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In 1606, William Shakespeare presented one of his most famous tragedies to King James the first of England and sixth of Scotland. It was called Macbeth.

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Macbeth Essay Natalie Onions Joseph Whitaker School In 1606, William Shakespeare presented one of his most famous tragedies to King James the first of England and sixth of Scotland. It was called Macbeth. It is well known that Shakespeare did not write all of the plots in his plays, but that he "stole" them from other play wrights. Macbeth, however, is an exception. It is a partly true story about a thane (Macbeth), and his best friend Banquo. In the historically correct story, Macbeth was indeed the Thane of Cawdor, as in the play, and he wanted to become King. The way in which the play varies is in the murders that take place. It was in fact Banquo who was the most to blame in all the deaths. But as King James was related to the real Banquo, Shakespeare changed the plot to make Macbeth and his Lady the guilty party. Shakespeare also added the parts of the three witches into his play. He did this with the knowledge that the King was very interested in witchcraft, and that he had just written a book on the subject. Macbeth chose a Scottish play as King James was the current King of Scotland. He also chose the topic of regicide because of the recent events that had occurred in the Houses of Parliament - the Gunpowder and treason Plot by Guy Fawkes. At this moment in time, Macbeth (also known as The Scottish Play) has lasted nearly 4 centuries and is still being performed, read and studied today. ...read more.


In a state of panic, Macbeth Murders the King's guards and speaks in a very poetic manner. This makes his guilty side show through and so Lady Macbeth, staying loyal to her husband, takes on one final act to help him and faints to bring Macbeth away from the limelight. From now onwards, she has no part in the murders and starts to go slowly insane with guilt. The events that follow make Macbeth very guilty of the tragedy as he evolves from a man who is scared and guilty to a man who is power-driven and blood-seeking. When Macbeth's crowning ceremony comes around, Macduff does not attend as he is very suspicious of the new King. Macduff simply returns home in disgust. Now that he is King, Macbeth needs to get Banquo out of the way as the Weird Sisters told Banquo that his children would be Kings. Also, Banquo knew of the murder plot against the King. Macbeth is overfriendly with Banquo and tricks him with a friendly conversation into telling him where he and his son are going away to for a while. At this point, Macbeth has all the necessary information to kill Banquo. This plot was taken on entirely by Macbeth, showing that his evil side is strong enough for him to plot on his own and that he no longer needs encouragement from his Lady. Macbeth has two of his old enemies' commit the murder of Banquo and his son Fleance, but Fleance flees with the help of his father before he is harmed. ...read more.


He kills several men in the army which proves that he is still willing to murder to save himself. He then moves out into the courtyard, where he finally meets with Macduff. Macbeth's honest and true side is beginning to return as he declares that he will not fight Macduff, as he has killed enough of Macduff's family already. However, Macduff forces him to fight, even though Macbeth wants to stop. This shows that even though Macbeth was completely evil, he is tired and there is still a certain amount of goodness in him. According to the Weird Sisters, no person of woman born can harm Macbeth. This is when Macduff reveals that he was born by means of a caesarean section procedure. Macbeth continues to fight but is easily overthrown by Macduff. Good triumphs over evil. This is also the instance in Macbeths own mind as his good side triumphs his evil side at the end of the play. As the crown is placed on Malcolm's head, Macduff describes Macbeth as "A dead butcher with a fiend like wife." So who was more to blame? Macbeth himself or his Lady? In my opinion, Lady Macbeth was more to blame as she started the chain of murders by plotting against Duncan. Indeed, she was under the Weird Sisters' influence, but it was she who went on to influence Macbeth. If she hadn't used emotional blackmail to force him into Duncan's murder, the other murders could have been prevented. The most evil character was most definitely Macbeth. He very quickly transformed into a heartless murderer and even though he began to regret his actions towards the end of the play, he had still done some awful things and no amount of regret and guilt could ever fix it. ...read more.

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