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Account for the lasting appeal for the play (Macbeth)

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Account for the lasting appeal for the play In this essay I am going to explain why 'Macbeth' is still such a popular play to watch. This play has many different appeals that have made it so popular even though it was written 400 years ago. I am going to tell you about the different themes, staging and how rhymes and language come into effect. These points will prove why 'Macbeth' has had such a lasting appeal. One of these appeals is the fact that there are so many themes in the play; this keeps the audience interested throughout the whole play. One of these themes is ambition, this is the main theme as it drives most of the passion that they play has as it makes the eventual downfall of Macbeth. Ambition makes him kill the king as after thinking of all the reasons not to kill Duncan the two things keeping him even thinking about it is ambition and Lady Macbeth, but Lady Macbeth can get him to kill the King by the ambition being there in the first place. 'I have no spur... but only vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself' (I, v, 25-27). ...read more.


Secondly if it is being performed on stage then the Macbeths might need time to change into their nightgowns? Thirdly it could be linked with older plays where a porter at Hell's mouth admitted sinners to the torments of Hell, 'th'everlasting bonfire' (II, iii, 16). Lastly in could be referring to the opening of the gates of Hell, 'porter of Hell-gate' (II, iii, 1-2). This scene could have been put in to relieve the tension; it would make the audience relax. This humour could add to the appeal of the play. Nature is another theme that is used. Nature is used to explain the unnatural events of Duncan's murder, 'a falcon tow' ring in her pride of place was by a mousing owl hawked and killed.' (II, iv, 12-13). This is used to say the fact Macbeth killing Duncan is like an owl killing a falcon or a King killing a knight. 'Be the serpent' (I, v, 64) is another occasion where Macbeth is being referred to as a snake. When the witches go on to the stage they have the ability to change the weather or to turn night into day, this shows the power they have over nature. ...read more.


This is a simile which means it has a hidden meaning. In this case Shakespeare is being cleaver by saying that you should act innocent but secretly be as evil as possible without being noticed. This also causes dramatic tension as the audience could be wondering if Macbeth's evil side is going to be discovered. Shakespeare also uses soliloquies to great effect. In soliloquies the character is on stage alone so this means that they can reveal their true thoughts to the audience. This shows if they are deceitful around certain characters. In conclusion I have demonstrated why this play has had such a lasting appeal. I have highlighted the key points that I thought were relevant. I have considered various different aspects of themes, staging, rhyme and language. The themes that I have covered are: ambition, feminism, good and evil, sex, nature, violence and trust and distrust. Through these themes the play has been written. The staging creates a lot of the dramatic tension and sets the scene to create a good appeal to enable the audience to enjoy it. The rhyme supports the theme of evil so this particular theme has been exaggerated. Language has been used to create imagery with the use of similes. Pete Bromfield 4/4 Miss Bent 1 Macbeth York Notes ...read more.

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