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"Macbeth Fails His Own Drama"
The objective of this
paper is to research the main character, Macbeth’s role in Macbeth. From the
first to the last this drama shows Macbeth’s consciousness and intention as a
usurper. To reach that goal Macbeth himself performs double-roles, one as a
dramatist who writes his own drama for will to kingship and the other is an
actor in his own drama.
Meeting with witches is to Macbeth a chance of
soaring up his own imagination for kingship and in this process he performs many
devilish acts successively for or against his own will, which at last he himself
cannot control. As a dramatist he cannot manipulate the dramatic
conditions—time, place, and action—in the bloodshed tragedy he writes and plays.
Instead he is overruled by time and situation, which means he cannot display his
own intention and imagination as he will. This makes his drama failed. In failed
drama Macbeth himself performs an incompetent action which is metaphorized in
the phrase, “a giant’s robe upon a dwarfish thief” (5.2.21-22).
cause to his failure as a dramatist and an actor is his overflowing imagination.
All his actions are derived from the witches’ prophet-like words. He accepts
their words blindly. There are many dramatic terms and allusions in this drama,
which have a relation with his successive murders that metaphorically show the
result that he himself is isolated from the audience and the drama itself. At
last he falls into the failed dramatist and the failed actor.
Macbeth, dramatist, actor, self-consciousness, stage, theme,
imagination, witch, metadrama, unconsciousness