Discuss how Shakespeare presents different kinds of madness in King Lear. Mitchell Wassink Madness is a common motif in Shakespeare’s King Lear, and makes itself known in various different ways throughout the play. Lear’s madness and the seeming madness of Edgar meld with the madness displayed by the evil acts of Edmund and the Fool’s controlled foolishness to create a rich, varied text. Shakespeare manipulates dramatic and literary elements to communicate the idea of madness effectively to his audience, and uses it to enhance and enrich the more important themes in the play. The books Aspects of King Lear by Kenneth Muir and Law and Love: The Trials of King Lear by Paul W. Kahn discuss Shakespeare’s implementation of madness in his work, as does Norman Maclean in his essay, The Madness of Lear, and Jessica Dunckel in hers, The Necessity of Reasonable Madness in King Lear.
Macbeth: Character Analysis Often times, we judge others with extreme opinions and dismiss the incredible feats of talent they may possess. Although these same people we judge gives us good reason to judge, it’s better to see who they really are, and instead dismiss the act they put off. In Shakespeare’s’ tragedy, Macbeth is a great thane who is also a sane normal man. From the beginning, we are told about Macbeth’s triumphs. We see that he is a great warrior, “For brave Macbeth-well he deserves this name,-disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel, which smok'd with bloody execution."
He is a man of noble stature, which means he is no ordinary man, but a man with an outstanding quality and greatness about him.. At first, Macbeth is celebrated as a brave man and is rewarded with a new title from the king. He is rewarded with the title of being the Thane of Cawdor, which the three witches in the play predicted. The witches are calculations, which helps drive Macbeth’s ambition and transform him into a murderer. The view of Macbeth as a brave man is ruined when we see how Lady Macbeth, his wife, easily manipulates him. He is soon overwhelmed with ambition and self-doubt.
John Sterrett Mrs. Susser pd. 4 Literary Analysis Essay A recurring trait throughout many of Shakespeare’s plays is the idea of one character that shines light upon the flaws of another character. The character that shows the flaw of the other character is known as a foil. Shakespeare would use foils not only to emphasize someone’s characteristics, but also to help illustrate the play’s overall meaning. For example in Macbeth, Macduff’s loyalty was used to emphasize Macbeth’s disloyalty to the king.
The tragic hero’s nobility is often compromised by his desire for revenge to what extent is this true of Hamlet? Hamlet was written in the 1600 by Shakespeare, and explores the ideas of corruption, nobility and ignobility. Hamlet is a complex character that has many flaws that can both define and in some ways defies what the traditional tragic hero is meant to be. Shakespeare wrote Hamelt to face many factors that compromise Hamlets nobility; these themes include obsession, desire and specifically revenge. Hamlet supports and defies the traditional ‘tragic hero’ outlined by Aristotle, is a character with a high moral standing and is of noble stature that is compromised by a tragic flaw, which then results in tragedy.
Macbeth is physically strong and competent, however his weak character causes him to lose his grip over guilt and his insecurities. When he becomes crowned thane of Cawdor just as the prophecies had said, the thought of murdering Duncan crossed Macbeth’s mind, and he starts to seriously consider it. However, during this period, Macbeth reveals his inner turmoil and moral dilemma in his soliloquies. (kinsman, host, and Duncan hath born his faculties so meek, act 1 sc 7) Lady Macbeth knows that Macbeth is too “full o’ th’ milk of human kindness”, so she challenges his manhood by calling him a coward, knowing that Macbeth will in turn, show that he is not a coward by accepting to murder Duncan. This shows that his ambition and self-image of bravery wins over his virtues.
187-8.) This pretense of madness Shakespeare borrowed from the earlier versions of the story. The fact that he has made it appear like real madness to many critics today only goes to show the wideness of his knowledge and the greatness of his dramatic skill. In the play the only persons who regard Hamlet as really mad are the king and his henchmen, and even these are troubled with many doubts. Polonius is the first to declare him mad, and he thinks it is because Ophelia has repelled his love.
The protagonist Macbeth was once this great Scottish hero, but he was a victim of his own ambition for power, which in the end was the cause of his tragic downfall. No matter how much force he put against himself, he could not resist his evil urges. Macbeth is so intrigued and obsessed with the idea of being King, he puts himself in situations that are hard for anyone to get over. “The prince of Cumberland! that is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’er-leap, for in my way it lies” (I.IV.55-57).
Shakespeare’s Hamlet has and intricate plot formed by the characters and themes throughout it. One major idea is Hamlet’s changing sanity, which fluctuates through the play as a performance and as a true madness. The other main theme which develops the play is the act of vengeance, with the delay and doubt that accompanies it. These themes, along with dramatic devices and the characters in the plot, add to the textual integrity of the play. There is a duality to the character of Hamlet, as his madness changes from a performance to true insanity throughout the play.
Macbeth is a tragic hero, a person of high rank who is brought to eventual ruin by a flaw in his character Macbeth`s tragic flaw is his ambition,which leads him to a series of bloody and increasingly indefensible acts. The most apparent flaw, and perhaps the most in Macbeth`s character, is his lack of patience and temperance. These shortcomings haunted Macbeth,causing him to let his overvaulting ambition rush fate, and hasten his doom. Macbeth could not wait for an appointment to a position of more power. Instead , he murdered the king to take his place.