Macbeth


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Written between 1611-12



First performed in 1623.



Macbeth tells of a man who is deceived by himself and his wife. The play opens with thunder and lightning and the appearance of three witches--supernatural beings. Due to the fact that this is the beginning of the play, the opening Act, it foreshadows the central theme of the play--evil.--Submitted by Shanika



Basically, there are three witches who predict Macbeth's future; it then plays on his mind when the first prediction comes true--he becomes Thane of Cawdor. Then he would go on to be king. He writes and tells his wife and they were both really excited. When Macbeth gets back to his castle, he and his wife decide that the only way he can become king is if they kill King Duncan. With power gone to his head, Macbeth slowly starts to 'lose the plot', as does Lady Macbeth.--Submitted by Anonymous



Macbeth captures the timeless nature of the human experience....There is greed for power, murderous evil scheming, and the nobility of the fight for good and evil. The tortuous guilty self-flagellation that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth succumb to is such a base human emotion. Without realizing it they are both lost in the depth of the chasm they willingly stepped into. Those are elements of "a classic" and of course no one questions that Shakespeare's Macbeth, written in 1606, still plays well today.--Submitted by Judy M



The noteworthy feature of this play is that the entire action centers around two terrible figures who dominate over the rest of the characters and push them into significance. It has been the custom to think of Macbeth as a cowardly criminal and Lady Macbeth as the incarnation of the Devil, and consequently to think of them as being different in their attitude to crime. But to do so would be to miss the complexity introduced by Shakespeare in presenting them as being alike in the way they have been consumed by the passion of ambition. Still tragedy of ambition seems a true and adequate description of the play, to this extent at least, that ambition is the main spring of its action. Ambition alone calls into operation the forces that bring about the central deed and its train of fearful results.--Submitted by Dipen Guha



The character of Macbeth is very charming in spite of being cruel.--Submitted by Rajesh Jailal Vyas



This is one of the most fascinating plays by Shakespeare. The three witches play a significant role to Duncan's fate and Macbeth's downfall. Their prophecy being initially proven through Macbeth's crown as the thane of crawdo however one may argue and insist that it was Macbeth's ambition to be the king long before the three witches' prophecy.--Submitted by baroka





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