Macbeth as Tragedy |
Shakespeare’s Macbeth is often considered one of literature’s greatest tragedies and is said to reveal much about human nature. Do you agree or disagree that the play conveys much about humanity or about the human experience? What, if anything, does the work suggest about human beings or society? Support your views with textual details and analysis.
In your response, address how Macbeth’s subject matter, themes, form, or other literary elements might (or might not) be characteristic of tragedy. How do tragic qualities of the play contribute (or not) to the story’s larger message(s)?
I believe that there is a great deal in this play that does show human nature, more specifically the human nature of greed. People tend to have selfish tendencies, whether they act on them or not they are still present, and when presented with the opportunity for power, can choice to make poor decisions. When Macbeth is greeted by the Three Witches, they prophesize that he will be King which plants the seed in his mind that it can come to be, showing the nature of greed for power (Clugston, 2010). When Lady Macbeth is reading the letter written telling of this prophecy, she reads the line “…. that thou mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee” which further shows his desire for this position (Clugston, 2010). He is telling his wife to not give up on what the future can hold since he has been promised this title in a prophecy, a foolish thought to most.
With the pushing of Lady Macbeth he chooses to murder Duncan as well as the sons of Banquo, who the witches said would be kings in the future as well, eliminating the competition so to speak. In the end, his selfish actions ultimately lead to his own demise. This play tells a lot of human nature as well as society, which holds true in today’s world. People can be selfish, greedy and impatient, something that is intensified when presented with the idea of...