Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Despite the fact that Macbeth is set in the 1600's, I believe that there are many themes within the play that can relate to modern day. Temptation is a theme that everyone can genuinely sympathize about with Macbeth's character because we have all given into temptations during the course of our lives at least once. Macbeth succumbs to temptation when Lady Macbeth pressures him to murder Duncan. Macbeth says to Lady Macbeth,"We will proceed no further in this business" (Act 1 scene 7), but then Lady Macbeth suggests that he is cowardly to back out of their plot to kill, ultimately making Macbeth give into her peer pressure. It's quite evident that temptation can sway the decisions of others, because Macbeth changed his mind after a temptation to kill Duncan was presented to him. Temptation in this play proves to be a very powerful desire that is enjoyed at first, but often regretted later at some point.