Literary Analysis: The Tragedy Of Macbeth

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Macbeth Literary Analysis 1. Author. title genre. William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Tragedy 2. Setting: time, place and any important literary or historical context. 1606, England. Middle Ages, spefically in the 11th century. Various locations in Scotland; also England, briefly. 3. Major characters Majors: Macbeth- Protagonist, Macbeth is a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis who is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of the three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true. Macbeth is a brave soldier and a powerful man, but he is not a virtuous one. He is easily tempted into murder to fulfill his ambitions to the throne, and once he commits his first crime and is crowned…show more content…
Along the battle, Banquo and Macbeth encounters the witches. The witches prophesy that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and eventually King of Scotland. He that ideal was skeptical until Duncan's soldier came and thanked him and Banquo for the vicotry in battle and to tell MAcbeth that he was indeed been named Thane of Cawdor. Now, he's uncertain for what he expects if the prophecy is correct. Then road home to his wife and told her what happened. Lady Macbeth heard the story and desires the crown for him and wants to kill Duncan in order for him to be crown King. So late at night, she persuades him on killing the king and she drugs the chamberlin so they'll knock out. ( having someone to blame on the kings death) While Duncans asleep, Macbeht goes in for the kill despite his hallucination with a bloody dagger and supernatural effects. After Duncan's death has ben found out, he killed the two chamberlins for their "crime" and gets the kingship. Ducan's sons fleed to England fearing that they're going to die as…show more content…
"Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown and put a barren scepter in my grip, thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand, no son of mine succeeding." Macbeth prophesized that he would be king from the witches, but they also said that Banquo would possess the throne as well. His jealousy seduced him to kill Banquo. 7. Narrative Point of View - Shakespeare put the play in a 3rd person point of view. He focuses mainly on fate and free will with the witches palying on the part foreshadowing Macbeth choices. Shakespeare proves us it's liable due to Macbeth choices on his own freewill that he killed Banquo which the witches said nothing about the death of them rather he is still going to be king wihtout their death. 8. Theme- Fate vs. Free Will- . In Macbeth, the Witches represent this influence. The play makes an important distinction: Fate may dictate what will be, but how that destiny comes about is a matter of chance (and, in a Christian world such as Macbeth's) of man's own choice or free will. Although Macbeth is told he will become king, he is not told how to achieve the position of king: that much is up to him. We the audiance cannot blame him for becoming king (it is his Destiny), but we can blame him for the way in which he chooses to get there (by his own free will). 9.Significant quotes (5) 1) "Fair is foul, and foul is fair." ACT1,SCENE1,

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