The Themes of Macbeth

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The Themes of Macbeth
1 Ambition
1.1 Macbeth seeks power
1.1.1 Spurred on by his wife
1.2 Causes his downfall
1.2.1 "I have no spur/ To prick the sides of my intent, but only/ Vaulting ambition
2 Evil
2.1 The urge to destroy whatever is good
2.2 The underlying presence of murderous intention and action
2.2.1 "Fair is foul, and foul is fair
3 Order and Disorder
3.1 The struggle to mantain or destroy social and natural bonds
3.1.1 The Destruction of morality and mutual trust
3.1.2 "Uproar the universal peace, confound/ All unity on earth
4 Appearance and Reality
4.1 Evil lurks behind fair looks
4.2 Deceit and hypocrisy mean that appearances cannot be trusted
4.2.1 Lady Macbeth's "look like th' innocent flower, / But be the serpent under 't"
5 Guilt and Conscience
5.1 Macbeth knows that what he does us wrong.
5.1.1 He does it and has to suffer the agonies of conscience as a result "O, full of scorpions is my mind"
6 Equivocation
6.1 Telling deliberately misleading half-truths
6.1.1 "Th' equivocation of the fiend/ That lies like truth"
7 Violence and Tyranny
7.1 Warfare, destruction and oppression
7.1.1 "Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell"
8 Man
8.1 The violent feudal society of hierarchical male power breeds bloody stereotypes of what it is to be man.
8.1.1 "I dare do all that may become a man"
8.1.2 "But I must also feel it as a man"
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