In Macbeth, Shakespeare created one of the most controversial characters in Literature While the historical Macbeth was the exact opposite of his theatrical counterpart, the Scottish play became one of the most recognizable works of Art, even to the few uninitiated to the greatness that is the Bard It became a synonym for conspiracy, treason, murder echoing, among other themes, the Gunpowder Plot that threatened the very essence of the British reign at the time It became a metaphor of the limits a human can bend in order to achieve the absolute control A token of lacking faith in everyone and everything When a man who was considered valiant and loyal becomes devoid of any humanity, what kind of good can be sustained in a world governed by petty leaders and corrupted sovereigns Do not tell me this doesn t apply to our current times I will not try to convince anyone to love this play Its strength in overcoming prejudices and the fact that it remains one of the most beloved and performed works of Shakespeare speaks for itself For me, this work of dark beauty and nightmarish brilliance is the best example of how Shakespeare managed to know the human naturethan any other writer I leave you with what I consider to be the finest lines about the futility of chasing unattainable ambitions and the most beautiful soliloquy ever writtenTomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Out, out, brief candle Life s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his way upon the stageAnd then is heard noIt is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing My reviews can also be found on Told by an idiot, full of sound and furySignifying nothing1 To morrow, and to morrow, and to morrow , Creeps in this petty pace from day to day , To the last syllable of recorded time And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Out, out, brief candle Life s but a walking shadow, a poor player , That struts and frets his hour upon the stage , And then is heard noIt is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury , Signifying nothing Ladies and gentlemen, may I present A Thing You Probably Didn t Want But Are Going To Get Anyway Macbeth, in GIFs Witches King Duncan to Macbeth Macbeth to King secretly Lady Macbeth Macbeth Lady Macbeth to Macbeth Macbeth to Duncan Everyone Malcom and Donalbain Macbeth Macbeth to Banquo Macbeth Fleance Malcolm to Macduff Macduff and Malcom Macbeth Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth Macbeth Army Macbeth Macbeth Witches Everyone Macbeth is Shakespeare s darkest play not only because of the restricted palette of its images shades of black varied with bright red blood but also because, in the play s world of warfare and witchcraft, its hero is half damned from the start Inured to violence, prone to superstition, Macbeth struggles with the hags predictions in the depth of his soul But his wife, fiercely ambitious, never struggles When he is haunted by his imagination, she is steadfast preparing everything, looking after the details, urging him on It is only afterward, when he is thoroughly damned, coldly vicious, that she finds she cannot wash Duncan s blood off from her hands.
Among other things, this play is the portrait of a good marriage If, that is, a good marriage can be made in hell.
Over the past year, I have branched out in my reading, attempting authors and genres that I had not discovered before Recently, I read Serena by Ron Rash in which the title character is compared to Lady Macbeth While Serena may be ruthless, I had never read the play so I could not contrast the two heroines Another of my reading goals this year is increasing my reading of classics Up until now, I had predominantly read modern classics, and found a worthy reason to read an older masterpiece So it is without further adieu that I present my take on the Bard s Macbeth Shakespeare penned Macbeth around the year 1606 when he was already established as a reputed playwright For this play, he chose a contemporary Scottish soldier and references the Scottish crown within the text Yet, as in most of Shakespeare s works, the Bard was not as much concerned with the history surrounding the play, as he was with the characters themselves, their desires and motivations Thus, Macbeth is regarded as Shakespeare s darkest tragedy The tale begins when Macbeth visits three witches, later of double, double, toil, trouble fame They prophesy that he will become the Thane of Crowder, Thane of Glowdis, and King of Scotland Yet, the men who hold these titles are all currently alive Lady Macbeth plots and decides to murder all the key players who stand in the way of her husband becoming king, framing other upstanding individuals for her actions She even goes as far as killing those who relayed news to her that King Duncan had been killed, even though she herself committed the crime As the tale continues, the Lady now Queen continues to plot and has servants and soldiers at her disposal to do her bidding Meanwhile, Macbeth also grows weary of rivals to the crown and plots to eliminate anyone who goes against him While Lady Macbeth is at ease being an evil mastermind, Macbeth reaches the point where he can not live with himself for murdering Duncan He returns to the witches in an attempt to change the prophesy, but it is not to be At this point, Lady Macbeth grows emotionally unstable, while Macbeth himself is no longer afraid to die in battle as penance for previous crimes committed It is clear that Shakespeare intended for the Lady to be thehungry individual in this drama As in all Shakespearean works, the text is not long but a little tedious if one is unused to old English Because I had just read Serena, I read along quickly looking for comparisons to the two women, allowing me to beengrossed in the prose than I might have been otherwise Shakespeare s words remain timeless over 400 years later, deeming Macbeth, as well as his other works, worthy reads This play was fun because the characters were so dark, encouraging me to readShakespearean tales in the future.
The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare Macbeth The Tragedy of Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare it is thought to have been first performed in 1606 A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia Forced to commitandmurders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death 1972 1346 192 1357 152 16 17 17 1340 1351 101 1365 89 1370 152 1374 101 1375 9644450175 1378 1381 1382 1384 1388 1391 9789644450174 1364 96 1371 100 1373 1393 120 9786006382487 1395 122 9786008299172 1395 279 9789641941194 1395 64 97860081752301599 160616111623 .
There are two reasons to love this play.
The first reason is Lady Macbeth Man, that girl has got it goin on Have you ever found yourself in the running for, say, a new position that s opened up at your company, a position for which you along with one of your equally worthy colleagues, perhaps might qualify You may not have given much thought to your professional advancement before, but now that this promotion has been dangled before you, it has ignited a spark of ambitious desire Imagine the possibilities And it is just within your graspif only there were a way to edge out the competition Maybe you could sabotage a project he s working on Or you could discredit him by rumoring of his incompetence Better yet, you could off him in the parking garage But each of these strategies requires a certain level of gumption to execute, a level not everyone possesses This is where it pays to be married to Lady Macbeth All she would need is a mere mention of this potential uptick in your career path and she s off and running, drafting the schematics, telling you where to stand just outside the stairwell, across from his car, within easy reach of the tire iron lying in the corner that can be used while he s distractedly sifting through his keys Why doesn t she do it herself, you ask Well, why should she It s not her job Her job is to support you, to boost your confidence, to supply that additional gumption You re the one who has to do the dirty work.
Lady Macbeth is an amazing character I ve seen reviews on here that criticize her for being the morally reprehensible of the two protagonists, planting ideas in her husband s head that he would not have otherwise formed, encouraging him toward evil deeds that he would not have otherwise committed I disagree She may have made a mistake helping to plan Duncan s murder, but if anything Lady Macbeth is the one with her moral faculties still intact she exhibits a profound sense of remorse at the end of the play that Macbeth recognizes as nothing short of an ailment for which to seek a cure While Macbeth is off slaughtering anyone who might threaten his regal standing, his wife is at home rubbing the fuck out of her hands until the blisters explode and she suffocates in a pool of her own pus.
The second reason to love this play is the eloquence of the language There are passages in this play that describe human emotion so briefly yet so profoundly it triggers goosebumps These are some of my favorites On expressing one s grief What, man ne er pull your hat upon your brows Give sorrow words the grief that does not speakWhispers the o er fraught heart and bids it break.
On not having enough gumption Yet do I fear thy nature It is too full o the milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way thou wouldst be great Art not without ambition, but withoutThe illness should attend it.
On contemplating ambition s worth Nought s had, all s spent,Where our desire is got without content Tis safer to be that which we destroyThan by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
On being past the point of no return All causes shall give way I am in bloodStepp d in so far that, should I wade no ,Returning were as tedious as go o er.
On the futility of life Life s but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard noit is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing.
On the finality of death There s nothing serious in mortality All is but toys renown and grace is dead The wine of life is drawn, and the mere leesIs left this vault to brag of.
I said in the comments section of myHamletreview that I was preferring Hamlet to Macbeth While I think I prefer the character of Hamlet to that of Macbeth, I no longer stand by that statement in terms of the play itself Macbeth really is a masterpiece.
MACBETH AND DUNCAN WEEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIEEEENDS YES WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, WEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, NO TIME FOR WITCHES ThaneofGlamisandCawdorandFutureKingsayswhat MACBETH What WITCHES Oh, and Banquo, your kids are going to be kings someday Good luck working that one out POOFvanish BANQUO Dude.
MACBETH Great news, honey I meet these witches and they told me I was gonna be the thane of Cawdor and then BAM the king promoted me, and they also said I was gonna be king someday, so I guess Duncan s going to make me his heir or something.
LADY MACBETH Cool I ll invite him over and then you can kill him.
MACBETH I wait, what LADY MACBETH KILL THE KING, YOU PUSSY DUNCAN Hey, Macbeth, how s my favorite MACBETH I KEEL YOU DUNCAN S SONS GTFO BANQUO So anyway, son, apparently you re going to be king someday, but I don t really see how since now Macbeth s the king, but anywayASSASSIN I KEEL YOU BANQUO S SON GTFO MACBETH Hey there, nice witches, I need some help I just saw Duncan s ghost and I ve been killing a lot of people and my wife s losing what few marbles she had to begin with LADY MACBETH THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE I KEEL MYSELF offstage MACBETH and I m not so sure about this whole prophecy thing any.
WITCHES Don t sweat it, you can t be killed by any man born of woman, and you won t really be in trouble until the forest starts moving.
MACBETH Wait, didn t something kind of like that happen in The Lord of the Rings WITCHES NO Also, watch out for Macduff.
MACBETH Cool, I ll go kill his whole family now.
WITCHES This is just too much fun We should have thought of this years ago.
MACDUFF Macbeth, you are SO going down MACBETH Joke s on you, sucker I can t be killed by anyone born of woman, and since Caesarians haven t been invented you oh shit MACDUFF I KEEL YOU WITCHES More popcorn, Hecate THE END.
In , James VI Of Scotland Ascended The English Throne, Becoming James I Of England London Was Alive With An Interest In All Things Scottish, And Shakespeare Turned To Scottish History For Material He Found A Spectacle Of Violence And Stories Of Traitors Advised By Witches And Wizards, Echoing James S Belief In A Connection Between Treason And WitchcraftIn Depicting A Man Who Murders To Become King, Macbeth Teases Us With Huge Questions Is Macbeth Tempted By Fate, Or By His Or His Wife S Ambition Why Does Their Success Turn To Ashes Like Other Plays, Macbeth Speaks To Each Generation Its Story Was Once Seen As That Of A Hero Who Commits An Evil Act And Pays An Enormous Price Recently, It Has Been Applied To Nations That Overreach Themselves And To Modern Alienation The Line Is Blurred Between Macbeth S Evil And His Opponents Good, And There Are New Attitudes Toward Both Witchcraft And Gender