How does William Shakespeare's play Macbeth explore universal themes?
Required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of how Shakespeare's characters demonstrate the central themes of the play and how Shakespeare uses language and techiques to convey the plot.
Although William Shakespeare's play Macbeth is set in a distant time and place, it explores universal themes of greed and ambition. Macbeth, despite being very successful and well-treated by the Duncan, is not satisfied with the amount of power he is granted, and consorts with the evil witches and eventually is led to murder and becomes thoroughly evil. This is not unlike modern businessmen or dictators who let the longing for power or wealth overwhelm their moral sense. The possibility of ambition leading people to evil deeds is universal.
For techniques to convey the plot, the supernatural elements are used to foreshadow future events and build suspense.