Shakespeare’s – Macbeth
Within Shakespeare’s famous ‘Macbeth’ there are many different themes that make the play the captivating masterpiece that it is. The role Of the ‘supernatural’ iS a very important element Of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Just as important, the theme Of ‘masculinity’ iS very dominant. 30th themes contribute to the play’s unique and powerful nature, overall creating a very effective storyline, Strong characters, and unexpected twists and turns throughout. In the ume of William Shakespeare there was a strong belief the existence of upernatural forces.
Thus, the ‘supernatural’ Is a very prominent theme within many of Shakespeare’s plays. In Macbeth’ this theme is an indispensable part of the structure of the plot, prcwiding a solid stimulus for action, whilst greatly Impacting many key scenes. The way that the theme of ‘supernatural forces’ appears in Macbeth constantly varies. Within the play this theme Is seen In the torm ot a ghost, a floating dagger, prophecy-holding witches, and in the way that the characters are easily influenced by unearthly things.
In relation to the supernatural themes in ‘Macbeth’. he witches withhold a high level of importance. Continuously speaking in rhythmic chants. “double, double to. l and trouble: Fire burn, and cauldron bubble”, the witches represent Macbeth’s evil ambitions. and are the cause of many of his actions. Macbeth unquestionably listens to the witches, and ultimately discovers his future through the sighting of certain ghosts, After seeing such ghosts. Macbeth’s hate for Macduff increases. and he gains many a false sense of security. hich later leads to his downfall, Another major part of the play. in relation to the ‘supernatural’ hemes, is where Macbeth follows what appears to be a floating dagger. that leads him to his victim, King Duncan. “ls this a dagger which I see before me. the handle toward my hand? Come let me clutch thee; I have thee not, fatal vision. sensible to feelings as to sight? Or art thou but a dagger of the mind. a false Creation”. Macbeth himself iS not Sure Of if what he iS seeing iS real.
He speaks Of a [Where] nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse the curtained sleep”, proclaiming that “Witchcraft celebrates”, showing Macbeth’s imaginings Of evil at work Enabling a very ystery-filled play, the ‘supernatural’ aspect Of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ IS very dominant. Another very dominant theme within ‘Macbeth’ is that of masculinity. The characters within the play tend to associate masculinity with aggression, bravery, and vengeance, as well as showing a lack of emotion.
Whenever manhood is the topic of any conversation between characters, violence Is always quick to follow. This is proven at multiple points throughout the duration ot the play; through Macbeth questiomng the manhood of the murderers he hires to ensure the death of Banquo, hrough Lady Macbeth’s provoking Macbeth to murder the King b)’ doubting his manhood and through Malcolm telling Macduff In a very manly fashion that he must seek revenge for his family’s death, In the beginning of the play where Lady Macbeth proclaims. When you durst do it, then you are a man”, she is implying that Macbeth only to be associated with Just the men in the play, as it is an attribute seen within many of the women. Particularly in Lady Macbeth, masculinity is seen through her overpowering, cold, and violent nature. In Act One Lady Macbeth indicates her desire o replace her feminine qualities with those of a man. She cries, “Come, you spirits, that tend in moral thoughts! Unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direct cruelty”.
Clearly, gender is out of its traditional order within this play. Lady Macbeth appears to the dominant fgure in the Macbeth marriage, as for on many occasions she has been the dictator of her husbands actions. Within Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ the theme of masculinity is very prominent and helps to create solid characters, plots and an overall storyline. Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ homes many different themes that contribute to the overall play. Supernatural forces’ are seen to be a very dominant aspect of the play, providing a solid stimulus for action, whilst greatly impacting many key scenes. The theme of ‘masculinity’ is very dominant within the play, and is seen in not only the male characters, but also the females. Both themes contribute to the play’s overall powerful nature, and thoroughly help to create a very effective storyline, strong characters, as well as many unexpected elements.