The Tragic Downfall Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

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William Shakespeare highlights enduring ideas about the human condition through the use of dramatic techniques in his tragedy plays. In his play Macbeth, Shakespeare effectively uses the dramatic techniques of character development, commentary by others and symbolism to reveal the enduring ideas of power, greed and ambition, along with its corruptive appeal; relationships and betrayal; and the common issues of loyalty leading to deception. These ideas are shown in exploring the tragic downfall of Macbeth.

The enduring idea of corruptive ambition, including power and greed, is explored by the use of dramatic techniques of characterisation, symbolism and commentary by others. Macbeth is seduced by the possibilities of power that the witches offer when they greet him with “All hail, Macbeth!…Thane of Glamis!…Thane of Cawdor!…that shalt be king hereafter!”. Macbeth shares this prophecy with Lady Macbeth and a whole chain of greed begins. Lady Macbeth responds by encouraging her husband’s ambition. She identifies in her soliloquy that Macbeth is “too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness” and she will persuade him with “the valour of my tongue”. Macbeth under pressure from his wife commits regicide and kills Duncan under his own roof. The allure of power and greed has corrupted an honourable man. After this first act of corruptive ambition Macbeth must continue his downfall into absolute greed and power lust.

Macbeth acknowledges what this would mean for him when he says “False…

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