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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth William Shakespeare was born on April 23rd 1564 in Stretford-on-Avon. William Shakespeare died on April 23rd 1616, he was exactly 52. In 1606 William Shakespeare wrote the famous play "Macbeth", this play is one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays. Nowadays the play is performed many times every year and has been made into several films. Here is a list of the characters: Duncan, King of Scotland- A vulnerable and well-liked king that is brutally murdered by Macbeth so that he can realise the witches' prophecy and become king. He is killed while staying at Macbeth's own castle. Macbeth- The Main character, and is the Thane of Glamis, he ultimately becomes Thane of Cawdor. The witches predict that he will become king, but his friend Banquo's posterity will later have the crown. He kills Duncan to become king, murders Banquo and all of Macduffs family. He is brutally killed in the end by an unforgiving Macduff. Lady Macbeth- Macbeth's wife; she urges him to kill King Duncan so that he will have the crown. She later loses her resolve and courage and begins to sleepwalk because of the stress of the crime and later kills herself. Banquo- Friend of Macbeth and nobleman of Scotland. ...read more.


If they were convicted, they endured torture and death by hanging or burning at the stake. In the play, the witches meet in foul weather - they speak of thunder, lightning, fog and filthy air. This introduces Macbeth as a dark, dangerous play, in which the theme of evil is central. The witches prophesies have so much power over Macbeth, this might be because the witches have chosen the right moment to approach Macbeth - when he is full of the triumph of battle, and fresh from killing. Macbeth begs the witches to stay and tries to question them: 'Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more.' (Act one, scene 3). It makes you question whether he's already thought about what they are saying about being king. And those 'horrible imaginings' he then speaks of, they might be of Duncan's murder. The witches could only have so much power over Macbeth if he had these thoughts in his head. The three prophecies that the witches said were: that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King. Then Ross and Angus arrive with the news - Duncan has made Macbeth Thane of Cawdor. "He bade me, from him, call thee Thane of Cawdor:" (Act one, scene three). The first prophecy has come true. Macbeth has immediate proof that the witches know the future. ...read more.


Nonetheless, we see how through temptation and other forces (the supernatural and his wife) he is transformed from a loyal person to a deceiving and evil man. In my opinion, I think the witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself are all equally to blame for the tragedy in the play, but if there was an order, Macbeth himself would be the least to blame and the witches being the most to blame, leaving Lady Macbeth in the middle. If the witches hadn't of made predictions and suggested that he would become king then Lady Macbeth would never of pushed him in to killing the king. The witches predicted that Macbeth would become king, but if he hadn't seen the witches would he still try to become king? That is the question. If the witches hadn't suggested it then he wouldn't have done all the murders. Also I think if his wife hadn't of been so persuasive then he'd never of done it. I think it was fate that he met the witches, and they told him about becoming king, and it just so happened that the King would come and stay at his place that night, making the perfect opportunity for the killing. The tragedy is that Macbeth could have turned out into a really honourable person, and perhaps been made King one day, but made the mistake and couldn't give in to his ambitions. Andrew Hartnell 1 ...read more.

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