Play Expert Paper Macbeth

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Tammy Adams Marie Mahon ENG 450 21 September 2012 Play Expert Paper-Macbeth The Tragedy of Macbeth warns of lofty ambitions and ill-gotten gains. A highly respected general faced with a moral dilemma, goes against his previous strengths, and unearths his morbid weaknesses. The active decision to choose good over evil appears evident at the start of the play, yet the once brave general, loyal to the crown and his country seems driven by another force. A force stronger than Macbeth’s valor seems highly unlikely, but the tragic events escalate and Macbeth abuses his position and the trust his King places in him. The turn of events poses, the question of whom or what has coerced Macbeth to surrender his control? When in reality it has been under his control all along, just in need of a catalyst. Ultimately, Macbeth abandons his post as protector and takes on the role of predator. Macbeth is a very dark and tragic play composed somewhere about 1606 to 1607; King James of Scotland sat on the throne of England and his appointed performers were Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (Greenblatt). King James was interested in the theater, current events, and witchcraft (Rolfe). Shakespeare was grateful to King James for naming his company, “The Kings Men,” and for being so supportive of the theater, some say he wrote Macbeth to honor him; Shakespeare included a scene of the witches producing an image of King James ascending to the throne, through the lineage of Banquo (The Historical Context of Macbeth). Shakespeare’s principal historical source for Macbeth is Rapheal Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland(1587) (Greenblatt). Rapheal Holinshed researched much of his material through a man by the name of Hector Boece, in turn he recieved his information from John Fordun a fourteenth century priest and Andrew of Wyntoun a fifteenth

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