Shakespeare’s novelty remains timeless. His style of writing stillprovokes many thoughts and explains literature in a unique way todate. is one of Shakespeare’s intriguing works. Thecharacter’s motivation is valiant ambition and desire for a securedestiny. first appears in the play in the battlefield valorof the wounded captain’s account creating an impression of acapable warrior who is fearless (Scott 6). His vaulting ambitionleads him to kill King Duncan with an aim of paving way for hisdestiny in an unrivaled manner. The tragic focus shifts from thereader seeing a man who is too ambitious to someone else when heinteracts with the three witches. The interaction with the witchesseems to be another way of looking for motivation from powers andseeking prediction for him becoming king. The prophecy’s bring himjoy but not contentment as he struggles with internal instability.Throughout the play, is in constant battle with ambition,bravery and doubting himself.
According to Scott (11), this play is a clear indication of whatmotivation can do. It can create an inner power and have terribleeffects on people who lack a strong character. Lack of charactercreates fear and worry as evident before kills Duncan. Lady appears in the play as his wife and a woman who isbloodthirsty. She pursues her husband to murder the king. A loyalhonest man turns into a murderer and cold-hearted being, driven by adesire to secure the throne. After the murder, ’s wifestarts powerfully disintegrating leaving her lonely and cold. A womanwho drove her husband to commit the murder now starts experiencingfeelings of guilt until she commits suicide. By the time she dies,her husband has grown heartless and acts indifferent on receiving thenews of her death. Despite her faithfulness to him through the years,all can say is that it was expected that she would die oneday.
The use of figurative language is evident through this play. Thefirst line that uses to respond to his wife’s death isitself a figurative form of speech implying two things. To startwith, it displays a careless attitude on receiving news of a lovedone’s death. It shows a sense of no concern and portrays death asan expected event that can happen today or any other time it wants tohappen. Secondly, it portrays as a man too busy chasing hisambitions to notice that the woman he has lived with for years is nomore. The tone of the speech reveals a less disturbed person and lessconcerned attitude of . Another use of figurative speech isthe emphasis on tomorrow upon receiving news about his wife’sdeath. Tomorrow figuratively means waiting or postponing for such atime that will eventually come. The repetition of the word outsignifies a closed chapter and the end of life. Its emphasis is onthe short life is and the untimely demise from this world.Existentialism is also evident as describes life as a walkingshadow. He implies that we are living but not certain of what willhappen next and like a shadow disappears with the light it is only amatter of time before we varnish never to be seen in the world.
Aforementioned strands of imagery are not limited and are also usedto make the speech fascinating. describes death as somethingthat creeps in, while we know that only animals creep, he uses thesame description to explain how death moves in the petty pace dailyto a time that he describes as the last syllable. Once again, theterm syllable is musical but is used to help us imagine it in theform of recorded time. The term dusty death images death as the windor something that blows out the brief candle of life. Almost everysentence in the speech has some form of imagery used making thespeech exquisite. concludes the speech by signifying nothingmaking us wonder how significance can have no apparent meaning yetthis is all a form of strands of imagery.
The turning point in the play marks the transformation of a goodperson driven by ambition to become an overly ambitious,self-centered, cold-hearted man. goes from being a capablewarrior in the battlefield, into a person consumed by ambition thatkills. He transforms to become a murderer for the sake of power.Apart from becoming a killer, grows cold and appears to haveno conscience when his wife dies. It does not shock or move him, uponreceiving the sad news of the woman he lived with dying. If anything,the speech symbolizes a carefree man who was expecting death to havehappened earlier than it has happened now. While it may be possibleto assume that his wife’s death touches him but he is too manly toshow emotions, his speech speaks otherwise. Eventually, doesnot contemplate suicide like other Shakespeare characters but he diesin the combat.
Scott, RobertO. WilliamShakespeare`s .Woodbury, N.Y: Barron`s, 1984.pp.6-45 Print.