Major Characters And Moral Truths In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Often, it is the responsibility of oneself to determine the outcome of your life, however there will always be influential people who either directly or indirectly affect the decisions made. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a play believed to be written in 1605, focusing on the downward spiral of Macbeth after he murders King Duncan in order to become King of Scotland, consequently developing feelings of guilt and paranoia. Through the establishment of atmosphere, comments on the actions of major characters, and foreshadowing events, Shakespeare develops the minor characters which include the Three Witches, Macduff, and the Murderers, to support and further prompt the development of the major characters, as well as to communicate essential moral truths …show more content…
Their introduction to the play establishes a supernatural element that is consistent throughout the play, allowing for further exploration of ideas such as the destruction of oneself as a result of being overambitious. Shakespeare creates a stormy, bleak, and ominous atmosphere when the Witches are first introduced, successfully associating them with a negative atmosphere. It is through their prophecies that Macbeth’s lust for the throne is encouraged, consequently leading him to his own demise and destruction of Scotland. The relationship …show more content…
These include loyalty to Scotland, and acting on what he believes is right for his country. His loyalty is conveyed when he challenges Macbeth’s status as king as he suspects Macbeth of foul play in Duncan’s death. Macduff is prepared to take any actions against Macbeth for what he believes in. The Witches and Murderers on the other hand, speak trite platitudes – they are meaningless. Although the Witches’ prophecies are not meaningless in terms of contribution the play, their ideologies are not ideal; they include murder, manipulation, and deception, therefore cannot be said to be moral truths. Shakespeare conveys the Murderers without any moral truths, as they are only represented as murderers, rather than characters capable of feelings. Therefore their contribution to the play, are simply trite platitudes because they do not speak truths that are relevant to the context of the play.
Shakespeare utilises the Witches, Macduff, and the Murderers to develop and build the major characters, thus demonstrating their role in the narrative is as integral as that of the major characters. The minor characters comment on the events of the play, the actions of the major characters, while weaving essential moral truths relevant to the context of the

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