Study Guide

Macbeth Themes

By William Shakespeare

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Fate and Free Will

Ambition

Power

Versions of Reality

Gender

The Supernatural

Violence

Time

 

The themes for Macbeth are largely recognized as the desire and drive for unlimited power, gender roles and dynamics, and, consequently, plenty of violence. The pursuit for more power and control comes at the expense of many lives lost, broken relationships, and betrayal.

Macbeth themes also include lust and the feelings of invincibility that are a result of increased power, all of which are hugely influential on Macbeth’s life and ultimately guide his decisions throughout this story.

Additional themes for Macbeth involve how much of the action is driven by women who do not act in conventionally feminine ways, making non-traditional gender roles a core concept to William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

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