Shakespeare’s many works were written more than four-hundred years ago in Elizabethan England and many of the plot lines are from centuries before Shakespeare wrote his versions of these stories. Shakespeare’s version of the story of Macbeth is outdated in modern society because one of the major themes, that all evil deeds are punished and that all good deeds are rewarded, is no longer true in today’s society. Macbeth’s theme is outdated because in the modern day society not all evil doers are punished for their actions and not all good actions are rewarded, either.
The theme of the adequate consequences for one’s actions runs throughout Shakespeare’s Macbeth, assuring the correct punishments for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, but also rewarding MacDuff and Malcolm for their brave actions against Macbeth. The theme is visible when Angus says, “Now does he feel/His secret murders sticking on his hands/Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach” (5.2.16-18), meaning that Macbeth is now feeling remorse and guilt for his actions and that the enemy is going to punish him for his evil actions against Duncan and Banquo. In modern society not every evil doer is punished or feels remorse for their actions, especially when they have power or have fixed a problem.
In our society people can get away with a crime and not every good action is rewarded, whereas in Macbeth Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are punished by guilt and eventually death. Our society even can award evil doers and punish the good people. Our society allows abortion, which in its nature is inherently evil, but our society doesn’t punish it, in fact the society has fifteen states that fund abortions. Even in our society when someone does something like Ryan Snodgrass, a twenty-eight year old guide who jumped into a river to save a thirteen year old who was drowning, and then was later charged with obstructing government operations and arrested, they can be punished for their actions,...
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