Macbeth – Written assignment

3. Macbeth’s visions and hallucinations:
Themes in Macbeth
Tragedies and Macbeth
Macbeth - life lessons

There are multiple different themes in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, such as the relationship between cruelty and masculinity, temptation and sin, and so on. However, one of the biggest themes in play is ambition. Ambition plays huge role in why Macbeth becomes king in the first place, and also why he develops to being insane.

Macbeth is in the beginning not that ambitious, but here it is his wife’s ambition, Lady Macbeth, that drives them to kill Duncan, so that Macbeth can become king. As Macbeth’s ambition grows, so does his greediness.

In the end his ambition is so strong that he is willing to kill anyone standing in his way, which gives us a good insight to, how too much ambition can ruin everything and take away the feelings we have as humans. Another huge theme in the play is guilt.

The fact that Macbeth kills the king, and then orders someone to kill his friend Banquo, just so he can get what he wants, is very hard on him. It causes him to hallucinate, and eventually Lady Macbeth’s guilt also takes over.

They might seem coldhearted, but their guilt shows another story. The guilt they feel prevents them from actually enjoying what they have achieved. However the guilt they have, drive them to do different things.

Macbeth ends up killing even more people; whereas Lady Macbeth becomes so insane that she takes her own life. Another very noticeable but important theme is crime.

There are crimes in different ways, the crime of murder, a rebellion and of treason. Without the crimes there would not be a play.

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