Macbeth By William Shakespeare : A Play Centered Around King, Country, And Best Laid Plans

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a play centered around king, country, and best laid plans. In 1785, Robert Burns wrote the poem To a Mouse, a tale about how even the best (or worst) ideas can have terrible consequences. The most famous quote relates to Lady Macbeth and how her plans d0 not turn out the way she imagines they will: “The best-laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men/ Gang aft a-gley,/ An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,/ For promis’d joy! (Burns, 39-42). When she encouraged MacBeth to kill Duncan and become queen, she thought it would bring her joy and did it with no remorse; however, what she thought she could wipe away with water changes into harrowing guilt, and she understood that even the best laid plans don’t always turn out how one wants them to. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is first introduced when Macbeth sent her a letter explaining what the three witches told him. Right away, she thinks about what horrible crimes she could commit to kill Duncan and make Macbeth king. She also speaks about Macbeth kind nature, and if she could simply get rid of all her womanly characteristics, she would do it herself. “Come, you spirits/ That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,/ And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full/ Of direst cruelty!” (Shakespeare 1. 5. 40-43). This explains that Lady Macbeth wants spirits to come and take away everything that makes her womanly and kind and make her wicked so she can become queen and be one…

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