Themes, Motifs and Symbols in Macbeth Flashcards

What theme is shown through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relentless desire for power?

Ambition. It drives them to commit terrible acts, leading to their eventual downfall.

How does the theme of power affect Macbeth’s character?

Power corrupts Macbeth, transforming him from a heroic general into a tyrannical ruler, showing the pitfalls of power and its ability to distort one’s moral compass.

What role does fate play in Macbeth?

The witches’ prophecies set events in motion, raising questions about free will versus destiny and whether Macbeth’s downfall was predetermined or due to his own choices.

How is guilt portrayed in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

Guilt takes a severe psychological toll on both, with Macbeth grappling with his actions and Lady Macbeth suffering from insomnia and hallucinations, such as seeing blood on her hands.

What motif in Macbeth enhances the themes of tragedy and tension?

The supernatural, shown through the witches, creates an eerie atmosphere and raises questions about fate and free will, adding to the tragic tension.

What does the symbol of blood represent in Macbeth?

Blood represents guilt and moral corruption, reminding Macbeth and Lady Macbeth of their violent actions and the irreversible nature of their crimes.

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