Machiavellism in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: A Critical Study

Hergie Alexis SEGUEDEME, Kossi Joiny TOWA-SELLO


The aim of this article is to showcase and discuss Machiavellism in William Shakespeare’s play portraying by the tragedy attitudes on Macbeth and the challenge around Scotland kingdom power in British society during the Elizabethan period. This study has carried out a great desire of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth characters and their double dealing to get the Scotland kingdom great power or get-up-and-go throughout strong or a longing through unnatural power act of ambitious characters. In the process, this article has highlighted some cogent impacts of a great glory and the side effect of a foolish ambition throughout unethical practice. Indeed in order to meet up its objective, this article has carried out its criticism against the backdrop of literary theories of Psychoanalysis, New Historicism and Womanism. The findings of this study reveal that Macbeth is a royal entertainment, for all those of us who enjoy the suspense and excitement of a murder story. It could be interpreted Shakespeare’s play as a moral lesson. Throughout this scientific work, Macbeth teaches us, in a new way, the old lesson that crime does not pay. All in all Macbeth is a sinister, violent drama, full of fear, evil and death. The language of the play creates this dark drama.


Scotland Kingdom; Ambition; Machiavellism; Power

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