Analysis of Macbeth

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Analysis of Macbeth

Macbeth, is one of the greatest tragedy plays written by William

Shakespeare. It is a rather short play with a major plot that we had

to follow it carefully to understand its significance. The play is a

tragedy about evil rising to power, which ends up corrupting the main

characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the opening of the play

Macbeth is introduced to the audience as Thane of Glamis and is

respected. The witches also play a major part in the play, as they

predict the future. Macbeth moves his way on up to Thane of Cowdor

for his bravery in the battle. At first, Macbeth did not believe in

the witches’ prophecies as he was told to be crowned king; however

he’s convinced once he’s made Thane of Cowdor. The evil is revealed

when we learn that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are driven by ambition to

become royalty. The play is full of intriguing, suspicious, and

frightening scenes making the play more enjoyable to read. Moreover,

each scene holds a purpose that made it important to the play. The

following scenes: act 2.1, 2.4, and 4.2 were chosen because they share

various dramatic purposes such as emphasizing themes, providing comic

relief, advancing the plot, creating dramatic irony, establishing an

atmosphere, creating and or revealing character, and creating


Act 2.1 begins with an obvious introduction to a conflict. As Banquo

and his son Felance walk through a hall in Macbeth’s castle, they

discuss Banqou inability to sleep due to the dreams he’s been having

about the three witches. They run into Macbeth with a shock, wondering

why he’s still awake. Banquo requests a talk with Macbeth about the

... middle of paper ... Macduff will do to him.

As a result, I think this tragedy was an excellent play written by

William Shakespeare. I would say the theme of the play is to not let

evil control your thoughts like it did with Macbeth, and destroyed him

and his wife later on the play. Macbeth did not enjoy one day that he

was King, because he became King the wrong way. If you do something

that horrific it will haunt you later on. All Shakespeare’s scenes

have an dramatic purpose, and these three had one of them: providing

comic relief, creating dramatic irony, developing characters,

establishing atmosphere, and creating conflict.

Florim Makolaj



Teacher: Mrs. Deckert

Due date: 14/10/05

Course Code: Eng-3u1

Work Cited

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Toronto: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1988
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