Macbeth Motif Essay "Violence"

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Peron Trotman
Dr. Unger
AP English
Motif Essay

Violence, a term defined and commonly known as rough or injurious physical force, action, treatment, or an unjust unwarranted exertion of force or power. Violence in itself is not good or bad. It is merely force, the motion of matter. There can be no inherent moral value to such a thing. The only moral value is what we attach to the force ourselves, and what we attach to that force is based on our own thoughts, our purposes and such. Violence plays a key role in life for it can be used in many ways. In the play Macbeth, violence is one of the many motifs. Motifs are distinctive features or dominant ideas in an artistic or literary composition. The violence motif specifically is a very recurrent motif from the beginning to the end, like one might say iniquitous language in one of Waka Flocka Flame's sound tracks. Being a great author and play writer that he is, Shakespeare includes many different points in his play to appeal to a diversity of people in his audience. Violence, being as simple as it is, appeals to the to the interest of a large percentage of people in society or audience but more specifically the more uneducated viewers in his audience. Violence could do wonders when making a movie interesting but too much of anything is a bad thing, that's why Shakespeare balances his productions with different points such as drama for instance. . The violence motif is recurrent in every act of Shakespeare's literary work. The play starts with violence. As a reader , reading a piece that starts with a violent scene would prepare the reader to expect other violent scenes, specifically the end scene because work that starts with violence usually ends in violence. The violence motif first shows in Act 1 scene 2 with a violent, bloody battle where Macbeth battles and defeats a Norwegian warrior. It continues in Act 2 scene 2 and 3 with the murder of Duncan by Macbeth and the slaying of his chamberlains, another...
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