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Macbeth Essay Examples

Is Lady Macbeth More Ambitious Than Macbeth

...He was brave, smart and showed real loyalty in the beginning of the act and at the end where he regrets all his actions. And later in the act, Macbeth wishes that Lady Macbeth was still alive so he could blame her for all the actions. Lady Macbeth’s ambition is almost opposite to Macbeth’s. She is the type of person who is willing to achieve anything to fulfil her ambition. Lady Macbeth is the one who made all situations possible and it shows us that Lady Macbeth clearly has more ambition th...

Greed and Power in Macbeth

...The prediction (if it is a prediction) they tell Macbeth compels him to ponder on killing his King. Macbeth kills many thinking that he is invincible because the witches said that Macbeth can’t be killed unless that man is born of a woman. When Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane, Macbeth knows that he is going to be killed. The Witches prophecy, along with Lady Macbeth’s ruthlessness and ambition are the causes for the tragedy. Macbeth shows us that too much ambition and thirst for power will le...

William Shakespeare and His Works

...The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of the twin brothers, When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madnes...

Critical Review of Macbeth by William Shakespeare

...What he gains in will and confidence is counterbalanced and eventually toppled by the iniquitous weight of the events he set in motion and felt he had to perpetuate. When he dies, he seems almost to be released from the imprisonment of his own evil. References Bradley, A. C. (1905). Shakespearean Tragedy. London: Macmillan. Harbage, Alfred. (1963). William Shakespeare: A Reader’s Guide. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Shakespeare, William. (1992). Macbeth. Alan Sinfield (ed. ). Houndsmi...

Lady Macbeth Is the Real Villain of Macbeth

...Although she has evil intentions and holds villainous characteristics, she has a conscience and becomes extremely guilty of her actions. The audience is left wondering who the ‘real’ villain is, and some may think it’s Macbeth, however Macbeth is a tragic hero as he realizes the crime he has committed, yet he still fights until his very last moment. The witches are certainly the real villains of this play as play upon the motives of Macbeth, therefore being responsible for his downfall, an...

Macbeth Eulogy

...One thing is certain, and it is that Macbeth will never be forgotten by any assembled here or by the Scottish nation as a whole. His courageous deeds as a hero of the nation’s military shone with brilliance and glory, never to dull with the passage of time, and none could honestly say that his time as national monarch was a bland or typical reign. Although famed for his skills as both a warrior and a host, his personality ran much deeper; his deep thought and loyal devotion to his wife did no...

Similarities/Differences of Macbeth, Banquo, and Macduff

...Banquo is naive character whose selfishness indirectly leads to many preventable deaths, he never directly does anything to harm or hurt anyone so he is a neutral role in the play. Macduff’s pride and selflessness makes him take a stand against Scotland’s tyrant rule leaving his personal life behind, this makes him the hero of the play. In summary I have tried to explain the three main characters in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and how they define and characterize themselves throughout the play. ...

Academic Criticism Graphic Organizer

...Lady Macbeths true mentality was shown in the production when she sat on the floor and started to rub her hands together vigorously to wash off the imaginary blood she sees on her hands. The painting shows Lady Macbeth walking calmly but in the production she screams with frustration unable to let anyone what she has done, so she is left with having to keep the secret forever. However, Scheiner’s painting captured the main purpose of this scene in one picture, all by contrasting the lighting a...

Kingship in Macbeth

...He rules with terror and evil. Duncan was a king who rules with peace and honesty, but his trusting nature unfortunately lead to his untimely death. In both Malcolm and Edward, we see good kings who appear to possess and understand the qualities needed to be king. Although it can be said that a fault may be seen in Malcolm’s character, this is no more than a suggestion, and I feel that his positive traits as King overwrite this. At the end of the play we are left feeling satisfied that has bee...

Corruption of Power - Macbeth

...At the beginning of the play he is the great and noble solider praised by King Duncan, but later transforms to a psychotic and corrupt king. He killed innocent people to get to his position as king and to further secure it. Furthermore, Shakespeare portrays in his play Macbeth, blind ambition, appearances can be deceiving and corruption of power and how they can be outside forces contributing to one’s downfall. In Macbeth’s case, outside forces influence his decisions and ultimately lead to ...

Macbeth - a Study of the Criminal Mind

...Shakespeare uses Macbeth to show the terrible effects that ambition and guilt can have on a human who lacks strength in character. Often, examples in real life start off with an innocent person who is mentally incapable of handling such a thing, and is influenced by something in their lives. With this in mind, Shakespeare’s Macbeth truly is a study of the criminal mind. It can be seen through the inner workings of the Three Witches, the manipulation by Lady Macbeth and the growing insanity of ...

The nature and the role of women in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

...A secondary depiction of the nature of women’s role in the play, which upholds the conventional viewpoint regarding Lady Macbeth’s nature comes in Act I Scene 3, when the three witches cast spells on a poor sailor because his wife cursed one of the witches and refused to give her some chestnuts. This indicates that scheming women cloud reality and men suffer for women’s schemes, manipulations and evil actions. The reference to the witches being “female, but have beards,” reinforces the...

Relationship Between Machbeth and Lady Macbeth

...He no longer cares who the person is, who will be affected by their murder, or if they deserve to die or not, if there is the possibility of them coming in the way of Macbeth and his dream, they are dead. Macbeth no longer has the fear of getting caught either. He believes he is invincible, that he can do anything. This just goes to show how much one person can have such a huge impact on your life and how the right amount of taunting and nagging mixed with a whole lot of ambition creates a very ...

Macbeth’s Downfall

...“My nemesis - my downfall, if you will - was relationships, and trying to fulfill them.” (Jennifer O'Neill). This quote shows us that Macbeth’s relationship with lady Macbeth was part of his downfall because of his want to fulfill what she wanted. His want to fulfill her desires of him drove him to kill King Duncan. “We fail? but screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail.” (1.7.59-61). This quote shows us that Lady Macbeth not only encouraged him to kill King Dunc...

Critical Lens

...In the twisted short story, The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs, the author uses irony to show that the world is full of evil and suffering. One example of irony in the short story is when Mr. and Mrs. White need money, so they make a wish with the paw for 200 pounds. They wait the next morning after their son, Herbert, goes to work for the money to show up. Later in the afternoon, a fancily dressed man pays a visit to the family saying that their son has died in a machinery accident. He then pays t...

Appearance vs. Reality - Comparative Essay

...The theme of things not always being as they should be has been used throughout the history of literature. This is shown by Shakespeare and Shelley who wrote in completely different contexts and centuries. They show how judging based on appearances can have an effect on the individual, how the visual sense is man’s strongest sense so judgment is instinctively based on appearances and how the way one looks puts them in their place in society. The prejudice of looking good meaning being good and...

Soliloquies of Macbeth

...Thus, it is through the use of the soliloquy that Macbeth’s inner struggles and frustrations have been revealed. We realise his essential nobility and also that he has been pushed into the career of crime by his vaulting ambition, his poetic imagination, and the combined solicitations and exhortations of these equivocating fiends, the witches and his “Fiend – like Queen.” For this Lady Macbeth also is referred to as “The fourth witch” of the play. In short, the soliloquy is a potent ...

I Have No Sympathy for Macbeth

...In the end, because Macbeth is a flawed hero and not a super hero, because he is capable of doing great right and great wrong, the audience can empathise with him. They can understand his motivations and actions, even though the audience may not like them, because they are the same motivations that drive all human beings. It is because of his humanity and morality, portrayed through his soliloquies and his fatal flaw, does the audience understand Macbeth’s actions so that they retain a degree ...

Macbeth: Fate vs. Free Will

...All the choices Macbeth made impacted his future, and no, it was not because of fate. It was because Macbeth had a spark of ambition, which was rubbed against a prophesised fate that then turned into a huge disaster. Overall, I believe that Macbeth was responsible for what happened during every second of his life, and that fate was not leading him to his destiny. I do believe that after a while Macbeth started to loose his mind and forget what he was doing in the first place. I think that the th...

Macbeth Good vs Evil

...Review and list again the qualities Shakespeare thinks are needed by a king to govern a country Honesty Kind Fair Loyalty Generosity Courage 17. List the things that are not what they seem to be, and people whose reality is different from their appearance •Duncan visits Macbeth’s castle and was amazed at the view of the castle but didn’t know that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plotted to kill him. •The old Thane of Cawdor seems like he’s very noble but he ended up being a traitor. A dagger ...

Good vs evil in Shakespeare's Macbeth

...Macbeth still thinks of himself as a man, and as such would rather die than suffer the indignity of being 'baited with the rabble's curse. ' This feeling in him reminds us of the worthy Macbeth at the beginning of the play. We also see that he still has the courage to act on his convictions, desperate though that courage may be. For he knows now that he must die. He fights as a man. Macduff and Macbeth fight which signifies the ever on-going battle between good and evil. Eventually Macbeth is sl...

Human Nature in Macbeth

...So if were not for Lady Macbeth’s toying and manipulation of Macbeth he would still be the honourable man he once was. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare uses his main Characters, particularly Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to show the very worst of human nature and tried to show his audience and anyone to read the play in the years to come that our choices and actions can be easily influenced by others and that everything we do, particularly bad things have serious ramifications, in Macbeths case, The...

Macbeth and Macduff

...When comparing you are going to have to look at how each reacts in certain situations compared to Macbeth. For instance, Banquo reacts to the prophesies of the "weird sisters" with suspicion, mistrust and a certain level of foreboding whereas Macbeth reacts with elated disbelief, hangs on every word and sees it as the beginning of great things. And from his reaction the things said by the sisters were ambitions that were within him already whereas Banquo had no real ambitions to become father to...

Macbeth, Shakespeare Retold

...Hour in which to do this and as such all the plots and stories are a bit crammed in for my liking and certain parts of the plots are outright ignored. For example the film does not adequately explain how ella was driven to suvicide by gulit. I believe that macbeth, Shakespeare retold, is an excellent thriller which follows the rough storyline of the original macbeth in an modern setting. It is very engaging and entertaining to watch and it is an must watch for anyone who loves thriller or who is...

Manipulation of Psychology in Macbeth

...Hence Shakespeare uses this growing obsessive frustration at the inability to have a family within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as a the motivation for their multiple acts of the unethical deed of murder. Therefore Shakespeare shows correlations in Macbeth between changing psychological patterns in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and unethical deeds such as murder through cause and effect. Cause being a monomania frustration causing more unethical deeds to be committed. The effect being the development of ...

Macbeth: Blood Imagery

...From the use of blood imagery, readers can see the inevitable guilt of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. By the end of the play, the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have been switched; Macbeth seems to be much stronger than before, while Lady Macbeth has slowly shriveled away to nothing from all the guilt. As Macbeth said, “They say blood will have blood” (3.4.149). Each time the Macbeths murdered another person, they stepped closer to their downfall without realizing it. Blood imagery provides us...

Macbeth Analysis

...Lady Macbeth went from being dominant, deceiving, and determined to being uninformed during the murders Macbeth commits to being over some by her emotions that had built up inside her during all of this. Therefore, Lady Macbeth’s life as the audience knows it is dependable on the outcome of events that Lady Macbeth herself is involved in and/ or witnesses. Temptation was the base of all Lady Macbeth's problems; it is said “temptation is the Devil.” What would you risk to get what you want?...

Lady Macbeth Is More Ruthless Than Macbeth

...Her tormenting grief is shown “yet who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him” she torments herself over Macbeths killings “the Thank of Fife had a wife: where is she now ?” “Banquo’s buried; he cannot come out on’s grave.” this all shows she is not as ruthless as Macbeth he shows no remorse for what he has done apart from briefly after Duncan’s murder, whereas lady Macbeth is tormented by grief which eventually leads to her suicide. Macbeth is the more rut...

Macbeth: Tragic Hero or Monster

...Macbeth also is a self-indulged and does not care about his wife or his kingdom. For Macbeth to keep his royal standards he will kill anyone he fears or who threatens him. Therefore Macbeth will not let anyone get in the way of him becoming the king, making the kingdom a horrible place. Macbeth had choices, a choice to let the great chain of being decide everything or, a choice of destroying the great chain of being and making things his way. Macbeth chose to do thing his way, therefore if he re...

Macbeth Monologue Spoken by Banquo

...Firstly, Thane of Glamis, a title he already held. Following(a) was Thane of Cawdor, this he was named shortly after the predictions, he did nothing to by design receive the title but be his own character, a strong, passionate and loyal countrymen. The real Macbeth we all knew and respected. But the three prediction was the one that changed Macbeth, a title that toyed with his ambition. Being told he would become King I believe was the beginning of the end for him. Over time his aspirations led ...

The Masculinity of Lady Macbeth

...Natural and unnatural: Is it natural for women to take on so many attributes and personality traits of a man? Lady M is the complete opposite of the olden day women. She is just as much man as Macbeth himself. This os evident within the expert “ I have given suck, and know how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this. “(I VII 54-...

Play Macbeth by WIlliam Shakespeare

...In act 1 scene 2, the wounded captain told a report which described the bloody war. Blood was also related to guilt after after macbeth had murdered Duncan. Once Macbeth and lady Macbeth embark upon their murderous journey, blood comes to symbolize their guilt, and they begin to feel like their crimes have stained them in a way that cannot be washed clean. Blood symbolizes the guilt that sits like a permanent stain on the consciences of both Macbeth and lady Macbeth, one that hounds them to thei...

Macbeth Act 5 Scene 3

...He tells his assistant Seyton to “hang anyone who talks of fear”. (5. 3. 42) Macbeth’s interactions with others such as the doctor and messenger and Seyton show his irrationality and even allude to his insanity. This scene in Macbeth is very important for it shows the character of Macbeth which confirms his tyranny and how he is not fit to be king. Finally this scene shows how Macbeth is the sickness for Scotland. This scene also shows the importance of Macbeth being overthrown by Malcolm ...

Relevance of Shakespeare Macbeth Themes

...Without ambition, people wouldn't get very far, yet being overzealous with ambition also has it's downfalls. "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent buy only vaulting ambition illustrates Macbeth's ruthless obsession for power. There are two types of ambition Ambition Type 1 - naked and unchecked ambition - only benefiting themselves like Macbeth Ambition Type 2 - caring others above themselves like Banqou The play fiercely illustrates how being consumed by naked and unchecked ambition h...

Macbeth Paper Noble Deterioration

...It is easily seen that Macbeth goes through an extreme mental deterioration throughout the course of the play. Macbeth decays from a noble soldier, and a truly great man, into a corrupt king whose senseless actions expose his mental deterioration. In the beginning of his nobility, Macbeth is an honest and stable man, who then regresses into an uneasy and backstabbing deviant, which ultimately leaves him in such a corrupt state that his life is destroyed and set onto a track of demise for him to ...

The Role of Guilt in Macbeth

...Just several scenes later, Lady Macbeth commits suicide. What’s the reason? It was just a buildup of all the guilt. The quotes and explanations used throughout this essay, built up proof that guilt played a big role as the motivation for Macbeth and guilty feelings were brought out through the characters’ actions and responses, until the very fatal end. Guilt is a very strong and uncomfortable feeling. It can result though, in many good things, and just as easily into bad things. This is wha...


FAQ about Macbeth


❓ What Is the Significance of the Witches in Macbeth

...Essentially, even though they are only present within four scenes of the play, it may be argued that the witches have a significant role within the play, as they not only heighten the atmosphere of the Gothic, but also provide the audience with a gre ...

❓ Why Are the Witches so Important in Macbeth?

...Therefore, the role of the witches is of utmost importance to the play, Macbeth, We can ask, did the witches really exist? Or did they simply exist in his head, as voices? It seems quite odd that, if they did exist, then Macbeth was always able to fi ...

❓ Who Is Ultimately Responsible for the Tragedy of Macbeth

...The last person that was responsible is Macbeth himself, he let greed take over and so he started to misinterpreted everything that as going on. Ultimately, the three witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth himself were all responsible for the death of Ma ...

❓ To What Extent Do You Feel Sympathy for Lady Macbeth?

...A lot of the play is based around fate, and I believe the behaviour of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth reflects upon the way that all people would behave if we were told of the success that we will experience in the future- everybody would strive to obtain ...

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