The Themes Of Guilt And Language In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Shakespeare plays may seem outdated to modern eyes as the language is hard to understand, however, Shakespeare’s plays are just as relevant now as they were 400 years ago when he was writing them. This is due to their universal themes and the relatable characters. The themes of guilt and power are relevant not only in Macbeth, but also in modern day because human nature has not changed. The characters in Macbeth are relatable because the audience can identify the connections between situations that they have been in and Macbeth’s situation.

In some ways, the language in Macbeth is irrelevant in modern days as it is bygone and sometimes hard to understand, and this appears to intensify the argument that Shakespeare’s plays are irrelevant to
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However, Shakespeare introduced thousands of words and phrases to the English language, along with new concepts and grammatical structures. Shakespeare literally coined words to describe previously unimaginable situations and events, because of this, the audience during his era often couldn’t understand what was happening. But Shakespeare’s plays were written with the intent that they would be performed onstage, and the actor/actress’ facial expressions and actions would assist the audience in understanding.

Also, the themes of power and guilt are universal and continue to be relevant to a modern audience, because human nature has not changed since the Elizabethan era. The main theme in Macbeth is the destructive nature of power and it is mainly shown in the two characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is a courageous man who is well liked and not instinctively inclined to commit malevolent actions, yet he has an extremely strong lust for power. Because of this want for power he kills Duncan against his better judgment and cannot deal with the aftermath that is his guilt and
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Lady Macbeth is known as one of Shakespeare’s most determined female characters, this is because she encourages her husband mercilessly, to kill Duncan and urges him to be strong in the aftermath, even though she cant deal with the guilt either. This becomes obvious when she is eventually driven to madness in a similar way that Macbeth was. Ambition is the thing that drove both of them over the edge. Because of their power, they both feel as though they are invincible and that they could beat anyone that tried to overthrow them. But with power comes responsibility and the idea of being powerful clouded their better judgment and they began to rely solely on their power. The theme of power theme is relevant in present day because people still want to be powerful purely because human nature has not changed since the Elizabethan era. It is still part of human nature to want power, just as it is still human nature to make mistakes. Modern day people can draw connections between the issues that Macbeth faced throughout the play and the situations that they face in their daily lives. They can also relate Macbeth’s want for power to that of people in modern history such as Adolf

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