Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

1103 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
At its simplest level, life is merely a sequence of decisions made by an individual. When combined with outside influences such as ambition or the opinions of others, the concept of morality within these decisions is often clouded. The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare follows this same basic formula; when faced with difficult decision, the play’s titular character, Macbeth, has his morality and judgment corrupted by externalities. Although its age and diction may suggest an unnecessary level of complexity, this play is merely a reflection of the basic human experience. Shakespeare is able to express the interconnectivity of one 's actions, their being, and despite outside biases of his era, present this theme in an enduring manner.

Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare examines both the internal and external repercussions of the decisions (and the subsequent actions) made by an individual. Within the first acts, Shakespeare uses the imagery of hands to represent a greater intention of character; when used in an aside by Macbeth, his ‘hand’ is representative of his intended action, the murder of Duncan in order to gain power for himself, which he wishes to hide from his consciousness (Shakespeare 1.4.59). Macbeth perceives his actions as an individual force, separate from his inner being; however, over the course of the play, a shift in the significance of the hand is portrayed. By the concluding acts of the play, hands have come to directly represent an individual 's…

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