How Is Macbeth Relevant Today

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth was written hundreds of years ago in the Elizabethan times and is relevance for modern audience since basic human nature is still the same. The story is about a brave Scottish general, Macbeth, who turns to the dark side once he receives a prophecy about him becoming King of Scotland. The themes to the story are ambition, guilt and insanity. The characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have greed for power and unstoppable ambition and temptation in the story which ultimately leads to their downfall. Shakespeare’s Macbeth can be seen as: “The language is rich, the characters are complex and many of his basic themes – love, treachery, honor, bravery and political intrigue – still resonate today.” This quote by Professor Alan Craven suggests that the play’s story, themes and characters are releavent to modern social issues that the present audience appreciates because characters like Macbeth are still seen today. The story of ‘Macbeth’ closely relates to a modern political intrigue. Macbeth has an ambitious nature that makes him easily believe in a prophecy that he will be king, seen here: “All hail, Macbeth, the future king!” (Act 1, Scene 3). Macbeth fulfils the prophecy by killing King Duncan, “I have done the deed...”(Act 2, Scene 2) and…show more content…
Macbeth possesses some self-awareness to realise the desire of being the king has serious consequences. “I can’t spur myself to action. The only thing motivating me is ambition, which makes people rush ahead of themselves toward disaster.” (Act 1, Scene 7). Lady Macbeth is a more complex character and finds that she is unable to cope with the consequences of her own ambition. “I still have the smell on my hand...” (Act 5, Scene 1) and “What’s done cannot be undone...” (Act 5, Scene 1). Ultimately, ambition and temptation prove fatal for

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