Critical Analysis of “Macbeth” by Shakespeare Background
A number of the most renowned lines in the record of literature come from the writings of William Shakespeare. As well, some of the most legendary devices also come from him. He formed many highly-praised stories of human performance, comedy, and passionate sonnets and his work keep on to control authors to this day. He used various techniques in “Macbeth” which included different styles, themes, imagery, and symbols that are prone to criticism. (Shakespeare, 56).
In terms of style, Shakespeare used different styles which included the Blank verse and prose, whereby in blank verse Shakespeare tended to communicate in “blank verse,” which is basically unrhymed poetry. Also the masses tended to converse just like we do, in usual old writing style. For instance, where Lady Macbeth insists on her companion to rinse his hands after he had executed King Monarch; “and wash this grimy observer from your hand.” Here, every syllable is stressed, indicating an unrhymed iambic. He also used the prose, where it tried to set the porter apart from the nobles. This style was commonly used by the commoners or the ordinary folk, like the poor hangover porter. Thus, it indicated that there was a difference in class (Shakespeare, 13).
The author used various themes like sex duties, where he paid a great deal in the exploration of gender obligations. For instance, when Lady Macbeth propels her spouse to kill Monarch. Further, she ruled her husband and dictated everything. In addition, there is the theme of reason and passion, in which Macbeth was very balanced, reflecting on the impacts and connotations of his doings. The disturbance of the environment was one of the themes used – thunderstorm, upheaval, and dusk at noon, were unnatural and disruptive death occurrences of Monarch. This was a confirmation of the godly freedom hypothesis of kingship. (Shakespeare, 35). Kingship and ordinary order is a theme used in the writing of “Macbeth,” a natural order that lead to the breakage of it from the order on earth. Also, there was deceitful act of regicide, and the demolition of comradely and relatives attachments, which went adjacent to a natural order. Chance and destiny themes have been criticized because Macbeth ascended to kingship using unacceptable means (by his own free will).
Imagery is broadly applied as Shakespeare engaged the use of descriptions of darkness throughout Macbeth, since darkness is consistently connected with wickedness and to a definite extent, dishonesty. Shakespeare used imagery of night and darkness in sight with witchcraft, to make them seem evil and unruly. He uses the bleak descriptions of clothing, this shows how he tries to hide the disgraceful self from his own eyes and those in the region. He is tiring an unwarranted self-respect, the description of the reason of clothing on Macbeth is the fact that these outfits are not his, thus showing disgracefulness. There is also blood imagery, which is important in the play; it shows Macbeth’s evil doings in the start, center and the conclusion of the play; thus the play was centered under wickedness and unruly behavior from the main character.
He also used various symbols like blood, where the continuous occurrence of blood in Macbeth frequently tells the viewers about how severe the impacts of the characters’ dealings are. The existence of imaginary blood throughout the play show cased how there was a drop of grip on the truth. The symbol of nature was crucial as the insurgent nature of wind and lightening point out the disturbance within the ordinary array of the community. It showed the disappearance from acknowledged political and ethical array (Shakespeare, 45).
Talking about the entire play, Macbeth stands as the shortest play among Shakespeare’s work. The play is anomalous in a number of structural respects and has no complications of a subplot. As a result, the action carries on in an inexorable and swift rush. Most importantly, the climax that involves the murder of Duncan occurs very early in the play, pulling more attraction on the many consequences of the crime as opposed to the moral dilemmas or ambiguities that came before and occasioned the play.
Shakespeare, William. “Macbeth”. Jamie Iaconis, 2014.