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Macbeth & Othello Advanced Essay

1287 words - 6 pages

A man of many words, a many of many ideas creating incredible plays that have tragic ends, that man is Shakespeare. William Shakespeare had created two characters that continuously change throughout his plays. In both plays of Macbeth and Othello, both characters change for the worst, ultimately ending in their down fall. Macbeth had been both a victim of his wife’s duplicitous ways, yet he also became a terrifying man, Shakespeare create this through his creative use of figurative language and character development. In a similar situation of being a victim, Othello starts off as a good man then becomes someone beyond belief of what he had become. In Othello, Shakespeare uses metaphors, anecdotes and symbolism. In both plays they have a similar theme, things may not always be as they seem. In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare interprets his theme well by creating a nobleman, who then get caught up in his own avarice for the crown.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth creates an element like no other, using both character development and figurative language he is able to change Macbeth into only showing his evil side. In the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, Shakespeare has Macbeth as a man of honor, but all this changes by the slight implantation of an idea of receiving a new title, “ My worthy Cawdor! [Aside] The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step… Let not light see my black and deep desires” (1.4.54-59). Showing the development of Macbeth’s thoughts from which he was becoming into something that he would not wish himself to be. Macbeth wishes to change his mind, yet his wife influences him with her ways of words, “ look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t” (1.5.75-77). As Lady Macbeth begins to confuse Macbeth’s line of thinking with her metaphors of duplicitous acts causing Macbeth to be seen as a victim of his wife’s manly appeal. Later on Macbeth has committed the vice of murdering another, not only just another, it was his kinsman King Duncan. Macbeth was tormented by his act as to where he could not sleep, “ Methought I heard a voice cry ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder’ - The innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care, THe death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath… Still it cried ‘Sleep no more!’ to all the house; ‘ Glamis hath murdered sleep, therefore Cawdor Shall sleep no more! Macbeth shall sleep no more” (2.2.51-60). Macbeth was still in the stage of being a victim, simply because his own mind was creating voice to torment him; a slight use of imagery to create the unseen voice, with a trick of Macbeth’s own mind. Macbeth later become caught up from within his own greed, as he becomes king he begins to lose sight of himself. He becomes so sinful, so foul, at the point where he hires murders to liquidate his troubles of having his friend Banquo’s existence. Macbeth starts to have his mind play stratagems on himself again, “Thou canst say I did it. Never shake Thy gory locks at me… Avaunt, and quit my sight”...

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