Shakespeare Is Still Relevant

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Shakespeare: still relevant SHAKESPEARE- TO BE OR NOT TO BE Why study an old fuddy-duddy? There must be something universal about him. Is Shakespeare still relevant? It is a question that can be answered by the majority of our generations, I mean; we have been studying his work for decades on. The facets of Macbeth are a representation of how our society still functions, thus, the human nature that cannot be eradicated- what it means to be human, something irreplaceable between the eons and countries despite all the disparities in status, culture and knowledge. The themes in Macbeth- ambition, guilt and conscience and violence- are still pertinent in today’s society. Shakespeare has encapsulated the true essence of an era that is amazingly still prevalent now. Macbeth is a nihilistic play about ambition that has driven out of control. The Weird Sister’s prophecies are what sparked both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to fulfil their penchant to be King and Queen of Scotland; however, the sister’s do not force anything upon them. Macbeth and his wife willingly act on their own to satisfy their aspirations. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, originated as naive and pure individuals, are overruled by their extreme ambition that envelopes and leads them to their eventual downfall. Macbeth develops into an egotistic murdering maniac who violates his morals. Lady Macbeth succumbs to her overwhelming thoughts and is crushed alive by guilt. Macbeth’s ambition is shown through a soliloquy in Act 1 Scene 7. “Vaulting ambition, which overleaps itself, and falls on th’other.” Macbeth himself is stating that he is acting purely on ambition and that everything else on the way is collateral damage. Macbeth displays how unchecked ambition, without any moral conscience, can never be achieved without tapping into the dark sides of oneself. It is like a barbaric monster that will destroy anyone

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