Macbeth Q & As

1. Discuss the significance of the supernatural in Macbeth. In Macbeth, supernatural plays a significant role. It appears in many different ways in the play, such as through the witch’s prophecies, the floating dagger and Banquo’s ghost. Firstly, supernatural in Macbeth is introduced at the beginning of the play, with the three witches. They tell … Read more

The Root of Macbeth’s Downfall

During the Elizabethan era, the late sixteenth century, belief in supernatural forces was common. If people thought something was out of the ordinary, they would attribute it to supernatural elements (Moniz). In many of William Shakespeare’s plays, the supernatural has a substantial role, including Macbeth. Although the supernatural spur Macbeth’s ambition, he freely chooses to … Read more

Macbeth’s Mental Disorder

Through careful analysis of the behaviors of William Shakespeare’s character Macbeth, it can be inferred that Macbeth was probably suffering from Schizophrenia, because he had hallucinations, delusions, and a reduced emotional attachment to things. As defined by the National Institute of Mental Health, “Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects the way … Read more

Prophecy, guilt, remorse, and ambition – Macbeth

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the three major themes that are carried out in perhaps the greatest of Shakespeare’s tragedies is prophecy, guilt, remorse, and ambition. These themes are the ideas that Shakespeare explores dramatically in the experience of the characters in Macbeth, and they define the play. Macbeth explores its own issues alongside other Shakespeare plays, … Read more

The Corruption of Power

In the play ​Macbeth​, Shakespeare uses the expectations of manhood to introduce the changes in Macbeth’s character throughout the play, in order to convey the corrupting influence of power. The different themes shown in this play can help an audience to not only better understand the text, but also learn from the experiences mentioned. Society … Read more

Anglo-saxon epic poems: Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Macbeth

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written in Medieval times where knights were seen as glorious. There was an extremely particular social class framework in the Middle Ages. Most Medieval individuals were peasants, however the separation amongst workers and respectability was obvious.The knights obligation during the Medieval times was to figure out how to … Read more

Harry Jaffa – Shakespeare (Tempest, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure)

Harry Jaffa begins his article by saying that Shakespeare is the only known poet who has written both tragic and comedy plays. He says there is no direct evidence that shows if Shakespeare was influenced by Socrates or not because his work has intelligibility to it. He quotes Leo Strauss when drawing a connection between … Read more

Moral Boundaries In Macbeth

Ambition is in every individual’s innate nature as one constantly looks for ways to become more powerful and increase their social and economic status. In Macbeth, author William Shakespeare explores the extreme lengths one will go to achieve their ambitions against moral and societal limitations and the resulting tragic impacts on them and their surroundings. … Read more

Macbeth – moral and psychological outcome of decisions

Negative decisions in life prompt disastrous outcomes on both a moral and psychological level. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both lose their mental ground due to their uncontrolled ambition, ultimately leading to their demise. Both characters begin their quest for power differently and react uniquely to the strain of murders. However, Lady … Read more

Vishal Bharadwaj – Miyan Maqbool (Macbeth)

The versatility of Shakespeare’s original plays, such as Macbeth, allow modern directors to individually interpret them. Vanessa Gerhard says that, “Shakespeare’s plays are not stable and fixed anymore but are used, transposed and transformed by various elements and cultures”. This is true of Maqbool, where the alterations director Vishal Bharadwaj (who transformed Macbeth into his … Read more

Female roles: Lady Macbeth, Wolf-Alice & the unnamed female in The Bloody Chamber

The most famous female role to review is Lady Macbeth; her lack of innocence is perfectly clear, due to her murderous intent, however many still debate her seductive nature. Some critics ‘depict her as seductive, luring her husband towards crime by playing the part of his ‘dearest chuck’’ This interpretation of her is appealing to … Read more

Conflict presented in ‘Macbeth’

There are many types of conflict presented in ‘Macbeth’, given that it is one of the main themes, the most notable ones being internal conflict, the conflict between the natural and unnatural and marital conflict. Shakespeare presents each of these different types of conflict dramatically through soliloquies and direct conversation and relationships throughout the play. … Read more

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