Human Nature In Macbeth

833 Words4 Pages
Human nature can be defined as the natural personalities of humans when they are first born, or the “general psychological characteristics, feelings, and behavioral traits of humans shared by all humans”. In Macbeth, By William Shakespeare, there are various characters who have many different personalities. Specifically, Shakespeare communicates his interpretation of human nature and uses the characters in Macbeth to establish the foundation of his reasoning. Through the motif of ambition, Shakespeare communicates that Macbeth and the other characters all have specific roles and personalities in the play that contribute to Shakespeare’s interpretation that humans are inherently deceptive, violent, and gullible. In the very beginning of the play, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is praised for his victory in the violent war in Scotland and begins to exhibit ambitious intentions when he receives admiration for his violence. In the…show more content…
When the prophecy is introduced to Macbeth, the witches say “All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!”, All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!”, and “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” (1.2). This is an example of equivocation because the witches tell Macbeth that he will be king but he doesn’t know how he will become king which subsequently leads him to killing King Duncan, representing the human tendency to be gullible. Another example of gullibility was when Lady Macbeth also fell for the prophecy’s trap. The prophecy stated that Macbeth would become the “Thane of Cawdor” and the witches “hail Macbeth… Thane of Cawdor” (1.3.51). However, the prophecy does not state how Macbeth will become the “Thane of Cawdor”, which represents humans’ gullibility in the face of power or ambition. Therefore, this led Lady Macbeth to her ambitious thoughts to murder King Duncan in order to become more

More about Human Nature In Macbeth

Open Document