Video SparkNotes: Shakespeare's Macbeth summary
Of all the plays that Shakespeare wrote during the reign of James I , who was patron of Shakespeare's acting company , Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright's relationship with his sovereign. A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland.
Macbeth,a brave lord of the king of Scotland,Duncan,once while returning from a victorious battle along with a companion Banquo happened to meet three witches who made three predictions which became a turning point in Macbeth's life. When one of the predictions became true, Macbeth along with his cunning wife killed the king cruelly to make the second prediction true. But even after becoming the king Macbeth could not find happiness and was always haunted by the third prediction. In order to make false the third prediction he attempted many murders. He again met the three witches who made another three predictions this time and everything went according to that and finally Macbeth was killed and Malcolm the son of Banquo became the king of Scotland. Macbeth is a Shakespearean classical tragedy evolving out of the hero's all-encompassing ambition.
The drama starts with a brief appearance of a trio of witches and then moves to a military camp. Meanwhile when the two generals are returning to their country they encounter the witches who tell them about their prophecy that Macbeth will be made thane a rank of Scottish nobility of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland. They both are skeptic about the words of the witches untill the news comes that the king had Macbeth named the thane of Cawdor. Macbeth starts wondering about the other half of the prophecy, him being the king of scotland. Macbeth tells his wife, Lady Macbeth all about the prophecy and the Lady in the greed of the throne persuades Macbeth to kill the former king so as to become the king of scotland himself. Macbeth gets the throne but never is there a day that he doesnot worry of it getting stolen from him like it was from the former king. To stay in his throne for as long as possible Macbeth commits many crimes.
The story is a simple one of lust for power and seemingly endless murder. I could tell from the beginning that it was doomed to fail, as this is a tragic play. There is no happy ending. However, it is reasonably entertaining, being one of my favourite Shakespearean plays. I first read this in high school about 20 years ago, so it was interesting to see what I could remember. It was shorter than I remember.
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William Shakespeare, the great English playwright, is renowned for his many works, ranging from plays to poetry to sonnets. However, Macbeth is considered to be his best achievement, known for its dark and powerful theme. When he receives a prophecy from three witches that declares he will be the King of Scotland, Macbeth becomes consumed with his growing ambition. With the urge of his wife, Macbeth commits a horrible murder in order to take the throne for himself. This terrible deed soon triggers a chain of multiple actions that eventually lead to a civil war that throws Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into a world of treachery, madness, and death. Compared to the other Shakespearean plays that I have read, Macbeth was fairly easy to follow, as it had a plot line that was intriguing, almost like a novel. I found it interesting how Macbeth, who was once an honorable general, transformed into a heartless monster, whose ambition made him lose all sense of right and wrong.