Great Gatsby Act 3 Scene 2 Commentary

Act 3, Scene 2, 13-55 COMMENTARY
Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ highlights the power of ambition, yet uncontrolled by morality.   ‘Macbeth’ is less about a criminal who will be morally condemned than about a brave warrior who faced the uncontrollable ambitions which led him to murder. Reflecting off one another, the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth functions the play, moving them further down path of guilt yet with different reflexes. The passage in act 3, scene 2, 13-55 allows readers to explore into literary elements which support this theme of destruction follows ambition when unchecked with morality.   This passage features the conversation between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth after murdering Duncan. Yet the conversation suggests further violence of Macbeth disposing any potential threat to the throne.
Imagery is one of the most prominent literary elements found in this passage. Its vivid image suggests the state of Macbeth’s mind which is driven to its very darkest. This further suggests that it has come to the point of no return whereas Macbeth has sunken into a character of such madness and brutality. He is to commit further sins as cover-ups or follow-ups of his previous ones.   After murdering Duncan, previously in the play, Macbeth did experience guilt. Yet, coming to this point, he has overcome the guilt and is now oblivious to committing sins or guilt. “We have scorch’d the snake, not kill’d it,” stated Macbeth (3.2.13). This usage of imagery of snake as a representation for Duncan implies that there’re further threats to the throne – Banquo, Fleance, and Macduff - and he is determine to dispose any of it. This path that Macbeth is on is full of greed and temptation which are bounded by access to corruption and crime. The imagery gives the reader a clear depiction of how powerful ambition is as a force to maneuver human’s actions as well as stating clearly that the throne will never be safe no matter how hard Macbeth worked to get rid of all the...