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This paper examines the timeless and universal appeal of William Shakespeare's tragedy "MacBeth." According to the paper, "Macbeth" is a tragedy intended for seventeenth century audiences. Nonetheless, its themes, characters and plot make it timeless, noting that betrayal and ambition have always been part of human nature. The paper also addresses the political nature of the tragedy, exploring the boundaries between good and evil, and the effects of blinding ambition. The paper concludes by stating that "Macbeth" will never lose its appeal with general audiences because politics and human nature are two constants.
From the Paper:""Macbeth" is a tragedy intended for seventeenth century audiences. Nonetheless, its themes, characters and plot make it timeless, as betrayal and ambition have always been part of human nature. In this sense, the fact that "Macbeth" is open to continual reinterpretation has not only kept it alive for audiences ever since it was first performed, but it has preserved its relevance and applicability to contemporary circumstances. By illuminating several themes and making some considerations on the plot of the play, this paper strives to illustrate why many modern critics and viewers find "Macbeth" relevant in today's context. "
Sample of Sources Used:
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- Coursen, H. R. (1997). Macbeth: A Guide to the Play.Greenwood Press.
- Nostbakken, Faith. (1997). Understanding Macbeth: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Greenwood Press.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
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