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The Life and Times of William Shakespeare: Macbeth

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as an exchange student in the United States, an English instructor requited students to read Othello, one of Shakespeare’s. His writings are perceived as an educating media, not only just moral encouragement, lessons from opportune history or recurrence of Tudor propaganda but also the motivations in their complexity, political reforming, which lead to wisdom and reformist vision (Hattaway, 2002).

One of the best known of Shakespeare’s works is Macbeth. Considered as the shortest surviving tragedy, Macbeth is imprecisely based upon the conflict of King Macbeth of Scotland and Hector Boece, a Scottish philosopher (Tragedy, n.d.). This play implies the jeopardy of the lust for power that a man could do anything to achieve it including betraying his or her own friends. In the real world, countless people are connected with “Macbeth”. This directs to notoriety of the play that actors will not mention the Macbeth name due to the belief that this work is cursed, calling as “The Scottish Play” instead. Notifying about this play, it begins with the prophecy by three witches to Macbeth and Banquo after they returned from battle. They foretold Macbeth that he would be the King of Scotland and the father of kings would be Banquo. Later on, Macbeth received some lands from the King Duncan of Scotland, which gave Macbeth ambition to be promoted. When Duncan came to visit his castle, Lady Macbeth thus suggested her husband to take this opportunity to kill the King by poisoning his guards and making forged evidence to link them to the crime. Even though Macbeth was hesitating, he followed the plan. After the King’s death, Duncan’s son, Malcolm, decided to flee to England due to the danger, making Macbeth crowned the King. On the other hand, Macbeth planed to abolish the prophecy by murdering Banquo and his sons to prevent that his son would become the King. With his guilty haunting, Macbeth saw Banquo’s bloody ghost. While Macbeth started to seem suspicious, Macduff joined Malclom to plant the strategy to overthrown Macbeth. The witches predicted again that he should beware of Macduff. When the battle began, he finally realized the true implications of the prophecy and was eventually killed by Macduff, acclaiming Malclom to be the Scotland’s King (Tragedy, n.d.).

This story represented the sinfulness that Macbeth had. He is haunted by the sinful thought, not by the crime he committed. Showing the subjective manipulation, the desire for power that he had destroying him. However, the central paradox is that the sense of heroic that Macbeth had is while he was being a murderer and tyrant (Cusick, 1991). His bravery occurred when he was fighting for his belief and dreams, confronting with the crimes and damnation. All mankind is stood for Macbeth, who sometimes made mistakes and feel guilty about it. This made this Shakespeare’s work so accepted.

From the works of Shakespeare that always provide readers with wisdom, he was an everlasting model for the world. Both students and common people still learn certain perspectives from them. Writing in Elizabethan era, Shakespeare works were reasonably distinguished from other writers when English literature was flourishing. To conclude, his prominent writings in Elizabeth period influenced English language in terms of all skills as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Apparently, they commonly are inspirations for interested learners.


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