William Shakespeare 's Macbeth And The Modern Day Society Essay

1100 Words May 10th, 2016 null Page
Shakespeare’s plays have entertained many people over the ages due to their relatability, and the elegant language that Shakespeare used in them. Many of his plays, such as Hamlet and Macbeth, have had multiple modern film adaptations that all present their own interesting take. The two plays both present their title characters as tragic heroes. Between the two protagonists, Macbeth would be more relatable to a modern theatre audience. Looking at modern day society, Macbeth has many relatable qualities, like that love causes him to make irrational decisions. He also reflects the concept of competition for success: the idea that when one rises another falls, something that has become especially evident in recent years. Another relatable feature of the story that applies today is the habit of looking at half-truths as complete ones, making presumptive judgements as Macbeth did in hopes of becoming king. It is much easier to relate to Macbeth as the problems he faced in the play still apply to modern society where as in Hamlet where the concept of lack of women rights played an important role to the structure of the story and it does not apply as much in today’s world. At the beginning of Macbeth, we are introduced to Macbeth as a character who is very brave and noble, “For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name--” (Act I, Scene II). It seems as though he is a very good person and the hero of the story. As the play progresses we learn that he has defeated the treasonous…

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