Macbeth Essay

Shakespeare uses number of structured devices to highlight the play. Some of these devices are conflict (“man versus man” and “man versus himself”), contrast, foreshadowing, dramatic irony, supernatural, setting, and humour.

      There is a conflict in Macbeth’s character, the good side of him wants him to commit the murder, while the bad side of him wants the fate take its course.

“He’s here in double trust: ‘I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murtherer shut the door, not bear the knife myself”( Act1; scene viii, line12-16).

Macbeth is torn between his loyalty to Duncan and his ambition to fulfill the path of the prophecy of becoming the King. The conflict of “man versus man” can be describes as the physical conflict between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The conflict with Macbeth and his wife is basically whether or not he should kill Duncan. At a point Macbeth decided he no longer wished to murder Duncan when he enters Duncan's chamber with a knife ready to carry out the murder. “We will proceed no further in this business:” Act 1, scene vii line 30. Following this statement, Lady Macbeth became irritated with her husband and proceeded to attack his manhood by saying,

“woulds’t thou have that which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting ‘Letting I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would,’ Like the poor cat I’th’adage?” Act 1, scene vii, line 41- 44. She then went on to say in Act 1, scene, lines 49-51, “…when you durst do it, then you were a man and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man”. Macbeth trying to prove his manhood to his wife and therefore killed Duncan.
The relationship between Macbeth and Banquo is one of friendship. They fight together and are honoured together. Both men receive prophecies, but their lives conclude very differently. Banquo’s passive personality blocks him from making his own decisions to...