âAt the beginning of the play, Macbeth writes to his wife as âmy dearest partner of greatnessâ. How does this relationship change during the course of the tragedy?â
Exploring the human subconscious, Shakespeareâs âMacbethâ is a dark and sinister insight into one manâs âvaulting ambitionâ. Shakespeare explores the human condition and psyche by integrating themes such as ambition, desire and guilt. These main themes are closely aligned and are used to consider jealousy, love, identity, evil and the notion that appearances can be deceptive. The fall of the eponymous hero is interlinked with the demise of a once powerful and intense relationship. Macbeth and his âdearest partner of greatnessâ lose the equality that is the basis of their love, resulting in an inversion of their roles. The disorder of Macbeth and Lady Macbethâs relationship mirrors the chaos brought to Scotland by âthis dead butcher and his fiend-like queenâ.
Opening upon a wild and desolate moor, Shakespeare promptly establishes a sense of darkness and foreboding. The Weird Sisters are ambiguous, speaking in paradox to emphasise the untrustworthy premonitions of which they speak. It is from these contradictory statements that Macbeth is introduced. This selective use of description given by the Weird Sisters arouses curiosity. It is from the contrasting depiction that the Sergeant gives of âvalours minionâ, that a sense of almost confusion is created as to Macbethâs true character. Macbeth and Banquo are heroes returning from war; their loyalty towards their king is not questioned, until Macbeth dramatically echoes the words of the Weird Sisters with:
âSo foul and fair a day I have not seenâ.
This reiteration of the Weird Sisterâs riddles almost immediately aligns ânoble Macbethâ with the prophecies of which they speak. Macbeth who is already âThane of Glamisâ, will become âThane of Cawdorâ and fin...