Macbeth Theme Analysis

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  • Themes in Macbeth
    • Ambition
      • the ruthless seeking of power by Macbeth and also Lady Macbeth. This ambition makes Macbeth more stronger and the ambition leads to evil
    • Masculinity
      • during the play Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth into killing Duncan by questioning his masculinity
        • this is seen particularly in Act 1 Scene 7: "was the hope drunk, wherein you dressed yourself"
          • here Lady Macbeth compares his inital behaviour to someone who is intoxicated
          • "when you doth do it then you were a man" the effect of this quote is that Lady Macbeth is saying that Macbeth is a coward and can't follow through with the actions
    • Evil
      • Macbeth has the intentions of murder, destroying whatever is good
    • the supernatural
      • the very first characters we meet are the witches
      • Context
        • In Shakespeare's time (Jacobean) belief in witchcraft was very strong and many wicthes were burnt at the stake
      • during Act 2 Scene 2 Macbeth is unable to say "amen" this suggests that God has already condemned him
    • Nature
      • Frequent images of animals and birds are often omnious. Shakespeare shows how evil overruns Scotland by using images of nature disturbed
        • "a falcon tow'ring in her pride of place was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed
          • this suggests that it is unnatural for a falcon to be killed by a mouse.
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