THEME 1- AMBITION
- In my opinion ambition is the strongest theme in the play 'Macbeth' because ambition is the root cause of the chain of events that leads Macbeth to his tyrannical reign as king and ultimate death.
- When he first heard the witches' prophecies, the "deep and dark desires" are awakened in him. Macbeth's quest for ultimate powers sees an opening and immediately his mind plots murder.
- It is the very same ambition that leads Macbeth to renounce his loyalty to his country and to his King by betraying them both. although he is aware of the immense sin he is committing by betraying a man who was "here in double trust" as his king and "kinsmen" as well as his guest, conscience takes a back seat for his goal in realising his dark and powerful ambitions.
THEME 2- CORRUPTION OF NATURE
- The corruption of nature and everything natural plays a significant role in the turnout of events in the play 'Macbeth' by Shakespeare.
- Characters turn to unnatural means to accomplish or fulfil their deep desires. They are tempted and in the end fall prey to forces of darkness
- Macbeth, upon hearing the witches' prophecies begins plotting King Duncan's murder. although warned by Banquo that the "instruments of darkness" often won them "with honest trifles" were not to be "trusted home", macbeth finds himself intrigued by their words and is ever more determined to see them come true.
- by murdering the king, Macbeth cuts of the source of nurture, severing the root that feeds him, perverting nature (from source)
- the witches too insult nature and its natural course by speaking of the future
- lady Macbeth rejects her natural womanhood to be filled up from "crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty" she calls on spirits to aid her in this sacrilegious quest to achieve pure ruthlessness of a man.