Macbeth Themes-Essay

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Themes Essay “Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is more than just an spooky story from Scottish History-it has a number of important ideas for an audience to consider.” Write an Essay in which you explore the important ideas (themes) of Macbeth. There are a number of important themes in Macbeth. For each of the following explain the theme, the role of the theme in the play and some example quotations which illustrate the theme. 1. Order VERSUS Disorder * The Natural Order and the Great Chain of being. * Regicide- to Kill a King * Usurp (take something that does not rightfully belong to you) the throne * Killing friends * Slaughtering Children 2. Ambition (Temptation) and the Consequences Macbeth is a tale about the destructive force of ambition. It is ambition that is Macbeth’s fatal flaw and which in the end brings about his annihilation. “Vaulting ambition,” is what drives Macbeth into the woe, where he commits the miserable deeds of murder and treason. Many characters in the play show ambition but the main portrayals of ambition are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Ambition is the catalyst of the play and the events, which take part in the text. “To have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself.” “He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear his hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear.” 3. Appearance VERSUS Reality (Influences of the Supernatural) The existence of superstition of the Supernatural World is one of the critical themes in this text. “Hark, I am called; my little spirit, see, Sits in a foggy cloud, and stays for me.” Macbeth promotes the concept of witches, predictions, ghosts and unnatural occurrences. The supernatural theme is immediately introduced in the opening scene of the play. The witches are the first character the audience is introduced to. The sheer
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