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Macbeth Essay

  • Submitted by: huss20K
  • on October 21, 2013
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 795 words

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The play Macbeth was written by Shakespeare around the year 1606 about 407 years ago, in the play Macbeth there are eight lead characters.
Duncan: the king of Scotland, he is presented as a true and gracious leader kind and honest to his people.
Malcom: Duncan’s elder son. Early in the play Malcom is named as Duncan’s heir, the next king of Scotland.
Macbeth: A mighty and ambitious warrior, one of the leaders of Duncan’s army. A witches prophecy leads him to murder Duncan so that he himself can be king but his mind afterwards will never let him rest.
Lady Macbeth: Macbeth’s wife. She is even more ambitious than her husband, and has fewer sympathy for duncan’s death. She urges Macbeth to kill Duncan, and refuses to understand his doubts and hesitations. Gradually her close relationship with Macbeth crumbles into nothing.
Banquo: Macbeths co-commander in Duncan’s army. He also hears the witches prophecies, but resists their temptation.
Macduff: the thane of fife, A brave warrior in Duncan’s army that suspects Macbeth as the one who killed Duncan to gain power over Scotland.
Ross: A Scottish thane. He is a valuable commentator on the action of the play and its effects in the wider world outside Macbeths castle.
The Witches: three witches, or supernatural phenomena. Called the weird sisters in shakespeare’s play. Early in the play they meet with Macbeth and Banquo and they give Macbeth three prophecies.
At the beginning of the play we first meet Macbeth, he is described as a noble and an honest soldier in Duncan’s army, later on him and Banquo meet the three witches, they give Macbeth three prophecies All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth that shalt be king here after.
At first Macbeth took these prophecies sort of like a compliment but then a messenger came on behalf of the king and tells him that he has been promoted to the title Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth then starts to believes...

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