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Relevance of Macbeth Today

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´╗┐Shakespeare ? Still Relevant Criteria ? You are to compose a feature article on the given headline: ?Shakespeare: Still Relevant?. Your article must explore how the themes in the play Macbeth are universal and timeless and, therefore, are still relevant. Your article should make reference to language and dramatic techniques and their purpose/effect. In-class Assessment. The tragic play Macbeth, written by Shakespeare in the early 17th century is an effective example of similar events that are happening today. Macbeth clearly demonstrates the vitiating and corrupting effect of ruthless ambition, and chronic remorse. Shakespeare?s use of his language and dramatic techniques is distinctly evident in the play Macbeth as it profoundly pursues the reader into a meliorate atmosphere. The prophecy that the witches tell Macbeth that he will become the thane of Cawdor and eventually the King of Scotland initiates Macbeth?s ambitions into pursuing that path. Later in the prophecy the witches foretell, Banquo?s descendants must be king so the supernaturally predicted fate cannot be avoided. However: ?The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.? ? Cassius in Julius Caesar (Remorse) ...read more.

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His wife at a crucial time convinces him to go ahead with the plot. Macbeth was tempted to evil because of ambition and his wife played a pivotal role in supporting him, quoted below. Yet she felt remorse, compunction, and ruthlessness. ?But screw your courage to the sticking place, And we?ll not fail.? ? Lady Macbeth Now ambition is similarly a key motivating force: ?I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o?erleaps itself, And fails on th?other?? ? Macbeth Macbeth uses vaulting ambition; a wish to achieve an important and powerful position and a belief that this is more important than anything else. ?Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee!? So we are seeing the dramatic power of Shakespeare as he portrays Macbeth suffering the horrors of his own mind as he uses evil means to achieve his ambition. Macbeth?s use of imagery is a very important element, giving the texture of the plays density and richness. Some images are individually striking, but it?s more rewarding to see the imagery functioning as strands which help to connect, reinforce and enliven the shifts in the play as a whole. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth smells blood and rubs obsessively at an imagined spot on her hands. The blood of the invading army will act like ?dew? on a flower and ?drown the weeds?. These techniques would have been far more graphic to the globe audience than they would be to us now, even to a play audience because of the direct impact of the Elizabethan English. The way Shakespeare uses this is part of Postmodernism. Written 400 years ago, Shakespeare?s tragic play of Macbeth, still corroborates that its themes are still timeless through the uses of themes, language and dramatic techniques in the world today. Prophecy, Ambition, Remorse, Imagery and Blood in Macbeth general pieces together why Shakespeare is still relevant in the world we live in today, this is consumed with technology. Notes: This is about Shakespeare?s world and then its relevance to our present world. Conclusion must relate to Shakespeare?s relevance to our present world and Macbeth shows this. Sketchup: 1) Prophecies 2) Still Macbeth made his choices 3) Ambition 4) When Shakespeare said himself ?Our action depends on our choice? Now: The aisle of opportunity ...read more.

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