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  • Macbeth

    Macbeth, a short tragedy in five acts, was first performed in 1606 and, like Othello, remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays to date. Its themes and characters are often assigned as topics for high school and college essays on Macbeth. What sets Macbeth apart from other Shakespearean tragedies is the absence of subplots or other distractions; the action proceeds swiftly and relentlessly from beginning to end.

    The play chronicles the rise and fall of Macbeth, a celebrated Scottish general in the service of King Duncan. One day, Macbeth meets the Weird Sisters, three witches who prophesy that he will one day become King of Scotland. Upon hearing this, ambition stirs in his breast and that of his wife; the duo seizes their chance and murder the King as he sleeps; thus, Macbeth fulfils the first part of the prophecy.

    However, in order to protect himself from the hostility and suspicion arising from the murder, he is forced to commit a series of killings that drag the country into a civil war and eventually end in his death and that of Lady Macbeth. But before this can happen, the couple must contend with the immense guilt and paranoia engendered by the knowledge of their treacherous deed. Their annihilation is a direct consequence of their guilty conscience – Lady Macbeth dies by her own hand and Macbeth is beheaded by Macduff.

    The play highlights the destruction caused by the unbridled ambition of power-hungry individuals who achieve their goals through treachery and betrayal. Other important themes in Macbeth include the conflict between guilt and loyalty and that between good and evil, often in the same person. Belief in witchcraft and the influence of supernatural forces on human beings is another recurrent motif in the story. The plot is made more interesting by the dreams and psychological disorder afflictions experienced by the principal characters.

    For obvious reasons, Macbeth is one of the most successful Shakespearean plays and this compilation of essays on Macbeth helps readers gain new insights into the tragedy.

  • Macbeth or Lady Macbeth

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    Shakespeare’s Macbeth introduces numerous characters whom possess traits of genuine humility and righteousness and genuine insanity and greed. Taking a closer look at the characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, there is a noticeable difference in each of these characters’ analysis of being wicked. Although both characters originally act together as deceitful, murderous, and heartless individuals, Macbeth continues to be overcome by this dark persona. Thus concluding, that Macbeth displays a more wicked

  • Macbeth

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    comes back to haunt Macbeth. Banquo's ghost can only be seen by Macbeth. In this scene, a banquet is being held by Macbeth and lady Macbeth. Ross, Lennox, lords, and their attendants are also at the banquet. When everyone enters, Macbeth says that everyone knows where to sit. The reason everyone knows where to sit is because, everyone is seated according to their ranks in the military. The banquet goes on as planned until one of Banquo's murderers enters the room. When Macbeth notices the murderer

  • Macbeth

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    Macbeth In the final Act of the play Macbeth and his wife are described by Malcolm as “This dead butcher and his fiend-like queen.” Consider how Shakespeare introduces us to the character of Macbeth in Act 1. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 and wrote 37 plays throughout his lifetime. He wrote Macbeth in 1606 and it is probably one of his best known plays. ‘Macbeth’ is one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies-the others being: King Lear, Othello and Hamlet. ‘Macbeth’ was

  • Macbeth

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    the beginning Shakespeare presents Macbeth as a sort of hero. He is presented as a great warrior and loyal servant of the king, Duncan. However, as we progress through the play we see another side of Macbeth. This is the side of evil all powered by his unstoppable lust for power and greatness. We see this lust for power become stronger and stronger until he leaves the whole of Scotland in a terrible state. The play starts with the witches talking about Macbeth and what a great warrior he is. In Shakespeare’s

  • Macbeth

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    There were many external forces that influenced Macbeth on making his major decision. The decision was whether or no to kill King Duncan. These forces were the apparitions, the old witches, and Lady Macbeth. The apparitions influenced Macbeth by making him think he was invincible. The witches influenced Macbeth by telling him that he was going to become king. Lady Macbeth also influenced him by emasculating him. Although these factors influenced Macbeth, it was still his choice to act upon this

  • Macbeth

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    Sleep Motifs in Macbeth (“O, full of scorpions is my mind” is one of the most powerful passages ever written by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare 3.2.37). Shakespeare, here, uses the motif and imagery of sleep in Macbeth. In this play, the motif of ‘sleep’ can be noticed everywhere in the play, making it a significant part of the play. It was first introduced by the witches’ curse on the sailor, which foreshadows the insomnia experienced by characters later in the play: I will drain him dry as hay;

  • Macbeth

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    Macbeth His heart pumps with adrenaline as he slowly walks through the hallways to his king's room. A bright dagger suspended in mid-air leads him to his fate. Once he commits the bloody deed, all is forever changed, as he cannot go back. To think King Duncan is killed by his most trusted and honorable thane, who bore the titles of both Cawdor and Glamis. The rollercoaster begins running in a downward spiral of destruction as Macbeth becomes the King of Scotland. Three witches, the ones

  • Macbeth

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    The play “Macbeth” Written by “William Shakespeare” explores the theme of power, mechanized by his ambition. His nobility at heart , derives from his heroism in the inauguration of the play. It progressively deteriorates through his ambition guided crimes .The utilisation of metaphors and figurative language within the play explores the fall of a hero. Paragraph One In the establishment of the play, right away we hear of Macbeth’s nobility.” For brave Macbeth, Well he deserves that name”

  • Macbeth

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    William Shakespeare's Macbeth, also known as The Scottish Play is one of the most distinguished pieces of literature ever created in history. Written in the early 1600’s, this play embellished tragedy touching upon themes such as death, fate, war, and power. Characters such as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth became iconic and often imitated in theatrical work. Today, Macbeth still reigns supreme throughout the globe, and known to be on of Shakespeare’s many treasures. The production has been put on world

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