Themes in Macbeth Essay

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English Speech on Themes in Macbeth As director, I am hoping to convey Shakespeare’s main ideas and demonstrate how they remain relevant and engaging throughout the ages in my production of Macbeth. I strongly believe that Shakespeare’s key ideas such as ambition and violence have remained relevant and engaging until today. For example, ambition is required in order to climb the ranks in business or achieve our personal goals and violence is occurs incessantly. In my production I will embody these key ideas with costuming, make-up, lighting, props and background images. To begin with, ambition is the driving force of the play. It has a corrupting power over Macbeth, causing the downfall of both himself and Lady Macbeth as well as initiating a series of deaths. Today, ambition is highly regarded. Job applications often ask for ambitious candidates, entrepreneurs are admired for their ambition and energy and dynamic countries and cities have ambitious plans for growth. In Act 1 Scene 7 Macbeth says, “I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself And falls on th’other” In this soliloquy, Macbeth admits that his only reason for committing murder is ambition. The ambition presented him with negative characteristics such as greed, intolerance, ruthlessness and an unhealthy drive for power. In addition, it blocked out his respect for others and his compassion. Earlier in his soliloquy, Macbeth also uses foreshadowing as he declares, “Bloody instructions which, being taught, return To plague th’inventor” Here, Macbeth explained his deeds will eventually come back to haunt him. Earlier in the soliloquy ,he uses dark imagery, in phrases such as “Deep damnation” a “Poisoned Chalice” and “Bloody Instructions”. These all suggests that Macbeth is aware of how the murder would open the door to a dark and sinful

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