Role Of Humanism In Macbeth
William Shakespeare is best known for his tragedies. 1601-1608 is the third period that belong to Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies and somber or bitter comedies. This is the peak period characterized by the highest development of his thought and expression. He is more concerned with the darker side of the human experience and its destructive passions. This period produces many great tragedies like Hamlet, Othello, All’s well that Ends well, and the most famous is Macbeth.
The movie Macbeth depicts the social, political, and religious controversies of the Elizabethan period. This finest tragedy by Shakespeare is staged by many people. From that period till now “Macbeth” is very famous because the one performance gives the deepest meaning of humanism. Man is the central figure of this world, the superior …show more content…
It focused on the proper study of mankind. With the revival of old Greek world and its spirit of human dignity made its impact on the Western world. Humanism provides the opportunity to the writers to gaze inward and became deeply interested in the problems of Human personality. The other aspect of the Humanism is that man is responsible for his acts as Casius says to Brutus in Julius Caesar:
The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Shakespeare is the one who gave Humanism, its perfection. In Macbeth, I find the same concept of Humanism. The tragic hero is blamed for his actions that bring him tragic downfall. Fate, God or gods are not responsible for his decline, his own vaulting ambitions brings him downfall. He is oppressed by his brutal thoughts that lead him to kill the King of the state to occupy the highest status. He said:
I have no spur, to prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which overleaps itself and falls on the