Total Effect of "The Tragedy of Macbeth"

Topics: Macbeth, Murder, Macbeth of Scotland Pages: 3 (928 words) Published: April 28, 2002
The Shadow
"The Tragedy of Macbeth", written by William Shakespeare, gives the reader an impact of the horror at the darkness in humans. In the story, the most dominant literary element is the theme. The theme brings out the impact of horror, while the other literary elements support it. One of the most evident quotes that made me think of the horror of darkness in humans was said by Macbeth, "Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires…" This quote showed that Macbeth was heavily influenced by his ambitions.

The theme, being the most dominant literary element, shows how the darkness in people has been drawn out. Themes such as appearance versus reality, attempts to control the future, human responses to supernatural powers and loyalty show how we can be easily taken over by the evil in us. After the death of King Duncan, Macbeth tries to convince himself that he did the right thing. He murdered his king in cold blood and regained his consciousness for a brief moment. "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" this quote, also spoken by Macbeth, gives the reader a sense that he regained his ego and was exposed with extreme guilt. It also gives a sense that he was possessed by a demon. This can be backed up by the theme of human responses to supernatural powers. Although the witches contribute greatly here, I would want to talk about hallucinations first. (In psychology, hallucinations are a form of supernatural powers.) The soliloquy in Act II Scene I show Macbeth hallucinating of an imaginary, bloody dagger. "Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle towards my hand?" This was his illusion of what was upcoming, the murdering of King Duncan. This illusion gives the reader a sense that he is possessed by his alter-ego that he is going to kill the king. The witches foretold the future, and that their prophecies of Macbeth let his own "shadow" take over himself. Being that Macbeth went crazy from...
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