Critical Essay on Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Macbeth is considered to be one of the most unusual and mysterious tragedies of Shakespeare. Being one of the very few plays, which was never performed while Shakespeare was alive, and the shortest of his plays, it is notorious among actors as the most unlucky theatrical works. Another peculiarity of Macbeth is that it focuses on the theme of the evil, but with a peculiar difference.
The main character, Macbeth, is wicked, no question, but he is not an ordinary villain. He knows too well the difference between the good and the evil. He realizes that having killed Duncan he violates moral laws, which he deeply respects. Not having committed the crime yet, he knows what horrible pains of remorse he is doomed to experience. But still he decides to commit a crime. His longing for power appears to be stronger than conscience and fear of moral scruples.
Having committed the crime, Macbeth loses his inner peace completely. He stops believing in friendship, his soul is tortured by suspicions. As he feels that everyone around him is his enemy, he becomes cruel and meticulous. Macbeth achieves the long desired power, but he cannot feel satisfied with it. The people and the aristocracy hate him and he has to fight them. Although he knows that his life is his worst nightmare and a meaningless massacre, he does not surrender, deep down being a hero.
Macbeth is an unusual story of a good, moral person committing a…