever penury, in contempt of man brought near to beast”), it is somewhat less clear whether Hamlet has crossed the line and lost control of his “antic disposition”. Shakespeare gives evidence which suggests that Hamlet is sane by having three other men also witness the manifestation of the ghost of Hamlet’s father. If Hamlet were to have seen his father’s ghost by himself, there would be a greater argument for him being insane from the outset of the play.
To deceive is to give a false impression towards someone. Macbeth, the main character and many others do just that. In the play the characters have a different side to them then shown. “Look like an innocent flower /but be the serpent under it” (Macbeth I, IV, 65-66) Lady Macbeth reassured this to Macbeth explaining how they would get away with murder. Being deceitful is wrong and can lead you down a path of many lies.
Shakespeare's Presentation of Othello as Responsible for his Own Downfall Shakespeare’s Othello consists of the themes betrayal, love and dishonesty. At the centre of this play is the tragic downfall of Othello at the hands of his so called friend Iago. In this essay I will be discussing the reasons for and against Othello being responsible for his downfall through looking at critical interpretations of his character and actions. In some ways you could say that Othello was highly responsible for his own downfall as he was easily manipulated by Iago showing him to be gullible and naïve. Iago manipulates Othello by making him suspicious through inference, “Ha I like not that”.