Individualsrespond to strange experience in different ways. Often, it depends onthe ways through which one has been nurtured since childhood. Forinstance, there is a high likelihood that one may react negatively tostrange experiences if they were brought up in a healthy environmentwhere there was a minimal chance of adverse experiences and viceversa. However, in different works of literature, authors haveexpounded on the importance of strange experiences and itssignificance in shaping the behavior of their characters. isone of William Shakespeare`s greatest tragedies. People consider thepiece as the darkest because of the addition of spiritual dimensionin the composition. This essay seeks to look at the ideas developedby `s author regarding how individuals respond to unfamiliarexperiences.
Duringthe writing of the play, Shakespeare used names of characters thatwere familiar with the audience who knew the history of well.Conversely, in the modern times, one has to introduce the names andrelationships of the characters before reading the play. Through thistechnique, it would be easy to understand how the characters havebeen developed and their individual response especially to unfamiliarexperiences. is the primary character in the playShakespeare has portrayed him as humble, honest and trustworthy. Theplay revolves around who at the start of the play comesacross three witches in the Moor who go on to prophesy his future. Asemphasized by Shakespeare (1), the prophecy was an unfamiliarexperience to who had never thought that he would become theThane of Cawdor and eventually the King of Scotland (p. 12). Since hewas an influential leader in King Duncan`s Kingdom, dismissedthe witches prophesies. Shakespeare has developed the characters in away that their experiences contribute a lot in shaping their presentfamiliar and unfamiliar experiences in the play. For example, and his friend Banquo were able to defeat various invading armiesfrom Norway and Ireland that were led by Macdonald. In this case,Shakespeare showed that past encounters play a significant role indetermining how an individual can respond to an unfamiliarexperience. However, matters took a twist when King Duncan`s men cameto congratulate and Banquo on their victories in the battle.They proclaimed him as the Thane of Cawdor which meant that thewitches’ prophecy was taking shape and he immediately beganquestioning the experience. Shakespeare (1) has developed the ideathat it is easier for an individual to believe and address unfamiliarexperiences in cases where events seem to be in sync (p. 35). started believing in the witches` prophecy because he was certainthat he was on the right track to being the King of Scotland afterbeen named Thane of Cawdor.
Similarly,Shakespeare (1) examines the role of close relationships in shapingan individual response towards unfamiliar experiences. `swife, Lady , was ambitious at the start of the play. Thehusband confided on her regarding everything that was happening inhis life. Lady supported him in everything and sometimes evenforced to engage in activities he disapproved. Kliman (2)states that the ambitious nature of his wife who immediately beganplanning for power, pressured to believe on witches’prophesies of being the King of Scotland (I, iii). Through the closerelationship with his wife, embraced the unfamiliarexperience and strived to overthrow King Duncan. Additionally,Shakespeare further uses the effects of relationships and care inconfronting unfamiliar experiences. becomes fully occupied inthe plan to overthrow the King because of the close relations withhis wife. He cannot respond individually to the experience withoutconsulting Lady . According to Kliman (2), wasuncomfortable with his wife`s strategy of planning for a dinner withKing Duncan but had to oblige with the plan (I, V). Lady `sconfidence in his husband capability to become the King of Scotlandhelped in addressing the issues at hand. He even goes to theextent of using two chamberlains as scapegoats for the murder. Kliman(1) states that stabbed the King while asleep in spite ofdoubts concerning the genuineness of the prophecy (III, IV).Shakespeare`s use of doubts portrays that people respond differentlyto unfamiliar experiences despite believing that they are true. is not comfortable with the killing of King Duncan, all hewants is to impress Lady . When the murder of the King isrealized the next morning, the drunken chamberlains are killed asscapegoats because they could not easily recall anything. then assumes the kingship. His ascension to power forces KingDuncan`s sons, Donalbain and Malcolm to flee the Kingdom out of fearof an impending assassination. With as the King of Scotland,the fear of the witches’ prophecy forced him to hire assassins tofinish Banquo, his close friend, and his son Fleance. Unfamiliarexperiences began facing and his wife, which led them to losetheir composure since circumstances were not as noble as theypreviously thought. Through , Shakespeare has developed theidea that it is important to approach unfamiliar experiences withcare. According to Kliman (2), Lady responded to beinghaunted by ghosts by committing suicide while Malcolm`s army beheaded under Macduff (V, III).
Inconclusion, individual responses to unfamiliar experiences variesdepending on behavior and personal relations. Shakespeare developsseveral ideas on how the characters responded on the experiencesthroughout the play. and Lady chose to embrace theunfamiliar experiences which led them on a path they previously hadnot anticipated. In this regard, different individuals embraceunfamiliar occurrences, whereas others are forced to respondindividually while completely acting on their motivations.
(1)Shakespeare W. The tragedy of . Classic Books Company 2001.
(2)Kliman BW. . Shakespeare in Performance. Manchester:Manchester UP. 2004.