THEMES IN MACBETH
Macbeth was written while when Scotland lacked a good Leader to defend
it from a Norwasian invasion. During this dangerous situation, Macbeth
stood out as the most commanding figure by defeating the rebel army. His
thrill towards the witches' prophecies all confirmed his hopes of becoming
the King and replacing King Duncan, who lacked the power and courage to
save his country from this invasion.
In this essay, I will discuss Macbeth during the many experiences that
he had faced and come across and I will show how these experiences and
pressures that he faced helped with the conclusion and theme of the play
which yet has to be understood.
The first signs that tell us of Macbeth's thoughts of becoming King were
found when the King proclaimed his son, Malcolm, the heir to the Scottish
throne, and Macbeth considered murder to overcome this obstacle that would
prevent him from becoming the King.
The prince of Cumberland! That is a step
On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires!
Let not light see my black and deep desires.
The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.
(Act 1:Scene 4:ln.55)
When Lady Macbeth heard of her husband's success and read the letter, we
almost immediately feel that a new source of power had appared in the
drama. Her words reflected a great knowledge of her husband and her
practical approach to problems as seen in the following two verses.
Glacis thou art, and Cowdor, and shalt be
What thou are promised. Yet do I fear thy nature.
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst...