“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.”
If you were presented with the dilemma of pursuing a new idea to become king, ruling the country by only committing a ‘foul’ dead such as murder would you choose to ignore it or go ahead with it? Would you do right or wrong? To ignore the premonitions or to go ahead, knowing that if you do go ahead you would destroy the natural order? This is what Macbeth had to solve within himself, his internal conflict. Ladies and Gentlemen, an overriding theme of conflict is established within William Shakespeare’s tragic play “Macbeth”. Conflict. What is conflict? We simply define conflict as the struggle between opposite forces or different opinions between people. Though it doesn’t always have to include two or more people, it can be within oneself. In the opening acts of the play, internal conflict is explored through the character of Macbeth. He struggles to be loyal to his king, Duncan, which Macbeth expresses in his words (Act 1 scene 7) “first as I am his kinsman and his subject”. Duncan had entitled Macbeth to be Thane of Cawdor, as he was seen as a great soldier, who was rewarded for his loyalty and for defending his country and King against a treacherous rebellion. However, he is corrupted by evil in the form of three witches and their supernatural prophecies that Macbeth was going to become King of Scotland, this then ignited his ambition. The motif of darkness and evil is suggested when he says, 'Let not light see my black and deep desires.' Macbeth’s aside, tells his inner most thoughts and internal conflict to the audience. He speaks in rhyming couplets to emphasize the importance of his driving ambition and the dramatic exit after his aside heightens the conflict. Shakespeare cleverly uses soliloquy’s to highlight Macbeth’s increasing internal conflict. In Act 1, Scene 7, Macbeth is second guessing killing Duncan, as his conscience continuously gives him reasons not to, morally, politically and religiously. In this...
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