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Explore the concepts of natural and unnatural in Shakespeare(TM)s Macbeth

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Explore the concepts of natural and unnatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth Natural and unnatural are such opposites, yet they work together in this play to create an atmosphere both captivating and sinister. Macbeth was written in 1606 by William Shakespeare, and was an instant classic. It was written for King James I, and so corresponded to his deepest interest- witchcraft. King James found something fascinating about the supernatural beings that were witches, which is strange as in that time period witchcraft was against the law and punishable by death. Furthermore in the renaissance period, all people were incredibly religious, and were petrified of even the thought of such a storyline as this. Shakespeare reinforces in Macbeth that Kings are God's representatives on earth, and to kill one would be a crime against God. Also, King James was familiar with such a risk as just one year before he was threatened by the gunpowder plot. Additionally, to interest King James the settings were ones that he had reign over, so knew well: Inverness, Scone, Fife and Dunsinane. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's tragedies and so it is a play in which characters must struggle with circumstances, and in which most meet death and despair. Shakespeare was born into an ever changing world, and through that he looked for the things he knew would never change like: Love, power, honour and Friendship. ...read more.


Also this can be an opportunity for a little humour in the play whilst still giving the message across of how beyond repair Macbeth's soul is. An example of a humour opportunity is to have Banquo appear in unconventional places, including behind him, or on top of the table. Whichever, it is important to understand how stagecraft can be tweaked to create a reaction from the audience. Lady Macbeth is cast as a natural woman, but for some reason she chooses to resist this and tries to make herself manlier, because she thinks men feel less emotion than women. She refuses to let her emotions stand in her way of the social ladder she is wilfully climbing through the honour of her husband. This is why she pushes her husband so hard to achieve, as women in the renaissance time period lived off the accomplishments of their husbands as they were not allowed to be independent. 'Come all you spirits which feed on mortal thoughts, unsex me here.' this is an example of Lady Macbeth no longer wanting to be a woman so she can participate in a murder. 'I have given suck, and know how tender 't is to love the babe that milks me' This quote is a symbol of how quickly Lady Macbeth can turn. Her words start out innocent and natural like those from a mother, but as she goes on- 'I would while it was ...read more.


When Macbeth knows he has taken care of all the prophecies against him, his temptation to know more gets the better of him, and he goes to see the witches once more, to demand a reading into the future. As soon as Macbeth feels he is invincible because of the prophecies ('None of woman born shall harm Macbeth') he decides to take on Macduff. Macbeth is somewhat confident at this point, so it is a huge blow to him when Macduff reveals that he was 'From his mother's womb untimely ripp'd' meaning he was born prematurely through caesarean section, therefore undermining the prophecy and finally Macbeth is killed. Personally I think Macbeth is actually a good and natural man but he evidently is easily trustworthy to anyone and anything, as he is drawn in like on a fishing line reeling him in to the unnatural side. Plus he is bullied into killing the king by his wife. I don't think it was not at all his fault. I just believe he would not have become so off track if it wasn't for his wife. Macbeth has many contrasts of natural and unnatural and Shakespeare portrays these in many ways, but in the end it will always be a struggle between good and evil which is still used in modern films today. I think Shakespeare in Macbeth was trying to not only entertain the viewers, but to tell them that there is good and bad in everyone, but the good will always be triumphant. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emma Carter ...read more.

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